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Flames vs. Blue Jackets

Posted 21 Jan 2009 — by admin
Category Columbus Blue Jackets, Flames, Game Day

After 2 disappointing losses to teams that the Flames should have beat – on paper – they will play host to the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at the Saddledome.

Look for the Flames to come out with some vigor in this game as they seek to get back to their winning ways after losing 2 consecutive games for the first time since early November. They will be facing former teammate Kristian Huselius and a Columbus team that has struggled on the road this season, going 9-13-3 so far away from home. But this same team has won 8 of its last 12 games… so you could say they have a bit of a ‘hot streak’ going…

Todd Bertuzzi doesn’t look ready to make his return to the Flames lineup just yet, so look for Jim Vandermeer to be replacing him on the wing.

To be successful tonight, the Flames will need to tighten up their defence and not allow so many 2nd shot chances on their goalie. They will also need to spark some offence early from their primary and secondary scorers. Look for Mike Cammalleri to continue his goal-scoring streak and for Jarome Iginla to step up his game and provide some offense.

Avalanche – Flames Preview

Posted 18 Nov 2008 — by admin
Category Colorado Avalanche, Game Day, Pre-game

After a few days rest and reflection, the Calgary Flames will play the Colorado Avalanche tonight at the Saddledome. The Avalanche, currently on a 3-game win streak, are seeking to move out of the Northwest Division basement, while the Flames are looking to regain some momentum after losing 5 of their last 7 games.
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The Flames will need the help of their All-Star candidates tonight, 2 of whom have continued to score while the Flames have faltered in recent games. They will need Captain Jarome Iginla to continue his offensive production as well as Dion Phaneuf to play a solid game and put some points on the board. The Flames will also need a great game from Miikka Kiprusoff who has been cold lately. Also look for Daymond Langkow to step-up and make a contribution – something he’s had a hard time doing in the last 7 games.

The Flames should have some help from Dustin Boyd and Curtis Glencross who both have 2 points in their last 2 games, as well as from Avs-killer Mike Cammalleri, who has had his best games this season against the Avalanche.

But The Flames will need to put more than one puck behind Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj – something that only the Edmonton Oilers have been able to do in the last 3 games. Budaj has been hot, registering a shutout against Minnesota and allowing one goal against Vancouver.

The Flames also need to keep the Avalanche from getting 2nd and 3rd chances of their own. This defensive breakdown has been the Flames weak point in the last few games, and will surely either make-or-break the game tonight.

Either way, the next 2 games will be interesting to watch, as divisional rivalries always are. The Flames host the Avalanche tonight, then head to Denver on Thursday to battle them on their home turf.

A Chance to End Colorado’s Season Tonight

Posted 03 Apr 2007 — by admin
Category Game Day, preview

The Calgary Flames can finalize the Western Conference playoff field, and end the Colorado Avalanche’s run of 11 straight postseason appearances, when the teams meet at the Pengrowth Saddledome on Tuesday night.

If the Flames can win a season-high seventh straight game, they’ll clinch a third straight playoff spot and ensure the Avalanche franchise misses the playoffs for the first time since 1993-94, when it was the Quebec Nordiques.

Despite equaling a season high with six straight victories, originally set from Nov. 4-17, the Flames have only been able to increase their lead over Colorado by three points. The Avs are 12-1-2 in their last 15 games.

“The big thing is Colorado is right there,” Flames center Craig Conroy said, “so it feels like playoff time already.”

The teams remained seven points apart with one-goal victories Saturday. Calgary completed a perfect four-game road trip with a 3-2 win at Vancouver, while the Avalanche rallied for a 2-1 home victory over Minnesota.

“We were hoping that (Tuesday’s game would have) some meaning and it was going to be an important game,” Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. “And it is.”

Miikka Kiprusoff will look to lead the Flames to their first seven-game win streak since an eight-game run from Nov. 1-16, 2005. He’s stopped 175 of 184 shots and has not allowed more than two goals during the six consecutive victories, during which he has a 1.47 goals-against average.

“We knew we were in a tight spot and battling for a playoff position, and fortunately we were able to pick up our game,” said Flames center Daymond Langkow, who has totaled two goals and three assists in the last two games. “It’s because we’re playing a lot better defensively.”

