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Figure it out, Bob: Flames @ Vancouver Canucks preview (2/82)

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Opening night didn't go too well for your protagonists, so it's up to the coach to fix the problems.

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames @ Vancouver Canucks - 8PM MT

TV: CBC (Hockey Night In Canada)
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

Well, that didn't exactly go to plan. The first few minutes aside, nothing worked. It's up to the Jack Adams-winning coach of the year to figure it out.

(Video is NSFW, the song is clean though so you'll be alright to listen to it.)

ICYMI

Vancouver Canucks 5-1 Calgary Flames

Game recapStats recap

Two fights in the first period, somewhat unnecessary - especially Micheal Ferland's 0:02 tilt. I don't have a problem with fights in the heat of the moment, but both fights - the Ferland one in particular - was just pointless. What purpose did it serve? The same can be said for Bollig vs Prust - two guys with nothing much going for them than fists. There was no real reason for it. Passion, yes. Momentum? Well after Bollig's fight the Canucks scored five times, so that clearly worked...

The fights weren't the reason the Flames lost though. They were just second best all over the ice, barring a good first few minutes where the Flames drove play and looked threatening. After that, the back end looked fragile, the forwards devoid of ideas, and Karri Ramo lost at sea.

In summary, not the start you'd want, but it's also important to remember it was game one of 82. There's still plenty of time left for things to go right.

Season leaders
Calgary Flames Vancouver Canucks
Record
0-1-0 Overall 1-0-0
146-119-33 Overall Vs 119-146-33
0-1-0 Season Vs 1-0-0
-4 Season Goal Difference +4
Time On Ice/Game
Kris Russell (24:53) Defence Alexander Edler (22:57)
Johnny Gaudreau (18:34) Offence Brandon Sutter (20:47)
Points
Jiri Hudler (1) Goals Daniel Sedin (1)
Alexandre Burrows (1)
Jannik Hansen (1)
Brandon Sutter (1)
Henrik Sedin (1)
Sean Monahan (1)
Johnny Gaudreau (1)
Assists Daniel Sedin (2)
Jiri Hudler (1)
Sean Monahan (1)
Johnny Gaudreau (1)
Points Daniel Sedin (3)
Special Teams
0 Powerplay% 0
0 Powerplay Goals For 0

PPG Leader
100 Penalty Kill % 100
0 PK Goals Conceded 0
0 Shorthanded Goals For 0
Shots
Mikael Backlund (4)
Michael Frolik (4)
Shots On Goal Daniel Sedin (7)
Jiri Hudler (33) Shot % Alexandre Burrows (33)
Jannik Hansen (33)
Brandon Sutter (33)
Faceoff Leaders
Matt Stajan (55) FO% Brandon Sutter (55.6)
Josh Jooris (88.89) ZSO% Sven Baertschi (71.43)
#GRITCHART
Brandon Bollig (15) PIM Derek Dorsett (15)
Brandon Prust (15)
Micheal Ferland (6) Hits Derek Dorsett (4)
Deryk Engelland (4) Blocked Shots Alexander Edler (3)
Christopher Tanev (3)
5v5 Corsi/Fenwick
(min. 10mins per game played)
Brett Kulak (63.33) Corsi For % Bo Horvat (72.22)
Lance Bouma (61.90) Fenwick For % Bo Horvat (68.75)
Save percentage
Karri Ramo (88.6) All Situations % Ryan Miller (96.7)
Karri Ramo (85.7) Even Strength
5 on 5 %
Ryan Miller (96.4)

Projected lines

  • Karri Ramo's audition for the starter's spot didn't go well, so it's Jonas Hiller's turn to make a case. The goalies are currently one bad game away from being left out, which I suppose is the upside of having three netties on the roster.
  • Mason Raymond survived waivers, and jumps back into the lineup as if nothing ever happened.
Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Mason Raymond Sam Bennett Michael Frolik
Lance Bouma Mikael Backlund Brandon Bollig
Micheal Ferland Matt Stajan David Jones
Left Defence Right Defence
Mark Giordano Dougie Hamilton
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
Brett Kulak Deryk Engelland
Goalies
Jonas Hiller (s) Karri Ramo

  • As for the Canucks, expect them to retain the same lineup as Wednesday night. Don't change what doesn't need changing.
Vancouver Canucks
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Brandon Sutter
Sven Baertschi Bo Horvat Radim Vrbata
Alexandre Burrows Jared McCann Jannik Hansen
Brandon Prust Adam Cracknell Derek Dorsett
Left Defence Right Defence
Alexander Edler Christopher Tanev
Dan Hamhuis Matt Bartkowski
Ben Hutton Luca Sbisa
Goalies
Ryan Miller (s) Jacob Markstrom

Join us in the gamethread, where we'll be hoping lessons have been learned.