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Some of this tonight would be A*
Some of this tonight would be A*
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings @ Calgary Flames - 7pm MT

Broadcast Schedule
TV Sportsnet One Fox Sports - Detroit
Radio Sportsnet960 The Fan
Get the lowdown on the opposition at Winging It In Motown

There is something not quite right about this year's Calgary Flames. It's almost like they've all seen a ghost. Well, Detroit native Ray Parker Jr has the answer.

Yeah, okay, maybe not. But the Flames sure could use a white knight or two. These guys do a good clean-up job too. The defence may take lessons.

Tonight's opponents are the newly-Babcockless Detroit Red Wings. After a 3-0 start, they are 0-3 in their last three games, including a home loss to the Carolina Hurricanes and their most recent defeat in Edmonton. Two losing streaks, one has to give. Do the Flames stand a chance? Why not?

Season leaders
Calgary Flames Detroit Red Wings
Record
2 Points 6
29th Overall Position 18th
14th (W) Conference 9th (E)
7th (P) Division 5th (A)
1-5-0 Season Record 3-3-0
4L Current Streak 3L
73-79-16 Overall Vs 73-79-16
0-0-0 Season Vs 0-0-0
-13 Season Goal Difference 0
2 Goals For Average 2.66
4.16 Goals Against Average 2.66
Time On Ice/Game
Dennis Wideman (24:53) Defence Niklas Kronwall (21:55)
Sean Monahan (19:59) Offence Henrik Zetterberg (18:41)
Points
David Jones (3) Goals Justin Abdelkader (4)
Johnny Gaudreau (6) Assists Henrik Zetterberg (7)
Johnny Gaudreau (7)
Points Henrik Zetterberg (9)
Special Teams
18.75 Powerplay% 10.53
3 Powerplay Goals For 2
Dougie Hamilton (1)
Jiri Hudler (1)
David Jones (1)
PPG Leader Gustav Nyqvist (1)
Justin Abdelkader (1)
84.21 Penalty Kill % 78.26
3 PK Goals Conceded 5
0 Shorthanded Goals For 0
Shots
Johnny Gaudreau (14) Shots On Goal Dylan Larkin (16)
David Jones (33.3) Shot % Justin Abdelkader (44.4)
Faceoff Leaders
Matt Stajan (49.5) FO% Luke Clendening (56.5)
Jiri Hudler (70) ZSO% Henrik Zetterberg (70.69)
#GRITCHART
Brandon Bollig (19) PIM Teemu Pulkkinen (8)
Micheal Ferland (23) Hits Justin Abdelkader (21)
Kris Russell (20) Blocked Shots Mike Green (11)
5v5 Corsi (min. 10mins per game played)
Brett Kulak (54.78) Defence Jakub Kindl (48.37)
Sam Bennett (49.56) Forward Gustav Nyqvist (51.75)
5v5 Fenwick (min. 10mins per game played)
Brett Kulak (52.69) Defence Kyle Quincey (46.85)
Mikael Backlund (48.39) Forward Teemu Pulkkinen (51.16)
Save percentage
Jonas Hiller (87.91)
Karri Ramo (86.73)
Joni Ortio (N/A)
All Situations % Petr Mrazek (92.17)
Jimmy Howard (92.41)
Jonas Hiller (87.65)
Karri Ramo (85.53)
Joni Ortio (N/A)
Even Strength
5 on 5 %
Petr Mrazek (93.98)
Jimmy Howard (92.31)
Data courtesy of nhl.com and war-on-ice.com

Don't I know you?

Jiri Hudler played the majority of his hockey in Hockeytown.

ICYMI

Washington Capitals 6-2 Calgary Flames

Game recapTriple whammy stats recap (includes Winnipeg and Edmonton)

Yeah, this wasn't good. But, at least management have acknowledged this and have acted on it.

Projected lines

  • Things have finally snapped. Karri Ramo was placed on, and has cleared, waivers, and is now in Stockton. Jonas Hiller gets the start tonight, with Joni Ortio backing him up.
  • Who's ready for a Lad Party?!
  • Brett Kulak has gone to Stockton and Jakub Nakladal has come up in his place. He won't play tonight though - that honour goes to the aforementioned Smid.
  • After splitting the top line up for one game, they're back together again. The Bennett/Backlund experiement is also over, with Samuel centring the third line.
  • There's no room for Brandon Bollig in the latest reshuffle, as Mason Raymond slots into the fourth line. Welcome to the party, Top Six Forward Micheal Ferland.
Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Micheal Ferland Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Joe Colborne Sam Bennett David Jones
Mason Raymond Matt Stajan Josh Jooris
Left Defence Right Defence
Mark Giordano Dennis Wideman
Kris Russell Deryk Engelland
Ladislav Smid Dougie Hamilton
Goalies
Jonas Hiller (s) Joni Ortio
  • The Red Wings are missing Johan Franzen, Pavel Datsyuk and Brad Richards. Other than that, they're at full strength. Jimmy Howard starts as part of a rotation with Petr Mrazek.
Detroit Red Wings
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Justin Abdelkader Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyqvist
Tomas Tatar Dylan Larkin Teemu Pulkkinen
Darren Helm Riley Sheahan Luke Glendening
Drew Miller Joakim Andersson Landon Ferraro
Left Defence Right Defence
Niklas Kronwall Mike Green
Dan DeKeyser Kyle Quincey
Jonathan Ericsson Brendan Smith
Goalies
Jimmy Howard (s) Petr Mrazek

Milestones

The Wings' Brendan Smith plays his 200th NHL game. Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk both need two goals for 300. David Jones is still four away from 100. Zetterberg needs three assists for 500, and five more points for 800, with Sean Monahan needing one point for 100.

Other games tonight

Road Home Time (MT)
Canadiens Sabres 5:00pm
Bruins Islanders 5:30pm
Lightning Jets 6:00pm
Capitals Oilers 5:30pm
Hurricanes Kings 8:30pm

Join us in the gamethread, where we'll probably be listening to better music choices.