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Life Is A Rollercoaster - Flames @ Canucks Game 2 Preview

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After yet another third period miracle, the Flames take a series lead into game 2 against the Vancouver Canucks.

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Calgary Flames @ Vancouver Canucks - 8PM MT

CBC (TV), OMNI (Punjabi TV), Sportsnet 960 The FAN (Radio)

I'll admit, I was thinking that for the majority of game one (recap/stats/analysis) I'd be writing this saying that it was only game one, and that the Flames were still in this series, but then this happened:

And then this happened:

All of a sudden, the Flames had gone from one game down to one game up, and I went from this:

To this:

I think the game perfectly summed up the Flames this season. Frustrating at times, sometimes impotent on the offence, but when it comes together, and it goes well, it is glorious. Now to do it again.

Hey, what about that first period performance from Sam Bennett, Mikael Backlund and Joe Colborne? That was good. More of that. That was Bennett's second NHL game. Imagine how good he's going to be when he has some more games under his belt?

Michael Ferland deserves a lot of credit for his best game yet, too, despite being drawn into a daft penalty by Derek Dorsett. He learnt from that, and spent the rest of the game atoning for it. Ferland, Matt Stajan and David Jones worked really well together. The Flames need to build on these positives going into game two.

That said, the Canucks had a lot of good chances, and the Flames were very reliant on Jonas Hiller once again. The Sedins seemed to have the freedom of the city at times, and that needs addressing. Although, I thought Deryk Engelland was excellent and TJ Brodie looked like he was playing alongside Mark Giordano again.

Kevin Bieksa will be a game time decision for Willie Desjardins, although he is expected to play. The Flames are due to play the same lineup that won game one.

While we'd all appreciate an easier game, and one where we could all relax, that would not be the 2014-15 Flames, would it?

Playoff Leaders

Calgary Flames Vancouver Canucks
Record: 1-0 Record: 0-1
Goal Differential: +1 Goal Differential: -1
Time on ice
Defence
Dennis Wideman (30:03)
Forward
Sean Monahan (20:09)
Defence
Alexander Edler (22:11)
Forward
Radim Vrbata (17:50)
Points
Goals
David Jones (1)
Kris Russell (1)
Assists
Michael Ferland (1)
Sam Bennett (1)
Dennis Wideman (1)
Points
David Jones (1)
Kris Russell (1)
Michael Ferland (1)
Sam Bennett (1)
Dennis Wideman (1)
Goals
Bo Horvat (1)
Assists
Jannick Hansen (1)
Alexander Edler (1)
Points
Bo Horvat (1)
Jannick Hansen (1)
Alexander Edler (1)
Shots
Shots on goal
Sam Bennett (4)
Dennis Wideman (4)
David Schlemko (4)
Shooting percentage
Kris Russell (100%)
David Jones (33.3%)
Shots on goal
Radim Vrbata (6)
Daniel Sedin (6)
Shooting percentage
Bo Horvat (50%)
Faceoff Leaders
Matt Stajan (71%) Henrik Sedin (79%)
#GRITCHART
Penalty minutes
Sam Bennett (2)
Johnny Gaudreau (2)
Michael Ferland (2)
Hits
Michael Ferland (7)
Blocked shots
Kris Russell (5)
Penalty minutes
Chris Higgins (2)
Hits
Derek Dorsett (7)
Blocked shots
Alexander Edler (4)
5v5 Corsi/Fenwick (minimum 10mins per game played)
Corsi for%
David Schlemko (70%, 1 GP)
David Jones (66.67%, 1GP)
Fenwick for%
David Schlemko (84.62%,1 GP)
David Jones (73.91%, 1 GP)
Corsi for%
Daniel Sedin (78.26%, 1 GP)
Dan Hamhuis (73.08%, 1 GP)
Fenwick for%
Daniel Sedin (80%, 1 GP)
Henrik Sedin (72.73%, 1 GP)
Save percentage
All situations
Jonas Hiller (.967%)
Even strength
Jonas Hiller (.960%)
All situations
Eddie Lack (.933%)
Even strength
Eddie Lack (.929%)

Potential Starting Lineups (subject to change)

Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Sam Bennett Mikael Backlund Joe Colborne
Michael Ferland Matt Stajan David Jones
Brandon Bollig Markus Granlund Josh Jooris
Left Defence Right Defence
TJ Brodie Deryk Engelland
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
David Schlemko Corey Potter
Goalies
Jonas Hiller
Karri Ramo
Vancouver Canucks
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Alexandre Burrows
Chris Higgins Nick Bonino Radim Vrbata
Shawn Matthias Brad Richardson Derek Dorsett
Ronalds Kenins Bo Horvat Jannik Hansen
Left Defence Right Defence
Alexander Edler Chris Tanev
Dan Hamhuis Yannick Weber
Kevin Bieksa Luca Sbisa
Goalies
Eddie Lack
Ryan Miller

Make sure you join us in the gamethread to discuss game two, and we can go through all the emotions that the Flames put us through together.