Calgary Flames vs Vancouver Canucks, 7:30 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB
TV: SN, SN360, SN1 - Radio: Sportsnet 960
Calgary Flames 20-15-5 (45 pts) - Vancouver Canucks 20-15-4 (44 pts)
The Flames return home to take on another division rival, this time in the form of the Vancouver Canucks. Calgary got back on the winning track with a 5-1 dismantling of the Edmonton Oilers Friday night. The Flames five goal outburst was their second such scoring bonanza in three games. Five different Flames scored goals and David Rittich was once again a brick wall in net.
The Pacific Division is currently anyone’s to grab with Vegas holding a two point lead over Arizona and a small three point advantage over the Flames. A win tonight and Calgary could climb within one point of the lead with Vegas being idle tonight. The Flames could also put a little distance between themselves and the Canucks who are lurking just behind Calgary in the standings.
Vancouver has gotten themselves into that position by playing some fantastic hockey as of late. The Canucks had a stretch where they lost four of five from December 10 to December 17th, but since then it’s been all systems go. The ‘Nucks are on a current four game winning streak that has seen them outscore their opponents 16-9 and that little spurt has seen Vancouver jump up to 12th in the league in GF with 124. Not only have they been doing it even strength, their PP has been heating up as well. They’ve got four markers with the man advantage over that stretch and are 4th overall in the NHL with a PP% of 25.8.
These two have only met once this season with the Flames getting a 3-0 win back on October 10th. The Flames have owned the Canucks in their last 10 meetings, going 6-2-2 over that stretch and averaging 3.8 GPG. Vancouver has also lost three of the last five times they’ve visited the Saddledome.
Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)
Flames: Rittich (E)- 17-8-5, 2.65 GAA, .916 Save%
Canucks: Demko (E)- 7-4-1, 3.00 GAA, .906 Save%
Flames: Goals: Lindholm (16) Points: Tkachuk (33) PIM: Lucic (34) Save%: Rittich (.916)
Canucks: Goals: Pettersson (18) Points: Pettersson (41) PIM: Edler (34) Save%: Markstrom (.919)
What’s Happening With The Opposition?
Vancouver Canucks Coverage: Nucks Misconduct
RECAP: NUCKS WIN!!! 4G Win Streak Like That - Edge LA 3-2 https://t.co/p4umzNcII4— Blog Like That Bout A Team Like That (@nucksmisconduct) December 29, 2019
Last Time Out
Calgary Flames 5 - Edmonton Oilers 1
Vancouver Canucks 3 - LA Kings 2
Players To Watch
Matthew Tkachuk (F): 6 points in last 5 games
Brock Boeser (F): 5 points in last 5 games