Flames At Canucks Game Preview: Welcome Back Mr. Salo!

FLAMES
CANUCKS

AT

Time Sat. 7:00 PM PST
TV CBC
Season Series  2-0-1 Canucks
Last Meeting
4-3 Flames (Jan.22/11)
The Enemy Matchsticks and Gasoline Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 29-43-72 Iginla: 22-29-51
Flames
Category   Canucks    
28-21-8 Season Record 35-11-9
8th
Conference Position 1st
Lost 1
Streak Lost 1
12-12-5
< Road Record / Home Record >
19-4-5
8-0-2
Last 10 6-1-3
-2
Goals For / Against +/- +55
2.79 (13)
Goals Per Game 3.34 (2)
2.86 (18)
Goals Against Per Game 2.29 (2)
1.00 (15)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.33 (3)
16.7 (21)
Power Play %
24.5 (1)
82.2 (15)
Penalty Kill %
85.8 (4)
30.5 (15)
Shots Per Game 32.5 (6)
28.0 (3)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.5 (18) 
70.4 (14)
Winning % When Scoring First 80.6 (5)
66.7 (24)
Winning % When Leading After 1 92.3 (3) 
85.0 (18)
Winning % When Leading After 2 89.7 (13) 
48.4 (25)
Faceoffs % 55.5 (1)
11.5 (11)
PIM's Per Game Average
11.8 (13) 
NHL.com

Update: Salo returning Saturday means no one guessed his return date correctly in Beantown Canucks' "When Will Salo Return" contest.

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If Sami Salo steps and shows little rust then the Canucks have a terrific weapon on the back end. Of Salo's 9 goals in 66 games last season, 6 of them were on the power play. 7 of his 19 assists came on the power play. He's not afraid to let that cannon go.

The Flames are rolling, even though they lost to the Ducks in a shootout Friday night. They have attained 18 of a possible 20 points in their last 10 games. They have come from out of nowhere and entered the playoff race. But they have to keep winning... A LOT to maintain that playoff spot. They have played 3 more games than 9th place Minnesota and 10th place Los Angeles. This will apply after tomorrow night as well.

Several weeks ago Brent Sutter implemented a plan to keep his Flames focused. He told them to focus on a 3 game span and to win that best out of 3. Sort of like playing a 3 game playoff series all the time to avoid stressing out about the hole they were in. That seemed to do the trick. They are rolling now and have not lost in regulation in 10 games.

So this is going to be an excellent game. Then again, Canucks-Flames games always are.

Calgary is 2-4 in their last 6 in Vancouver. Canucks are 4-0-1 in their last 5 against the Flames.

 

LINKS

-The transformation of McMahon Stadium for next week's Heritage Classic (Calgary Herald)

-Reid Report: The debuts of Salo and Oreskovich

-Did you know Nolan Baumgartner has a hand injury? DON'T GET HURT SALO!

-I read somewhere that Kevin Bieksa is the guest on HNIC's After Hours. Maybe he'll stare a hole through Scott Oake. Bah, I'm usually too canned to care by that point anyway.




PROJECTED STARTING GOALTENDERS


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 41 2449 26 8 91 2.23 1235 1144 .926 3


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Miikka Kiprusoff 48 2841 24 18 128 2.70 1310 1182 .902 3




WHO'S HOT / COLD

CANUCKS

HOT

-Daniel Sedin: 2 goals and 12 assists in his last 10 games.

-Ryan Kesler: 9 goals and 4 assists in his last 10.

-Alexandre Burrows: 6 goals and 3 assists in his last 8.

-Mikael Samuelsson: 5 goals and 7 assists in his last 7. SWEET HELEN OF TROY!

-Henrik Sedin: 1 goal and 4 assists in his last 3 games.

 

COLD

-Manny Malhotra: 0 points in his last 19 games.

-Raffi Torres: 1 assist in his last 13.

 

FLAMES

HOT

-Olli Jokinen: 2 goals and 7 assists in his last 7.

-Curtis Glencross: 4 goals and 3 assists in his last 6.

-Jarome Iginla: 1 goal and 5 assists in his last 4 games.

-Brendan Morrison: 4 goals and 8 assists in his last 10.

-Robyn Regehr: 1 goal and 6 assists in his last 5.

 

COLD

-Rene Bourque: 1 goal in his last 11 games.

-Jay Bouwmeester: 0 points in his last 11.

-Matt Stajan: 1 goal in his last 7 games.

 

NOTABLE INJURIES

CANUCKS

-D Alex Edler: back

-D Keith Ballard: knee

-D Dan Hamhuis: concussion

FLAMES

-F Alex Tanguay: strained neck (might play)

-D Adam Pardy: upper body

 

VIDEO

The last meeting: Fortune cookie not so good:

Insanely odd MayRay goal against Kipper:

GO CANUCKS!

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