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Saddle Up - Flames vs Canucks Game 4 Preview

Home playoff hockey was awesome on Sunday night, and we get to do it again in game four.

Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks @ Calgary Flames - 8PM MT

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

Were you there on Sunday night, for game three? If so, give yourself a pat on the back. The atmosphere was most definitely turned up to 11, and the C of Red was glorious. I mean, you were helped greatly by the top-notch show the Flames put on (recap/stats/analysis), but you certainly played your part. Thank you for being the best you could be.

Oh, and thank you Flames org for this awesome video:

Now, on to game four. The Flames lead the series 2-1, and the fact remains the same: win the remaining home games and they are through to round two. They need all your noise and all your backing. You know what to do.

Winning out at home is easier said than done, but the Canucks are on the ropes. The only way they know how to deal with Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett (what a start to a career by the way) is by having to cheap shot them. Michael Ferland is in their heads, so much so the only way anyone can touch him is if they drop their gloves and cheap shot him, too (oh, hi Kevin Bieksa).

The thing I enjoyed the most about Sunday's game wasn't the score, although that was nice. It was the performance. Johnny Hockeyed, Backlund and Stajan were on it, Ferland was imperious and Brandon Bollig scored. Everybody, from Jonas Hiller through to Mason Raymond, were on form, and it was great to see. The Canucks don't know how to handle an in-form Calgary team. Not bad for a team of dumb-dumbs (oh, hi again Kevin Bieksa).

Essentially, more of the same. Play your natural game, and good things will happen.

Playoff Leaders

Calgary Flames Vancouver Canucks
Record: 2-1 Record: 1-2
Goal Differential: 0 Goal Differential: 0
Time on ice
Defence
Dennis Wideman (27:21/game)
Forward
Sean Monahan (19:15/game)
Defence
Alexander Edler (23:36/game)
Forward
Chris Higgins (17:25/game)
Points
Goals
Kris Russell (2)
Assists
Johnny Gaudreau (2)
Points
Kris Russell (3)
Johnny Gaudreau (2)
Sam Bennett (2)
Goals
Bo Horvat (1)
Daniel Sedin (1)
Chris Higgins (1)
Ronalds Kenins (1)
Radim Vrbata (1)
Shawn Matthias (1)
Jannick Hansen (1)
Assists
Bo Horvat (2)
Nick Bonino (2)
Alexandre Burrows (2)
Christopher Tanev (2)
Points
Bo Horvat (3)
Shots
Shots on goal
Mikael Backlund (10)
Shooting percentage
Kris Russell (50%)
Shots on goal
Daniel Sedin (12)
Shooting percentage
Yannick Hansen (100%)
Faceoff Leaders
Matt Stajan (68.29%) Henrik Sedin (58.18%)
#GRITCHART
Penalty minutes
Deryk Engelland (44)
Hits
Michael Ferland (19)
Blocked shots
Kris Russell (13)
Deryk Engelland (12)
Penalty minutes
Alexandre Burrows (21)
Hits
Derek Dorsett (12)
Blocked shots
Christopher Tanev (9)
5v5 Corsi/Fenwick (minimum 10mins per game played)
Corsi for%
David Schlemko (60.34%, 3GP)
David Jones (55.26%, 3GP)
Fenwick for%
David Schlemko (68.57%, 3GP)
David Jones (64.71%, 3GP)
Corsi for%
Henrik Sedin (76.81%, 3GP)
Daniel Sedin (71.64%, 3GP)
Fenwick for%
Henrik Sedin (74.51%, 3GP)
Daniel Sedin (72.55%, 3GP)
Save percentage
All situations
Jonas Hiller (.929%)
Even strength
Jonas Hiller (.925%)
All situations
Eddie Lack (.913%)
Even strength
Eddie Lack (.930%)

Potential Starting Lineups (Subject to change)

Uncle Bob Hartley called a couple of audibles in the lineup for game three, with Mason Raymond and Tyler Wotherspoon added to the side after the projected lines had gone out. Both are likely to start game four, with Raymond in particular giving the fourth line some added speed and skill.

Vancouver were to be full strength. Alex Burrows' instigator penalty from game three had been rescinded, but as we now know he was taken to hospital after being injured in morning practice, so in comes a certain Sven Baertschi, recalled this morning anyway but now certain to play.

Vancouver Canucks
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Radim Vrbata
Chris Higgins Nick Bonino Sven Baertschi
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
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 Josh Jooris Mason Raymond
Left Defence Right Defence
TJ Brodie Deryk Engelland
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
David Schlemko Tyler Wotherspoon
Goalies
Jonas Hiller
Karri Ramo

Join M&G in the gamethread, where we will be cheering on Michael Ferland in his crusade against stupid dumb-dumbs.