The Flames, whose 30 home wins lead the NHL, have scored more than three goals only once in their last nine games. Calgary hopes it can rely on Kiprusoff’s home-ice dominance – his 28-7-2 record at home is the league’s best – as it looks to secure a postseason spot and climb past seventh-place Minnesota, which is one point ahead of the Flames.

“Every game for a long time now has been big,” Kiprusoff said. “We still need to win.”

Kiprusoff is 6-2-0 with a tie and a 2.97 GAA in 10 home games against Colorado. He’s lost the last two meetings overall, however, as Colorado evened the season series at three games apiece. Kiprusoff is 9-7-0 with a 2.96 GAA in 19 overall appearances against the Avalanche.

Despite their recent hot streak, it may be too late for the Avs to extend the franchise’s run of playoff appearances. Colorado and Calgary will each have three games left after Tuesday, and the Avs almost certainly will have to win out to surpass the Flames.

“We have to play desperate,” Colorado defenseman John-Michael Liles said. “We have ourselves to blame because we put ourselves in this position and we put ourselves behind the 8-ball. We finally put together a heck of a run.”

The Avalanche showed their poise in beating Minnesota, getting the winner from rookie Paul Stastny on a power play with 6:33 left in second period. That ended a six-game goal drought for Stastny, who has three points in seven games since his NHL rookie-record 20-game point streak was snapped.

“These are desperation times,” Stastny said. “It has loosened us up. We sure aren’t nervous.”

Colorado’s Peter Budaj is 11-0-2 with a 2.22 GAA in his last 14 starts and hasn’t allowed more than three goals during that span. However, he’s 3-5-1 with a 3.66 GAA in 11 appearances against Calgary, including 0-4-0 with a 3.83 GAA in five games at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

“We have to come together and play desperately,” Liles said. “You only hope it’s not too late.”

Flames – Predators Preview

Posted 28 Oct 2006 — by admin
Category Game Day, Nashville Predators, preview

The Calgary Flames have played very well at the Pengrowth Saddledome. So have the Nashville Predators lately.

After a strong opening to a three-game homestand, the Flames look to avoid a fourth straight home loss to the first-place Predators when the clubs meet Saturday.

Calgary (3-4-1), in last place in the Northwest Division, ended a three-game losing streak with a 6-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.

“We’ve still got lots of things to work on, but we took a step in the right direction,” Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr said after the opener of the homestand, which ends Monday against Washington.

Calgary is 2-1-0 at the Saddledome after going 30-7-4 there last season, when it was among the league’s best teams at home.

Nashville (5-3-1), though, was one of two visiting teams to win two games at Calgary last season. The other was Vancouver, but it played there four times while the Predators visited only twice.

The Predators have won five straight overall against the Flames and three in a row at the Saddledome since Jan. 22, 2004. Nashville outscored Calgary 18-9 in sweeping last season’s four meetings.

Nashville is 5-0-1 since dropping three straight to open this season, moving atop the Central Division.

The Predators beat San Jose 4-3 on Thursday in the first game between the teams since the Sharks ousted Nashville in the first round of the playoffs last season.

Now Nashville heads on a four-game road trip that will wind through western Canada before wrapping up in Minnesota a week from Saturday. After Friday’s victory, a number of Predators emphasized the importance of winning Thursday’s game before starting the trip.

“We’re on a roll here,” said Nashville right wing Scott Hartnell, who had the game-winning goal against the Sharks. “We’re feeling good. We’ve just got to take this show on the road.”

Hartnell had two goals Thursday to give him a team-leading five for the season.

“He’s great around the net,” Predators center Jason Arnott said. “He’s got sweet hands around the net.”

Nashville right wing Steve Sullivan, who has three goals and four assists in six games, missed Thursday’s game with back spasms. His status for Saturday is uncertain.

The Flames, meanwhile, hope to continue getting their special teams on track. They scored three times on the power play and once short-handed against the Coyotes.

“Especially for a power play that’s been struggling, it’s huge,” Flames right wing Tony Amonte said.

Calgary has converted only 11.1 percent (6-for-54) of its opportunities with the man advantage.

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 26 shots on Thursday to improve to 3-4-1. He started last season 2-4-1 before backstopping the Flames to a 3-1 win over Edmonton, starting a personal eight-game win streak. Kiprusoff would finish the season with a 42-10-11 record and 2.07 goals-against average, winning the Vezina Trophy.

Courtesy of NHL.com