Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Canucks/Flames Game Day

The Canucks (27-21-8) open their Canada-wide road swing tonight at the Pengrowth Saddledome against the Calgary Flames (33-18-5).

Tonight with be the fifth meeting between the two teams and the final one this season in Calgary. The Canucks have out-scored the Flames 15-11 but have gone a combined 1-for-21 on the power play. Both Canucks wins came with Roberto Luongo in net. This will be the first time the Flames take on Vancouver with Mats Sundin in the line-up. In 43 career games against Calgary, Sundin has 25 goals and 28 assists.

Daniel Sedin (3g,3a), Henrik Sedin (1g,4a) and Mattias Ohlund (1g,3a) lead the Canucks in head-to-head scoring while Mike Cammalerri (4g,1a), Damond Langkow (1g,3a), and Dion Phaneuf (4a) lead all Flames skaters.

The Canucks have two regulation losses in their last ten games. There won't be any line-up changes tonight for Vancouver. Despite taking yesterday's practice off, Sami Salo is good to go tonight.

As for the Flames, they're coming off a 7-5 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, a season high for Calgary in goals. They took five points in their recent three-game road trip. Jarome Iginla leads the team in scoring, but has gone seven games without a goal. Mikka Kiprusoff has a NHL-leading 33 wins and will be playing in his 53rd game of the season tonight.

Here are the expected line-ups for both teams this evening:


D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Burrows
Demitra - Sundin - Kesler
Pyatt - Wellwood - Bernier
Hordichuk - Johnson - Hansen

Mitchell - Salo
Ohlund - Edler

Bieksa - O'Brien




Todd Bertuzzi - Damond Langkow - Jarome Iginla
Mike Cammalleri - Matthew Lombardi - Rene Bourque
Curtis Glencross - Craig Conroy - David Moss
Eric Nystrom - Dustin Boyd - Andre Roy

Robyn Regher - Adrian Aucoin
Mark Giordano - Dion Phaneuf
Adam Pardy - Cory Sarich

Mikka Kiprusoff
Curtis McElhinney

1 comment:

CJinVic said...

Hey Joey, Its time to call a pylon a pylon and the one in the middle of the road is Willie Mitchell.
This guy is a shadow of the guy who played for the Wild against the Canucks. That guy would fight,hit,and could even skate.
This years version with an A on his sweater for AWFUL gives up the puck in his own end 3 outa 5 possesion's,never finish's a check and has'nt tossed down his gloves since his new 3 mil + contract.In the last 2 months he has probably been the cause of about 8 goals against. His little turn back on the boards move results in a turn over about 90% of the time.
Can you remember a big hit or the last time this plug actually dropped the gloves.....I can't.
His only strength i can see is he seems able to tie up fowards infront of the net. Wille's inabillity to skate while carrying the puck or even find an area to get it out of his own end effectively brings to mind the last days in the pros of Dana Murzyn except he would at least drop the mits for ya....TRADE HIM