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Flames At Canucks Game Preview: Blind Obedience Carries Me Through It All

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Rich Lam
FLAMES

CANUCKS

AT

Time Wed. 7:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac.
Season Series 0 - 0
Last Meeting
3-2 Flames Apr. 05/12
The Enemy Matchsticks And Gasoline Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 1-2-3
Glencross: 2-1-3
Flames
Category Canucks
0-2-0 Season Record 0-1-1
14th
Conference Position 12th
Lost 2
Streak Lost 2
0-2-0
< Road Record / Home Record >
0-1-1
2.50
Goals Per Game Average
2.50
4.50
Goals Against Per Game Average
4.50
0.29
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.60
20.6 (3)
Power Play %
19.8 (4)
50.0 (4)
Penalty Kill %
22.2 (18)
41.0 (30)
Faceoffs % 46.8 (24)
34 (27)
Hits
45 (19)
26 (19)
Blocked Shots
20 (26)
19 (10)
Giveaways
8 (28)
15 (11)
Takeaways
11 (23)
8.0 (3)
PIM's Per Game Average
9.5 (5)
NHL.com

If there was ever a team that the Canucks could get their first win of the season against it would be Calgary, right? They always dominate the Flames, right? Well, no. The Canucks won 3 and lost 3 to the Flames last season. That surprised me when I went back and did the count. Daniel Sedin scored 2 goals and no assists in 4 games vs the Flames last season. Henrik Sedin had no goals and 4 assists in 6 games. Chris Higgins had 2 goals and 4 points in 5 games against his former team. Alexander Edler was a Flames killer. He scored 1 goal and added 5 assists in 6 games against the bums.

I was thinking the Canucks kill the Flames a lot because all I can remember are 3 recent sweet goals against them:

A sweet breakaway goal by Higgins:

A couple of seasons ago, Mason Raymond was a Flame retardant. He scored a hat trick against them one night, but his 2nd on the night was the most memorable:

And of course, you all will remember this one by Daniel Sedin (goal of the year):

So you can see where I get a bit misled thinking the Canucks dominate them.

Anyway, both teams are shitting the bed right off the bat. Both have lost their first 2 games. Both have allowed far too many goals against and have scored far too few to help their cause.

The Canucks will look to a shuffling of the lines to try spark more offence. The Flames, I hope, will take the beating like the bitches that they are. Too far? Hell no! It's the Flames! We f*cking hate them!

PROJECTED LINES


Cory Schneider

#35 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-2

195

Mar 18, 1986


Dank - Hank - Zank (Kassian)

Higgins - Burrows - Hansen

Weise - Schroeder - Raymond

Malhotra - Lapierre - Volpatti

Bieksa - Hamhuis

Edler - Garrison

Ballard - Tanev


Miikka Kiprusoff

#34 / Goalie / Calgary Flames

6-1

184

Oct 26, 1976



Glencross - Tanguay - Stempniak

Cammalleri - Backlund - Iginla

Baertschi - Stajan - Comeau

Roman Horak - Blair Jones - Tim Jackman

Giordano - Bouwmeester

Butler - Wideman (see below)

Brodie- Babchuk- Sarich

Oh hey! Dennis (Heeeheeheeheeeee Wipeout!)Wideman! Remember him?

OK, let me throw some whack stats at you from Covers.com:

  • Flames are 8-20 in their last 28 road games.
  • Flames are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Flames are 3-10 in their last 13 overall.
  • Flames are 3-10 in their last 13 vs. Western Conference.
  • Flames are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Northwest.
  • Flames are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record.
  • Flames are 0-4 in their last 4 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Canucks are 7-3 in their last 10 Wednesday games.
  • Canucks are 1-6 in their last 7 overall.
  • Canucks are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference.
  • Canucks are 0-5 in their last 5 home games.

Oh god we are doooooooooooooooooooomed!

PREDICTION

No we are not doomed. 4-2 Canucks, Daniel scores the winner.

SCORE-PREDICTION WIZARDS LEADERBOARD

1. andrew21nz: 2

2. Everyone else: 0

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C'mon Canucks, fill the net for f*cks sakes!