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Calgary Flames vs Vancouver Canucks Preview 2/19/2016 (55/82)

It's basically about playing for pride now as the Flames battle the Canucks in Calgary tonight.

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Vancouver Canucks @ Calgary Flames, 9 PM ET, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta

Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSNW, RSNP, SN Pacific, SN West
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

Well, neither of these teams are in any position to make the playoffs, so it's pride on the line between the Flames and Canucks. The Flames and Canucks are each 11 and 9 points out of the Wildcard respectively and any sort of playoff run would take a miracle. The Flames hold a 2-1 advantage over Vancouver this season, having just beaten them 4-1 on February 6th. The Flames at this point should be showcasing talent that is trade-able and looking at some of their young talent as this season fades away. Both of these teams are coming in to this game on 3 game slides and are dropping games in the West like it's their jobs. With all that said, the games between the Flames and Canucks are always entertaining hockey. Records and standings be damned, it's the Flames and Canucks and that's all that matters tonight. Here's how they match-up:

Calgary Flames Vancouver Canucks
25-28-3 Record 22-23-12
53 Points 56
6th Pacific Division 5th Pacific
11th West Conference 10th West
4-6 Last 10 Games 3-7
151 Goals For 131
171 Goals Against 159
Gaudreau (22) Goals D. Sedin (22)
Gaudreau (55) Points D. Sedin (46)
Ramo (.909) SV % Markstrom (.921)
29th (15.7%) PP 26th  (17.1%)
30th (73.3%) PK 14th (80.9%)

The Flames took it on the chin Wednesday night 5-3 at the hands of the Minnesota Wild. Bad goal tending. Bad penalties. Just bad play all around doomed the struggling Flames. Calgary is sinking like a rock and this loss may have been the final nail in the playoff coffin. TJ Brodie had 2 assists and Mikael Backlund scored again to continue his second half surge. Here's the highlights:

Vancouver last skated on Monday and lost to the Wild as well, 5-2. Henrik Sedin scored his 10th of the season and Jacob Markstrom gave up 5 goals on 34 shots. Here's the highlights:

Calgary Flames Projected Lines (these are the projected line and can change at any time up until puck drops)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Joe Colborne Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Micheal Ferland Sam Bennett Josh Jooris
Lance Bouma Matt Stajan David Jones
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Deryk Engelland Dougie Hamilton
Jakub Nakladal Tyler Wotherspoon
Goalies
Jonas Hiller (s) Joni Ortio

Scratches: Brandon BolligDennis Wideman (Susp), Markus Granlund

Injuries: Kris Russell, Karri Ramo, Ladislav Smid

Vancouver Canucks Projected Lineup  (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Jannik Hansen
Sven Baertschi Bo Horvat Radim Vrbata
Alexandre Burrows Linden Vey Emerson Etem
Derek Dorsett Adam Cracknell Jake Virtanen
Left Defense Right Defense
Dan Hamhuis Chris Tanev
Ben Hutton Luca Sbisa
Matt Bartkowski Alex Biega
Goalies
Ryan Miller Jacob Markstrom (s)

Scratches: None

Injuries: Brandon Sutter, Alexander Edler