Calgary Flames (7-8-0) VS San Jose Sharks (7-5-2)
8:00pm at HP Pavilion
TV: CBC Radio: FAN960AM
Will the Flames get back to five hundred or does the late travel bode for an excuse?
Projected Line Up (subject to change)
Morrison - Stajan - Iginla
Glencross - Jokinen - Bourque
Moss - Backlund - Morrison
Tanguay - Conroy – Jackman
Regehr - White
Bouwmeester - Giordano
Sarich – Mikkelson
Flames 14.3%- Sharks 23.5%
Flames 83.6% - Sharks 84.1%
Keys to a Flames victory, face offs! San Jose has a 6.8% better win percentage than the Flames! If the Flames cannot find a way to better manage the face off dot they will be picked apart! San Jose loves possession and with some speedy wingers this could get ugly fast! Calgary must get the puck on net! That sounds easy yet against a Sharks team that only allows 26 shots against a game it could be a tough task. I believe with the late travel and a “routine” change because of it, the Flames could benefit from it and come in with some energy early, but can they sustain the energy. Stay out of the box, win some face offs and attack the net!
Things to watch for,Iginla Iginla and Iginla! Many say he is sending a message and shows he does not want to be a Flames player anymore. I disagree, I do think his effort has been poor and he needs to step it up! But he does not want out IMO! I believe once he gets a goal or two and makes some plays that allow him to feel better about himself this train will explode. I understand until his effort improves it won’t happen but one has to believe an injury or something is tied to his play? No? Also this team has to play like a team; we can’t rely on one line to bring the energy while the others coast. Now Bouwmeester can skate but until he shoots the puck or drives the net with that speed no team will fear him. Last thing if Karlsson does play it will be interesting to see how he responds since his last game.
I will touch on some rumours again. Iginla to Buffalo makes little to no sense, Buffalo is in the same boat as the Flames, and Iginla wouldn’t waive to go there! Iginla to L.A. Yes the package sounds good but is that an actual offer? And would the Kings really give that up? Iginla to Philly for Carter, if this goes through more would have to be attached to the deal and regardless I do not believe this one either! Regehr being moved? I am starting to believe this might not be a bad idea, but whom and what could we get in return?
GO FLAMES GO