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Once More Unto The Breach - Flames @ Canucks Game 5 Preview

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One win from the next three games puts the Flames in round two. Why use three to do it, though, when you can do it in one?

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Calgary Flames @ Vancouver Canucks - 8PM MT

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

Before we begin, a bit of culture.

Do you know what Game 4 (recap/stats) reminded me of? The game against the Maple Leafs, when the Flames just dominated, and never looked troubled - even when they conceded. As soon as the second goal went in, I was comfortable, and thought that was that. The Canucks started the game looking shellshocked and finished it despondent. Can they turn it around? Sure. Will they?

I'm not brave enough to say no yet.

But, let's look at the evidence. Michael Ferland has had the freedom of the series, and is dictating the pace of the game. Sam Bennett is blossoming right in front of our eyes, showing all the potential that has us very excited. TJ Brodie is getting back to his best, and forcing play forward the way that only he really can on this side. The top line are coming into games now, with Johnny Gaudreau the best of them, and Jiri Hudler seeming to shake off whatever has been wrong with him. Jonas Hiller has been solid and steady, with moments of flash and wonder.

The Canucks? Well, the Sedins look up for the battle, as does Bo Horvat, but does anybody else? Eddie Lack looks to have been chased out of the series, Kevin Bieksa's too interested in trying to second-guess Michael Ferland, and the rest have been stunned into submission.

With all that said, the Flames are at a point, after two great home performances, where they need one win from the remaining three games of the series, and while it would be nice for them to do it at the Saddledome in front of the C of Red, it would be even better if they were to do it at Rogers Arena tonight.

Playoff Leaders

Calgary Flames Vancouver Canucks
Record: 3-1 Record: 1-3
Goal Differential: +2 Goal Differential: -2
Time on ice
Defence
Dennis Wideman (27:15/game)
Forward
Sean Monahan (20:08/game)
Defence
Alexander Edler (23:36/game)
Forward
Henrik Sedin (17:39/game)
Points
Goals
Kris Russell (2)
Sam Bennett (2)
Assists
Dennis Wideman (3)
Points
Kris Russell (4)
Johnny Gaudreau (3)
Sam Bennett (3)
Dennis Wideman (3)
TJ Brodie (3)
Goals
Bo Horvat (1)
Daniel Sedin (1)
Chris Higgins (1)
Ronalds Kenins (1)
Radim Vrbata (1)
Shawn Matthias (1)
Jannick Hansen (1)
Henrik Sedin (1)
Assists
Bo Horvat (2)
Nick Bonino (2)
Alexandre Burrows (2)
Christopher Tanev (2)
Alexander Edler (2)
Points
Bo Horvat (3)
Special Teams
Powerplay: 36.4%
Powerplay Goals For: 4
Penalty Kill: 83.3%
Shorthanded Goals For: 0
Powerplay: 16.7%
Powerplay Goals For: 2
Penalty Kill: 63.6%
Shorthanded Goals For: 0
Shots
Shots on goal
Mikael Backlund (12)
Shooting percentage
Kris Russell (33.3%)
Shots on goal
Daniel Sedin (15)
Shooting percentage
Yannick Hansen (33.3%)
Faceoff Leaders
Matt Stajan (62.71%) Bo Horvat (57.5%)
#GRITCHART
Penalty minutes
Deryk Engelland (44)
Hits
Michael Ferland (27)
Blocked shots
Kris Russell (19)
Deryk Engelland (18)
Penalty minutes
Alexandre Burrows (21)
Hits
Derek Dorsett (13)
Blocked shots
Christopher Tanev (12)
5v5 Corsi/Fenwick (minimum 10mins per game played)
Corsi for%
David Jones (53.76%, 4GP)
David Schlemko (52.56%, 4GP)
Fenwick for%
David Jones (65.57%, 4GP)
Michael Ferland (63.33%, 4GP)
Corsi for%
Henrik Sedin (76.34%, 4GP)
Daniel Sedin (71.28%, 4GP)
Fenwick for%
Henrik Sedin (73.13%, 4GP)
Daniel Sedin (69.57%, 4GP)
Save percentage
All situations
Jonas Hiller (.938%)
Even strength
Jonas Hiller (.947%)
All situations
Ryan Miller (1.000%)
Eddie Lack (.886%)
Even strength
Ryan Miller (1.000%)
Eddie Lack (.920%)

Potential Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)

Alex Burrows is officially done for the series, suffering a broken/dislodged rib (dependent on who you believe) after allegedly taking a puck to the chest in practice before Game 4. Brandon McMillan drew in, not that you'd have noticed on the night.

Ryan Miller gets the start, as does Sven Baertschi. Brad Richardson will be a game-time decision.

The Flames are expected to retain the same lineup: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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
Vancouver Canucks
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Radim Vrbata
Chris Higgins Nick Bonino Sven Baertschi
Shawn Matthias Linden Vey 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
Ryan Miller
Eddie Lack

Join M&G in the gamethread, where we'll comparing Eddie Lack's father with Michael Ferland's mother (spoiler: Mama Ferland wins).