Calgary Flames (10-12-2) vs Vancouver Canucks (12-7-3)
7:30pm TV: TSN Radio: FAN960AM
First meeting of the year for these two bitter rivals!
Flames projected line-up:
*Kotalik could draw in
Keys to a Flames victory; complete game needed! The Canucks are better in the face offs, power play and penalty kill categories! Flames however, do average more shots for and fewer shots against per game, and that will need to continue to be successful against a very skilled Canucks team.
Flames better be motivated for this game, if not, they clearly lack some focus. It will mark the first game for Morrison against his old club since they gave him that try out. Also the first game these two teams play against each other this season and as we all know, these two teams do not like each other! Flames players keep talking about how they are gaining “confidence”… it’s now time to show it. Enough with the talk that the team is getting better and that they are feeling better, just go do it. Reality is this team needs points and needs to get them against division rivals like the Canucks, so they can get back into the fold! Kiprusoff has stood on his head and Regehr and Bouwmeester have been a force the past few games, and if the rest of the team does not follow right now than I am afraid this team will struggle to stay afloat!
Kotalik- Appears ready or at least very close to being good to go. Depending how soon he returns the Flames will need to send a player down or move a body to make it work financially.
Pardy- Also appears to be getting closer, should be back before Christmas
Ivanans- I hear he is skating, but the Calgary media doubts he plays at all this year anymore due to the amount of players we have and his role.
Langkow- Still not exercising looks to be out for the year.
Stone- Who? Still recovering from an injury and the process seems slow, Feaster says they hope to have him join the Heat come March.
GO FLAMES GO