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I'm not satisfied: Flames vs Montreal Canadiens preview (11/82)

The runaway league leaders have stumbled slightly in the last couple of games. Can the Flames capitalise?

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Calgary Flames @ Montreal Canadiens - 7:00pm MT

Broadcast Schedule
TV Sportsnet Flames CityM RDS
Radio Sportsnet960 The Fan
Get the lowdown on the opposition at Eyes On The Prize

The game against Ottawa was much better. So so much better. But still, it wasn't quite enough. Will it ever be enough?

Start game well. Lose focus later on. The comeback was a nice new addition, I liked that bit. They should never have got in that position though.

Back home tonight, as the Flames host the mighty Canadiens de Montreal. I'd have said the all-conquering Canadiens, but the wheels have slightly fallen off this week, taking a big loss in Vancouver of all places, and following that up with a narrow defeat last night in Edmonton. Can they go 0-3 on their western adventure?

Now would be an ideal time to, y'know, pick up a win Calgary.

Season leaders
Calgary Flames Montreal Canadiens
Record
5 Points 18
27th Overall Position 1st
13th (W) Conference 1st (E)
6th (P) Division 1st (A)
2-7-1 Season Record 9-2-0
3L (1OT) Current Streak 2L
42-63-15 Overall Vs 63-42-15
0-0-0 Season Vs 0-0-0
-19 Season Goal Difference +18
2 Goals For Average 3.55
3.9 Goals Against Average 1.91
Time On Ice/Game
Dennis Wideman (25:57) Defence P.K. Subban (24:37)
Sean Monahan (20:28) Offence Tomas Plekanec (18:51)
Points
David Jones (3)
Mark Giordano (3)
Jiri Hudler (3)
Goals Max Pacioretty (7)
Johnny Gaudreau (10) Assists Andrei Markov (10)
P.K. Subban (10)
Johnny Gaudreau (11)
Points Four Skaters (11)
Special Teams
14.3 Powerplay% 23.1
4 Powerplay Goals For 9
Four Skaters (1) PPG Leader Brendan Gallagher (4)
81.3 Penalty Kill % 87.2
6 PK Goals Conceded 5
0 Shorthanded Goals For 1
Shots
Mark Giordano (27) Shots On Goal Max Pacioretty (41)
David Jones (20) Shot % Torrey Mitchell (31.3)
Faceoff Leaders
Matt Stajan (53.8) FO% Brian Flynn (58.9)
Jiri Hudler (66.9) ZSO% Alexander Semin (72.34)
#GRITCHART
Brandon Bollig (35) PIM Torrey Mitchell (18)
Micheal Ferland (24) Hits Alexei Emelin (31)
Kris Russell (39) Blocked Shots Tom Gibert (34)
5v5 Corsi (min. 10mins per game played)
Deryk Engelland (53.94) Defence Alexei Emelin (55.23)
Mikael Backlund (52.21) Forward Max Pacioretty (56.68)
5v5 Fenwick (min. 10mins per game played)
Deryk Engelland (54.55) Defence Jeff Petry (54.96)
Mikael Backlund (55.08) Forward Max Pacioretty (57.41)
Save percentage
Jonas Hiller (86.14)
Joni Ortio (91.11)
Karri Ramo (87.91)
All Situations % Carey Price (93.64)
Mike Condon (94.74)
Jonas Hiller (86.47)
Joni Ortio (92.11)
Karri Ramo (85.53)
Even Strength
5 on 5 %
Carey Price (94.06)
Mike Condon (97.73)
Data courtesy of nhl.com and war-on-ice.com

ICYMI

Calgary Flames 4-5 Ottawa Senators (SOL)

Game recapStats recap

Good start? Check. Fall away late on? Check. Something of a comeback? Welcome back to last year. Lose in the end? Check. Come on Calgary, you are better than this.

Don't I know you?

WHY IS PAUL BYRON A GODDAMN HAB I AM STILL NOT OVER THIS FACT.

Projected lines

  • Jonas Hiller went down injured in Ottawa, taking a big hit from Bobby Ryan (who in fairness was very much pushed). Karri Ramo has been called up, and still has a bit of time on the waiver exemption should Hiller become fit again soon.
  • Mighty morphing Joni Ortio is expected to start tonight though, so Ramo will be on benchwarming duty.
  • Brandon Bollig looks to be sitting? That's new and different.
  • T.J. Brodie was fantastic against the Sens,showing no obvious effects of being injured.
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
Derek Grant Matt Stajan Josh Jooris
Left Defence Right Defence
Mark Giordano T.J. Brodie
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
Deryk Engelland Dougie Hamilton
Goalies
Karri Ramo Joni Ortio (s)
  • The Habs are missing Zack Kassian, but they haven't really had him yet. Paul Byron played his first game of the year last night so may stay in the side. Michel Thierren has yet to play his starter for two nights in a row, so expect Mike Condon between the pipes tonight.
Ottawa Senators (c/o dailyfaceoff.com)
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Lars Eller Alex Galchenyuk Brian Flynn
Tomas Fleischmann David Desharnais Dale Weise
Paul Byron Torrey Mitchell Devante Smith-Pelly
Left Defence Right Defence
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu Tom Gilbert
Goalies
Mike Condon (s) Carey Price

Milestones

No obvious milestones tonight folks.

Other games tonight

Road Home Time (MT)
Flyers Sabres 5:00pm
Maple Leafs Rangers 5:00pm
Blue Jackets Capitals 5:00pm
Avalanche Hurricanes 5:00pm
Senators Red Wings 5:30pm
Bruins Panthers 5:30pm
Blackhawks Wild 6:00pm
Canucks Coyotes 8:00pm

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