Game 20: Flames @ Avalanche, 7:00 MST (Sportsnet West / Fan960)
Calgary Flames: 10-8-1, 3rd in Northwest, 7th in Western Conference
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.
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.
Last edited by Cyrus: 11-20-2008 at 02:03 PM.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.