This Should Be Epic: Canucks-Flames Game Preview

  Flames (34-24-9)
Canucks (42-23-3)

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Time 7:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series 3-1 Flames
Last Meeting 3-2 Flames (01-09-10)
The Enemy Matchsticks and Gasoline Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 27-64-91     Iginla: 31-33-64
Flames Category Canucks
9th Conference Position 3rd
6-3-1
Last 10 7-2-1
2.52 (26th)
Goals Per Game 3.26 (2nd)
2.40 (3rd)
Least Goals Against Per Game 2.53 (8th)
1.06 (11th)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.30 (2nd)
16.7 (22nd)
Power Play %
21.4 (5th)
83.2 (10th) Penalty Kill %
81.0 (18th)
28.4 (27th)
Shots Per Game 30.6 (12th)
29.0 (7th)
Least Shots Against Per Game 29.0 (7th)
64.3 (18th)
Winning % When Scoring First 80.6 (2nd)
69.6 (19th)
Winning % When Leading After 1 87.0 (3rd)
28.0 (20th)
Winning % When Trailing After 1 45.9 (4th)
87.1 (12th)
Winning % When Leading After 2 96.3 (3rd)
13.6 (17th)
Winning % When Trailing After2 37.0 (1st)
47.3 (29th)
Faceoffs % 51.3 (7th)
15.1 (25th)
Least PIM's Per Game 15.5 (26th)
+15 (8th) + / - GF/GA (see here)
+41 (2nd)

Look out! Here come the renewed, revamped and red hot Calgary Flames! They have won 4 in a row and 5 of their last 6. They are desperately trying to get into a playoff spot but keep getting bumped by Detroit. Interestingly enough, the Flames will play the Wings tomorrow.

The Canucks are coming off a one-sided victory over the Senators, who went home in tears. They have won 6 straight home games (yeah it's spread out) to improve their overall home record to 24-7-1. Calgary has an amazing road record: 17-9-6.

On Calgary's current 4 game winning streak:

-they have outscored their opponents 16-7.

-Jarome (Iguana) Iginla had 4 goals and 3 assists.

-Rene Bourque had 2 goals and 5 assists

-Matt Stajan had 1 goal and 3 assists.

-Chris Higgins has 2 goals and 1 assist

-Ian White (still one of my faves, even if he's wearing the red) had 3 assists

-Daymond Langkow had 2 goals

-Jamal Mayers, Curtis (Glengarry) Glencross, and Mark Giordano each scored a goal and an assist.

So, obviously, huge contributions from their top line but other guys are cashing in as well.

Geez, 4 ex-Leafs on this squad, and Sutter's huge makeover at the deadline looks to be finally paying off.

No lineup changes for the Canucks. Shane O'Brien and Tanner Glass will sit again. Wondering why OB is out and the awkward Andrew Alberts is in?

"It's not so much Shane O'Brien as we've got Andrew Alberts and I don't know a whole lot about Andrew Alberts," Rick Bowness said today.  "We better know what we have going into the playoffs, it's as simple as that." -The Province.

Alright, now for some clips:

1. Rypien vs Prust. Does this ass-kicking ever get old?

2. Mason Raymond's first career hat trick came against the Flames in December. Dog pile!

3. The best goal against the Flames ever has to be this one:

4. Still the best save I've ever seen: Kirk McLean stones Robert reichel in that same game, in overtime.

Are you ready? Are you ready? Alright! Let's get it on!

Remember, we will be donating 5 cents to the Canucks For Kids fundraiser for every comment posted in the game thread. Stretch those fingers out!

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