No news for the Flames yet really, as we're expected to see the same lineup as last time.
Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock revealed after practice today that left winger Jason Chimera will play on Tuesday in Calgary. Chimera missed Saturday's game vs. Anaheim and did not skate with the club today.
Also, Hitchcock said the club plans to let recently acquired center Chris Gratton have a couple of more practices before putting him in the lineup. He will not play on Tuesday, Hitchcock said, but could go on Thursday in Edmonton.
This was a strange period. The Flames started it out right, jumping right up and creating some great pressure and gaining the early lead. Then they seemed to fall apart and lose focus on their system. The rest of the period was, well scrambled like runny eggs for lack of a better description. They didn't get anything going, couldn't gain any sustained pressure and had little physicality. Even Huselius was able to make a number of plays happen as only Sarich leveled any hits and his main one was against Commodore.
There were no penalties called at all in the first, but that's not because the teams were disciplined. More so the refs seem to be asleep as I saw infractions on both sides get missed. I guess I shouldn't complain as the Flames haven't been so very good on the power play, and they got away with a few. The biggest one I'm surprised wasn't called was Sarich in a scrum after a whistle punching a Blue Jacket in the face.
Bloody heck Dion. Where is your head. He is to blame for the Columbus goal as he, again turned back into the corner of the Flames zone and gave up the puck. Get it together man. I'm almost at the point where perhaps a period on the pine might get the message across. Maybe. Sarich is such a monster. I love what he brings to this team. And I cannot express in any language the extent of my joy that Iginla is back to his scoring form. That skate to stick to the back of the net play was pure Iggy. HUZZAH!