see where johnson skated yesterday at practice, but is still questionable for tonight, while markov didn't skate at all yet and is doubtful... so barring a small miracle, we go with the lineup that dressed last game, with allison as our 6th dman, and fiddler and smithson centering the 3rd and 4th lines...
phanuef, iginla and kipper.. expect the tight checking, counterattacking type of game that calgary likes to play
almost game time, have to find a way to put up three on kipper and the flames tonight.. calgary hasn't scored more than 3 goals in their last ten games, and despite that has won 8 of them.. in many ways the flames have become the new minnesota wild defensively though.. but with an iginla.. they're really limiting opponent shots this year (allowing only 24.5 per game on average), and they've won 90% of their games when leading after 2 with this defense first concept.. not a team you want to trail late
one way to crack that spell is on the pp, where calgary has been vulnerable this year.. need discipline tonight, need to draw more penalties than we take, and then take advantage of them
should be a war, with all the bad blood between us in the past, looking forward to it
Fiddler scores his first of the year, assisted by Hamhuis and Upshall, apparently made a huge move to score on Kiprusoff. Late period backbreaker, and Hall almost makes it 2-0 into an empty net but got plowed over.