Scouting the Flames: 16.03.09
Back from the road, Flames face Dallas and St. Louis
The Calgary Flames are finally home after their seven-game road trip and they have a light workload this week with only two games on the schedule.
Calgary vs. Dallas, Wednesday, Mar. 18, 7:00 p.m. at the Pengrowth Saddledome, TSN & The FAN 960
The Calgary Flames will meet a desperate Dallas team on Wednesday. With 74 points, they’re battling several clubs for the last few place spots in the Western Conference and every game has a do-or-die feel to it.
Leading scorer Mike Ribeiro has been hot lately. He’s riding a seven-game point streak that has seen him score four goals and six assists. In his 69 games this season, he has 66 points. He has an assist against Calgary this season.
Loui Eriksson has also been very effective for the Stars as of late. He has seven points in his last five contests and is coming off a three-point outing against Minnesota. The 23 year-old Swede is in the midst of a career season with 32 goals and 23 helpers. His previous high was last season when he had 14 goals and 31 points.
While Marty Turco has been strong for the Stars, he’s had some shaky starts. On Mar. 10 he surrendered three goals on eight shots, giving him a .625 save percentage on the night. He has three losses in his last five games.
The Flames have dropped both games this season to the Stars. Both losses saw the Flames only able to score a single goal in 60 minutes so the added offensive threat of Olli Jokinen should come in handy. He's picked up two goals this season against the Stars while with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Jarome Iginla, Mike Cammalleri, David Moss, Todd Bertuzzi and Adrian Aucoin all have a point against Dallas this year.
Matt Niskanen, James Neal, Brad Richards, Stephane Robidas and Eriksson all have two points against Calgary this season.
The Flames and the Stars will meet once more, April 2, to close out the season series.
Calgary vs. St. Louis, Friday, Mar. 20, 7:00 p.m. at the Pengrowth Saddledome, Rogers Sportsnet West & The FAN 960
The St. Louis Blues are another desperate team, fighting tooth and nail to make it to the postseason. They’ve really pushed hard, going 7-3-0 in their last ten games.
Brad Boyes is the Blues leading scorer with 29 goals and 59 points. He’s got six points in his last five contests. His defensive play has been a sore spot though – he’s a -18 on the year.
Chris Mason has had an up and down season. He’s coming off a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild but has 18-19-5 record his season. His GAA is sitting at 2.52 and his save percentage is .914. He’s recently backstopped the Blues in a win over the San Jose Sharks, only allowing a single goal in the game.
Youngster David Backes is having a great season, already posting a career-best 22 goals and 20 assists. He’s been on a tear lately, posting eight points in his last five games. The Minneapolis native has a -4 rating.
The Flames have dominated the season series, winning all three games. The Flames have outscored the Blues 13-7 this year.
Iginla has given St. Louis the blues during the series. He’s notched three goals and six points in the three games. Cammalleri and Dion Phaneuf trail him with five points each.
Boyes tallied four points in the last three games. Patrick Berglund has also been productive against the Flames, netting two goals and an assist.
This is the last time these teams will meet in the regular season.
This Week’s Key Numbers
Miikka Kiprusoff is one win away from 200.
Jim Vandermeer will play in his 300th game on Wednesday.
Daymond Langkow needs two points for 600.