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That's the spirit: Flames @ Ottawa Senators preview (10/82)

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We're almost 1/8th of the way through the season, and things haven't gone well. It's fine, if we all sing along...

Johnny doing the hockey thing would be nice tonight
Johnny doing the hockey thing would be nice tonight
Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames @ Ottawa Senators - 5:30pm MT

Broadcast Schedule
TV Sportsnet One TVAS
Radio Sportsnet960 The Fan
Get the lowdown on the opposition at Silver Seven

What are we all worried about? What's the big deal? Everything's okay, isn't it? Let's just sing along...(song is NSFW)...

Power of positive thinking and all that.

Anyway, the road trip ends in the nation's capital, against a Senators side that is on somewhat of a slump. Having won their opening two games, they have won just one of the following six. It makes the Flames' streak look like a blip. Whether they'll become the Flames' first regulation victim remains to be seen, but it could be a good opportunity, because it isn't coming on Friday is it?

Remember this game last year? It was everything good and bad about this silly hockey club.

I miss David Schlemko :(

Season leaders
Calgary Flames Ottawa Senators
Record
4 Points 8
28th Overall Position 22nd
13th (W) Conference 12th (E)
6th (P) Division 5th (A)
2-7-0 Season Record 3-3-2
2L Current Streak 4L
17-14-4 Overall Vs 14-17-4
0-0-0 Season Vs 0-0-0
-19 Season Goal Difference -1
1.77 Goals For Average 2.875
3.88 Goals Against Average 3
Time On Ice/Game
Dennis Wideman (26.09) Defence Erik Karlsson (26:23)
Sean Monahan (20:20) Offence Mark Stone (20:24)
Points
David Jones (3)
Mark Giordano (3)
Jiri Hudler (3)
Goals Kyle Turris (4)
Mike Hoffman (4)
Johnny Gaudreau (9) Assists Erik Karlsson (8)
Johnny Gaudreau (10)
Points Mark Stone (9)
Special Teams
12.78 Powerplay% 19.23
3 Powerplay Goals For 5
Dougie Hamilton (1)
Jiri Hudler (1)
David Jones (1)
PPG Leader Milan Michalek (2)
78.57 Penalty Kill % 78.79
6 PK Goals Conceded 7
0 Shorthanded Goals For 2
Shots
Mark Giordano (25) Shots On Goal Mike Hoffman (22)
Bobby Ryan (22)
David Jones (23.1) Shot % Zack Smith (25)
Faceoff Leaders
Joe Colborne (54.5) FO% Jean-Gabriel Pageau (54.9)
Jiri Hudler (67.69) ZSO% Bobby Ryan (76.03)
#GRITCHART
Brandon Bollig (33) PIM Mark Borowieki (21)
Micheal Ferland (24) Hits Mark Borowiecki (33)
Kris Russell (35) Blocked Shots Jared Cowen (15)
Erik Karlsson (15)
5v5 Corsi (min. 10mins per game played)
Deryk Engelland (49.76) Defence Patrick Wiercioch (51.28)
Mikael Backlund (50.44) Forward Mark Stone (52.86)
5v5 Fenwick (min. 10mins per game played)
Deryk Engelland (49.06) Defence Erik Karlsson (51.13)
Mikael Backlund (53.85) Forward Mark Stone (52.86)
Save percentage
Jonas Hiller (87.2)
Joni Ortio (90)
All Situations % Andrew Hammond (87.5)
Craig Anderson (91.79)
Jonas Hiller (88.24)
Joni Ortio (91.43)
Even Strength
5 on 5 %
Andrew Hammond (95.24)
Craig Anderson (92.67)
Data courtesy of nhl.com and war-on-ice.com

ICYMI

Calgary Flames 0-4 New York Islanders

Game recapNY double-header stats recap

Too many shots not on goal (including a couple from Joe Colborne that missed an empty net), too many defenders not doing their jobs. It's going to be a long season, kids.

Don't I know you?

Derek Grant spent five years with the Senators organisation, the vast majority with their AHL affiliate.

Projected lines

  • I don't want you to get too excited, but...
  • There's a chance T.J. Brodie makes his return tonight. He participated in morning skate, paired with Mark Giordano. I'm not saying he's in, but....maybe?
  • A BIG shake up on the forward lines for this evening.
  • Sam Bennett and Michael Frolik join Johnny Gaudreau.
  • Joe Colborne is paired with Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler.
  • Mikael Backlund finds himself on the third line, between Mason Raymond and David Jones.
  • There's no Matt Stajan, as Derek Grant centers Brandon Bollig and Josh Jooris.
Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sam Bennett Michael Frolik
Joe Colborne Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Mason Raymond Mikael Backlund David Jones
Brandon Bollig Derek Grant Josh Jooris
Left Defence Right Defence
Mark Giordano T.J. Brodie
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
Deryk Engelland Dougie Hamilton
Goalies
Jonas Hiller (s) Joni Ortio
  • Craig Anderson gets the start in goal for the Sens, who have Clarke Macarthur and Chris Phillips on the IR. Mark Stone has continued his form that saw him as a Calder candidate last season.
  • Mike Hoffman is labelled as "unlikely", with Curtis Lazar also expected to miss out. Milan Michalek was doubtful after blocking a shot the hard way, but will play.
Ottawa Senators (c/o dailyfaceoff.com)
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Shane Price Kyle Turris Mark Stone
Matt Puempel Mika Zibanejad Bobby Ryan
Milan Michalek Jean-Gabriel Pageau Alex Chiasson
Max McCormik Zack Smith Chris Neil
Left Defence Right Defence
Marc Methot Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen Mark Borowiecki
Cody Ceci Patrick Wiercioch
Goalies
Craig Anderson (s) Andrew Hammond

Milestones

A shutout would be Craig Anderson's 30th in the NHL, and a hat trick for Kyle Turris would bring up 100 goals. Bobby Ryan is four points from 400, with Marc Methot three away from 100. David Jones still needs four goals for 100.

Other games tonight

Road Home Time (MT)
Penguins Capitals 6:00pm
Predators Sharks 8:30pm

Join us in the gamethread, where we'll be singing along, a little goddamn louder.