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11-20-2008, 12:40 PM
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Game 20: Flames @ Avalanche, 7:00 MST (Sportsnet West / Fan960)




Calgary Flames: 10-8-1, 3rd in Northwest, 7th in Western Conference



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Colorado Avalanche: 8-9-0, 5th in Northwest , 12th in Western Conference


The Flames look to continue their season domination of the Avalanche, as these teams meet for the second half of a home-at-home series.

This game will be the 4th time these clubs meet this regular season, with the Flames holding the series advantage 3-0, though all those games were played in Calgary. The Flames won the previous game in convincing fashion with a score of 4-1, a game where Colorado netminder Peter Budaj had to make 47 saves.





Pre-Game report:
http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?id=2008020276




Lines
(Took my best guess for the Colorado lines, Flames lines from Calgary Herald care of Lanny)


CALGARY

Bertuzzi - Langkow - Iginla
Cammalleri - Boyd - Borque
Glencross - Conroy - Moss
Prust - Primeau - Nystrom


Regehr - Giordano
Sarich - Aucoin
Phaneuf - Pardy


Kiprusoff
McElhinney


COLORADO

Hejduk - Stastny - Smyth
Wolski - Hensick - Svatos
Tucker - Arnason - Laperriere
McLeod - McCormick - Jones

Leopold - Salei
Hannan - Foote
Liles - Clark

Budaj
Raycroft



Injuries:

CALGARY
Matthew Lombardi
Rhett Warrener
Jim Vandermeer

COLORADO
Joe Sakic
Ben Guite


Keys to tonights game:
  • Get the first goal: The Flames have been guilty of some slow starts, often letting in the first goal of the game. Also, the Avalanche have not won this season when trailing after the first period. A good start could be the difference tonight.
  • Powerplay: The Flames went 1-8 with the man advantage on Tuesday, including a 1:30 5 on 3 advantage. Somehow the Flames are ranked 9th in the league in PP%, but they need to be better than they were last game.
  • Same Strategy: Throwing every puck at Budaj proved to be a reliable tactic. If Budaj looks shakey on net tonight, the Flames would be wise to try and beat Tuesday's shot total.


The Pepsi center has been a troublesome spot for the Flames, and are 1-5-1 in the last 7 games there, but with another solid perfomance, there's no reason why the Flames can't take the season series tonight, and widen the point gap between these clubs in the process.


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Hopefully the Flames can carry the momentum from the last game into Colorado and come out with a win.

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11-20-2008, 01:00 PM
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Still no conclusive word on Lombardi as of yet, tho I have heard things that indicate that he will be playing tonight. Call it a rumour for now until I can find something... confirmable.

Edit:
Projected Line ups

Bertuzzi-Langkow-Iginla

Cammalleri-Boyd-Bourque

Glencross-Conroy-Moss

Nystrom-Primeau-Prust

Regehr-Giordano

Sarich-Aucoin

Phaneuf-Pardy

Those are the line according to the Herald, so no Lombo again

http://communities.canada.com/calgar...s/default.aspx


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Whoops, we both started a GDT. I'll delete mine.

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Should be a good one. Hope the gang can build on a fantastic game two days ago and start va long winning streak. Hope Lombardi is back soon.

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Still no conclusive word on Lombardi as of yet, tho I have heard things that indicate that he will be playing tonight. Call it a rumour for now until I can find something... confirmable.

Edit:
Projected Line ups

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Those are the line according to the Herald, so no Lombo again

http://communities.canada.com/calgar...s/default.aspx
Thanks for the update, I edited the OP.

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The Avs were embarassed on Tuesday. I have to believe that team has too many character guys not to show up tonight! After all were talking about the Avs here not the Wild...who the Flames have owned what seems to be years.

So one has to think if the Flames show up and the Avs show up, we'll see a three point game? Maybe even the Flames first Shootout of the season!

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My guess is that the Avs are going to come out swinging and it might be a tough game for the Flames... hoping for best. Hope the Flames team shows up for a full 60 minute fight.

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I was really hoping for a Lombo presence tonight.

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Good luck guys,

The Avs are going to come out flying, especially at home and also because of the piss poor performance they had the other night.

Going to be a good one, let's just hope the Canucks can pull theirs off.

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Avs will definetly come out hard tonight and should be a much tougher test then they were on Tuesday. If the flames can weather the storm early and get that first goal of the game they should be in a good position to win. Hopefully we see the same kind of effort from Tuesday carry over to this game.

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11-20-2008, 04:02 PM
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I'm not going to praise the opposition goalie this time cause it's come back to bite me against Budaj last game (although we won) and Boucher.

I agree we need that first goal and that this will be a better Avs team. They will come out hard and we have to be ready to match that.

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11-20-2008, 04:18 PM
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I agree... if the first goal is ours I'd pretty much call the game a W.

If Tucker keeps playing for the Flames... I wouldn't worry too much about the Avs momentum (though they will hit the ice angry). Everything that guy did on Tues seemed to be fuel for CGYs momentum.

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11-20-2008, 05:01 PM
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I am liking the look of the defense pairings. I am curious to see what Gio and Regher do together especially. Looks like they are trying to even out the icetime for the defense and not play Phaneuf 30 minutes a night.

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I am liking the work ethic so far, especially Glencross. Hope this continues for 60 minutes.

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Yeah, so far not bad. They're moving their feet and drawing penalties, now hopefully they can start capitalizing on them.

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Good first period by the flames. Like the effort they have shown so far. Need to start capitalizing on the PP though. The PP should be much better than it is. Just not getting enough shots on net.

Keep it up boys.

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I asked the Flames to simply continue with the exact type of play they exhibited on Tuesday. They answered, and it was affirmative! From the very first shift they hit hard, passed smart, had an aggressive forecheck, and collapsed into the defensive zone as needed.There were hits, oh my yes, by both teams. All of them were smart hits too tho. No one caught out of position, or making the hit only to set up an opposing 3 on 1.

The power play was solid, if again they failed to produce. Zero for three in the first, but they sure tried. Great puck possession, a couple inspired plays by Aucoin, and some nifty passing created a few mighty fine chances. Too bad Budaj seems intent on looking like he knows what he's doing.

A couple players I was extra impressed with were Moss and Prust. It almost seemed like they were everywhere on the ice causing havok with the Avalanche defense. Moss driving the net, and really working hard on the boards, which directly led to the second powerplay. And the line of Boyd, Bourque and Cammy is solid gold. More of these guys please!! Lastly Miikka was Godlike that period. He didn't have alot of work, but he was more than able to stand up when called upon.

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I asked the Flames to simply continue with the exact type of play they exhibited on Tuesday. They answered, and it was affirmative!

Good stuff. Now please ask them to score on the PP.

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LANGKOW!!!!

Great play by Giordano.


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Good job Langkow, go flames!!!

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Looking good... looking good

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MVP of the game... Avs post.

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MVP of the game... Avs post.
Hahaha how many posts have they hit now? Great game, Kipper is sharp, great defense and backchecking. Now to do this for 20 minutes more.

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Another really good period by the flames. Forechecking and skating hard. Coming back to help on defence and Kipper has looked good. PP continues to frustrate me though. Need to start scoring with the man advantage. Here's hoping for another solid defensive period to close out the win.

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