Flames Fan here..... No GDT? Thought I would give you one anyway...
Just curious: does anyone know what your lines will look like tonight?
51 GP 51
22 W 26
21 L 19
8 OT 6
52 P 58
0.510 P% 0.569
2.57 G/G 2.53
2.78 GA/G 2.51
16.0 PP% 16.1
84.8 PK% 83.1
28.8 S/G 28.0
30.2 SA/G 29.6
49.1 FO% 47.0
Dec 23, 2009 STL@CGY STL, 2 - 1
Dec 15, 2009 CGY@STL STL, 4 - 3
Nov 5, 2009 CGY@STL CGY, 2 - 1
Last 10: St. Louis 5-3-2; Calgary 2-7-1
Season Series: Fourth and final meeting of the regular season. St. Louis has won two of the first three matchups. Each team has won once on its opponent's home ice in a game that went beyond regulation. Calgary started the season series with a 2-1 overtime win at the Scottrade Center on Nov. 5. St. Louis won 4-3 at home on Dec. 15 and 2-1 in a shootout at the Pengrowth Saddledome on Dec. 23.
Big Story: The Blues are currently outside the top eight in the Western Conference. The Flames are on the verge of joining them if they don't figure out in a hurry how to escape the tailspin that has sent them on a six-game losing streak. They begin play Monday tied with Detroit for the eighth and final playoff spot.
"We've got to just look forward to that next game and move ahead," veteran forward Craig Conroy said. "If you dwell on the past it's going to eat you up. It's tough. We know the mistakes -- we've watched them, we've seen them and now it's time to not make those mistakes and get ready for St. Louis and start putting a good stretch together. That's what we need, we need a good run here and get ourselves back in the playoffs."
Blues: When you're six points out of the playoffs with five teams to climb over to get there, as St. Louis is, you can't afford to give even single points away. That's essentially what happened to the Blues on Saturday night, when they took a 3-0 lead early in the third period on home ice against the Ducks, then gave up the next three goals and lost 4-3 in a seven-round shootout. The fact Anaheim is one of the teams they're chasing only made the end result more painful.
"It's the same old story," forward Andy McDonald told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We just came out flat in the third period. It seems like we're not attacking. They just took it to us. We were reacting to what they were doing instead of initiating. You can't do that. You've got to keep your foot on the gas like we did in the first two periods."
Flames: Rock bottom came last Monday (or so Calgary hopes) with a 9-1 loss in San Jose. The next time the Flames played, their offense was still dormant but they played a much sharper overall game in a 3-1 loss to the Blackhawks. The score entering the third period was 1-1 and goalie Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 25 of 27 shots before an empty-netter sealed the defeat.
"It's frustrating," forward Eric Nystrom said, whose last goal came 34 games ago. "There's a bunch of us that haven't scored in a while. We've got to just shoot the puck and go to the net and that's something we haven't done enough of. We've just got to get back to that because there are some ugly goals that go in so there's no reason why we should shoot the puck."
Who's Hot: Blues forward T.J. Oshie has three goals and four assists in his last eight games. McDonald has nine goals in his last 16 games. … Flames forward Jamie Lundmark has two goals in his last three games and three in eight since being recalled from the AHL. He also had the decisive shootout goal in Calgary's last win.
Injury Report: St. Louis forward David Backes (upper body) and defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo (lower body) are day-to-day. Forward D.J. King hasn't played since breaking his hand in an Oct. 24 game. … Calgary forward David Moss is on injured reserve for undisclosed reasons, while forward Nigel Dawes is day-to-day with a leg injury.
Stat Pack: The Blues have scored the first goal in nine of their last 10 games. … Flames captain Jarome Iginla has gone 10 games without a goal and hasn't been held without one for 11 games since the start of the 1999-00 season.
Puck Drop: Calgary is in desperate need of a win before this skid turns into a total freefall. St. Louis should come out a little angry after the way it lost to Anaheim. That should make for an entertaining battle.
Games that DISH Network is blacking out:
Thursday Oct. 15 at Phoenix 9 p.m. FSMW HD
Friday Oct. 23 Minnesota 7 p.m. FSMW HD
Wednesday Oct. 28 at Carolina 6 p.m. FSMW
Thursday Oct. 29 Phoenix 7 p.m. FSMW HD
Thursday Nov. 5 Calgary 7:30 p.m. FSMW HD
Sunday Nov. 8 at Atlanta 4 p.m. FSMW
Thursday Nov. 12 Nashville 7 p.m. FSMW HD
Monday Nov. 23 Boston 7 p.m. FSMW HD
Saturday Nov. 28 Detroit 7 p.m. FSMW HD
Monday Nov. 30 at Columbus 6 p.m. FSMW
Monday Dec. 7 Colorado 7 p.m. FSMW HD
Wednesday Dec. 9 at Detroit 6:30 p.m. FSMW HD
Friday Dec. 11 Edmonton 7 p.m. FSMW HD
Friday Dec. 18 Tampa Bay 7 p.m. FSMW HD
Saturday Dec. 26 at Minnesota 7 p.m. FSMW HD
Sunday Dec. 27 Buffalo 5 p.m. FSMW HD
Tuesday Dec. 29 Nashville 7 p.m. FSMW HD
Saturday Jan. 2 Chicago 7 p.m. FSMW HD
Tuesday Jan. 12 Columbus 7 p.m. FSMW HD
Saturday Jan. 16 NY Rangers 7 p.m. FSMW HD
Wednesday Jan. 20 at Montreal 6:30 p.m. FSMW
Monday Jan. 25 at Calgary 8:30 p.m. FSMW
Wednesday Jan. 27 at Vancouver 9 p.m. FSMW
Wednesday Feb. 3 at Chicago 7:30 p.m. FSMW
Thursday Feb. 4 San Jose 7 p.m. FSMW HD
Friday Feb. 12 Toronto 7 p.m. FSMW HD
Saturday Feb. 13 Washington 7 p.m. FSMW HD
Tuesday Mar. 2 at Phoenix 8 p.m. FSMW HD
Thursday Mar. 11 at NY Islanders 6 p.m. FSMW
Thursday Mar. 18 at NY Rangers 6 p.m. FSMW
Saturday Mar. 20 at New Jersey 6 p.m. FSMW
Wednesday Mar. 24 at Detroit 6:30 p.m. FSMW HD
Thursday Mar. 25 Los Angeles 7 p.m. FSMW HD
Saturday Apr. 3 Dallas 7 p.m. FSMW HD
Wednesday Apr. 7 at Chicago 7:30 p.m. FSMW
Last edited by MissouriBlues2008: 01-25-2010 at 02:22 PM.
