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The Saints are coming: Flames vs St. Louis Blues preview (3/82)

Finally, the Flames get some new opposition, in the shape of Jay Bouwmeester and his Blues (which is a great name for a jazz group).

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St Louis Blues @ Calgary Flames - 7PM MT

Broadcast Schedule
TV SportsNet Flames Fox Sports Mid-west
Radio Sportsnet960 The Fan

Finally, some different opposition! I mean, the games against the Canucks are usually pretty fun, and things usually happen, but it's nice to finally play somebody else. And so, a welcome(?) return for Jay Bouwmeester. The Saints are coming.

They're a bit of an enigma. They have many good players who can do spectacular things, but not in any kind of consistent manner. Vladimir Tarasenko probably has the potential to be an elite forward, but doesn't do it often enough yet. We all know what JayBo could have been. Their new promising rookie, Robby Fabbri, looks good, but it's very early days. They've replaced T.J. Oshie...with Troy Brouwer. A lot of the tools are there, it's finding the right way of using them.

Season leaders
Calgary Flames St. Louis Blues
Record
16th Overall Position 15th
11th (W) Conference 9th (W)
4th (P) Division 6th (C)
1-1-0 Overall 1-1-0
78-78-14 Overall Vs 78-78-14
0-0-0 Season Vs 0-0-0
-3 Season Goal Difference +1
2 Goals For Average 2.5
3.5 Goals Against Average 2
Time On Ice/Game
Kris Russell (24:31) Defence Alex Pietrangelo (25:40)
Sean Monahan (19:24) Offence Paul Stastny (20:54)
Points
Jiri Hudler (1)
Sean Monahan (1)
Johnny Gaudreau (1)
Dougie Hamilton (1)
Goals Vladimir Tarasenko (2)
Johnny Gaudreau (3) Assists Jayden Schwartz (2)
Johnny Gaudreau (4) Points Vladimir Tarasenko (3)
Special Teams
25 Powerplay% 16.6
1 Powerplay Goals For 1
Dougie Hamilton (1) PPG Leader Vladimir Tarasenko (1)
85.71 Penalty Kill % 66.6
1 PK Goals Conceded 2
0 Shorthanded Goals For 0
Shots
Michael Frolik (8) Shots On Goal Vladimir Tarasenko (10)
Dougie Hamilton (33.3) Shot % Robby Raffri (100)
Faceoff Leaders
Sam Bennett (57.14) FO% David Backes (65.71)
Johnny Gaudreau (75.76/2GP) ZSO% Vladimir Tarasenko (80/2GP)
#GRITCHART
Brandon Bollig (17) PIM Joel Edmundson (5)
Micheal Ferland (10) Hits Ryan Reaves (5)
Kris Russell (5) Blocked Shots Carl Gunnarsson (4)
Jay Bouwmeester (4)
5v5 Corsi (min. 10mins per game played)
Brett Kulak (67.68/2GP) Defence Colton Parayko (61.54/2GP)
Sam Bennett (65.96/2GP) Forward Jori Lehtera (68.42/2GP)
5v5 Fenwick (min. 10mins per game played)
Brett Kulak (65.12/2GP) Defence Kevin Shattenkirk (67.5/2GP)
Michael Frolik (59.12/2GP) Forward Jori Lehtera (80.95/2GP)
Save percentage
Jonas Hiller (93.3)
Karri Ramo (88.6)
All Situations % Brian Elliott (96)
Jake Allen (84.2)
Jonas Hiller (95.5)
Karri Ramo (85.3)
Even Strength
5 on 5 %
Brian Elliott (100)
Jake Allen (86.6)
Data courtesy of nhl.com and war-on-ice.com

Don't I know you?

JayBo is the only active Blues player who's spent time in Calgary. The wonderful Chris Butler is in the system, but is down with the Chicago Wolves in the AHL. Kris Russell and Dennis Wideman have both worn musical notes on their chest in the past.

ICYMI

Calgary Flames 3-2 Vancouver Canucks (AOT)

Game recapStats recap

Welcome back, the Calgary Third Periods. It was a quickfire summary of 2014/15 - a decent first period, a poor second, and then they did the thing in the third. Three on three overtime was superb, I liked it, and I've liked what I've seen when it's been used elsewhere in the league. Long may it continue.

Hey, isn't Brett Kulak good? Granted, sheltered starts, but he's not giving up those sheltered starts to have atrocious possession stats. He's even dragging Deryk Engelland up a bit. Kudos to him.

Also, Johnny Hockey forever.

Projected lines

  • Jonas Hiller did nothing to lose his spot in Vancouver. He pulled off some fantastic stops and is expected to retain the starter's jersey tonight.
  • Mason Raymond also played his way into the side, so expect him to stay involved too.
  • The only question mark was whether Josh Jooris might get included, to which the answer is...no. It looks like an unchanged team.
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

  • For the Blues, Robby Raffri went off early in Saturday's 3-2 defeat in Minnesota. Initial reports had it as an upper body injury, later reported as him having taken an elbow to the head. He's out indefinitely with a concussion. Scottie Upshall or Scott Gomez will take his place.
  • Brian Elliott is yet to concede an even strength 5-on-5 goal, so expect him to get the start between the pipes.

St. Louis Blues
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Alexander Steen Paul Stastny Vladimir Tarasenko
Scottie Upshall/Scott Gomez Jori Lehtera Jaden Schwartz
Dmitrij Jaskin David Backes Troy Brouwer
Steve Ott Kyle Brodziak Ryan Reaves
Left Defence Right Defence
Jay Bouwmeester Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson Kevin Shattenkirk
Joel Edmundson Colton Parayko
Goalies
Brian Elliott (s) Jake Allen

Join us in the gamethread, where we'll be enjoying some lounge jazz.