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Seize The Day - Flames vs Canucks Game 6 Preview

Pick up the pieces from Game 5 and move on; destiny is still in the Flames' hands.

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Vancouver Canucks @ Calgary Flames - Game 6 - 7PM MT

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

Game five (recap/stats) was not good. There's no way of sugar-coating it, the Canucks wanted it and got what they deserved. It was almost a Flames-esque performance, in some ways. A team finds its way past a hot goalie and forces the play in the later stages of the game. Yep, sounds familiar.

With that said, it isn't the end of the world. Winning in five would have been great. Winning in six isn't bad either.

To be able to do that, the Flames have to actually turn up. Forgive me for thinking only Jonas Hiller and Mikael Backlund made the trip to Vancouver, but it sure seemed it that way at times. That cannot happen again. Everybody needs to be switched on and alert tonight, from the first puck drop to the final buzzer. Be the team we know you can be, Calgary, and it will be job done.

This isn't to discredit the Canucks' performance. They finally showed up for Game 5, and well done to them. Hopefully, the lessons will have been learned for tonight, and it won't happen again.

Having said that, the series returns to Calgary. C of Red, you know what to do.

Playoff Leaders

Calgary Flames Vancouver Canucks
Record: 3-2 Record: 2-3
Goal Differential: +1 Goal Differential: -1
Time on ice
Defence
Dennis Wideman (27:12/game)
Forward
Sean Monahan (19.52/game)
Defence
Alexander Edler (23:39/game)
Forward
Henrik Sedin (18:08/game)
Points
Goals
Kris Russell (2)
Sam Bennett (2)
David Jones (2)
Assists
Dennis Wideman (3)
Points
Kris Russell (4)
Johnny Gaudreau (3)
Sam Bennett (3)
Dennis Wideman (3)
TJ Brodie (3)
Goals
Daniel Sedin (2)
Assists
Alexander Edler (3)
Points
Bo Horvat (3)
Daniel Sedin (3)
Nick Bonino (3)
Radim Vrbata (3)
Henrik Sedin (3)
Alexander Edler (3)
Special Teams
Powerplay: 26.7%
Powerplay Goals For: 4
Penalty Kill: 85.7%
Shorthanded Goals For: 0
Powerplay: 14.3%
Powerplay Goals For: 2
Penalty Kill: 73.3%
Shorthanded Goals For: 0
Shots
Shots on goal
Mikael Backlund (18)
Shooting percentage
Kris Russell (33.3%)
Shots on goal
Daniel Sedin (22)
Shooting percentage
Shawn Matthias (25%)
Faceoff Leaders
Matt Stajan (61.54%) Bo Horvat (56%)
#GRITCHART
Penalty minutes
Deryk Engelland (44)
Hits
Michael Ferland (34)
Blocked shots
Kris Russell (23)
Penalty minutes
Alexandre Burrows (21)
Hits
Derek Dorsett (16)
Blocked shots
Christopher Tanev (15)
5v5 Corsi/Fenwick (minimum 10mins per game played)
Corsi for%
David Schlemko (51.96%, 5GP)
David Jones (50.42%, 5GP)
Fenwick for%
Michael Ferland (58.67%, 5GP)
David Jones (57.5%, 5GP)
Corsi for%
Henrik Sedin (73.23%, 5GP)
Dan Hamhuis (68%, 5GP)
Fenwick for%
Henrik Sedin (70.53%, 5GP)
Daniel Sedin (68.04%, 5GP)
Save percentage
All situations
Jonas Hiller (.942%)
Even strength
Jonas Hiller (.947%)
All situations
Ryan Miller (.972%)
Eddie Lack (.885%)
Even strength
Ryan Miller (.970%)
Eddie Lack (.913%)

Potential Starting Lineups

Things seemed to click for the Canucks in game five, so I'd expect them to stick with what worked.

As for the Flames, the morning skate was deemed optional and was cut short, so no line rushes. Missing from the skate: Jiri Hudler, Michael Ferland, Joe Colborne, and David Schlemko. Despite the absences, Hartley said they will keep the same lineup from game 5.

Vancouver Canucks
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Jannick Hansen
Sven Baertschi
Nick Bonino
Radim Vrbata
Shawn Matthias Brad Richardson
Derek Dorsett
Chris Higgins
Bo Horvat Ronalds Kenins
Left Defence Right Defence
Alexander Edler Christopher Tanev
Dan Hamhuis Yannick Weber
Kevin Bieksa Luca Sbisa
Goalies
Ryan Miller
Eddie Lack
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

If you're going down to the Red Mile, have fun, stay safe, and don't be a dick.

If you're not, join us in the gamethread, where we'll be starting a prayer circle.