Strickland says Murray is still closely following the Blues, and enjoying watching his kids play hockey.
JD says Backes is not being traded.
The team atmosphere is better since Murray was traded.
Backes feels better physically, still not playing. He also knows that hockey is a business, and there will be rumors, and you have to be prepared for anything.
Conklin in net tonight. Colaiacovo on IR.
Darren Dreger - TSN
There will be an Olympics roster freeze February 12-28
Most speculation is media, not general manager, driven.
Oilers will be selling, mostly large contracts for players in their twilight. Oilers probably will have mostly deadline deals. Sheldon Souray has given the Oilers a list of teams he will wave his no trade clause for. Souray not wanting to go to the East. Souray flat out said no to Buffalo. The list is probably not more than 5 teams.
Kovalchuk may be demanding $10 million a year. He probably won't get it. Kovalchuk should give Waddell a list of teams that he will approve to go to. These need to be teams that have an actual chance of resigning Kovalchuk. If the acquiring team can resign Kovalchuk, they will likely offer more to the Thrashers for Kovalchuk.
A team official said there is no interest in Kariya as of yet. The Blues still owe Kariya 3 million dollars this year.
That can't be good having a Flame's fan's post be the first of a GDT. The game goes into a shootout at 0-0. Neither team can score so they just give both teams 2 points, for the first 4 point game of the season.
Jackman - Polak
Brewer - E. Johnson
Sydor - Weaver
Ty Conklin starting in net
This is a HUGE game. The Blues need this win. If we win tonight, we will only be 4 points out of 8th place! As freakin' frustrating as this team has been, we are still very much in the playoff race, guys. This is gonna be a big Canadian road trip for us. We are playing the Flames at the right time too; they are struggling (2-7-1 in their last 10). Hopefully we can capitalize, although their team always scares me. We need Conklin to be big. The Flames could come out angry. We need to play our game (be physical and put pressure on Kipper).
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As expected, Blues forward Keith Tkachuk has taken on a reduced role with the team this season.
Last year, Tkachuk averaged 16:58 of ice time. This season, he’s averaging 14:06, playing all but a few games on the Blues’ fourth line.
He has done well in the role, scoring 11 goals, which is tied for third on the club. He has also improved his plus-minus rating this year. Currently he’s a -2, up from last year’s -11.
But no matter how much the Blues, or the media, try to diminish Tkachuk’s role, he always seems to find his way back to the top. With David Backes out because of an upper-body injury, Tkachuk has found himself centering Andy McDonald and David Perron on the second line.
“Honestly I’d like to be on the top two lines,” Tkachuk said. “That’s your goal. You work hard and put yourself in a position where you’re playing more. I don’t want to be content playing a third or fourth line or wherever they have me. Right now, I want to take advantage of the opportunity and get some more offensive looks.
“Obviously I’m not the goal scorer I used to be, and I understand that,” he added. “I want to score, and I like to score, but you’ve got to do other things. You’ve got to be good defensively, you’ve got to be a good leader in the locker room. We’ve got a lot of good young talent in here, and whatever Davis (Payne) needs me to do, I’ll do.”
McDonald has been impressed with Tkachuk’s attitude and ability to adjust to a scoring line.
“If anybody can do it, it’s a guy with his experience,” McDonald said. “When you’re playing fourth line, you’re often asked to play a more simple style. When you get bumped up, it is a transition, but he’s able to control the puck and still make plays and be that presence in front of the net that he’s always been.
“Probably coming into the year, they had him slated as a third- or fourth-line player, and he’s played so strong for us this year, he’s been in our top two. He’s been a pleasant surprise, I think, for our team. It’s nice . . . these younger players see what he brings every night and hopefully they can learn from it.”
One of those young players is Perron.
“He’s still got it, and hopefully he keeps playing,” Perron said. “Every year he seems to say that he might retire, but he always comes back and he’s always good".
Please read site rules on quoting entire articles. Its good to see Walt getting into the top 6 for a game or two but if we need it for longer than that, we are in trouble.
The Weaver-Sydor tandem I hope is only a paper pairing.
Last edited by WalterSobchak: 01-25-2010 at 05:12 PM.
Stay out of the way linesmen! Props to Janssen for going with McGrattan, tough guy to fight, and he started to pick it up at the end until the refs jumped in. Funny to see him still want to go and the linesman backed off, never seen that before.