Scouting the Flames: 05.04.09
A look at the Flames competition in the upcoming week
Calgary vs. Los Angeles, Monday, Apr. 6, 7:30 p.m. at the Pengrowth Saddledome, Rogers Sportsnet West & The FAN 960
The Los Angeles Kings are riding into Calgary with confidence as they thumped the Phoenix Coyotes 6-1 on Saturday. The normally low scoring team had eight players pick up points in the victory and surely gave the team a boost before hitting the road.Brian Boyle led the Kings in the win with two goals. The rookie forward made a strong case for himself with the two tallies and will likely be with the club when they come into Calgary. Boyle has played 24 games with the Kings this campaign and has four goals and a single assist.
Anze Kopitar is the scoring leader for Los Angeles with 27 goals and 66 points. He’s only scored once against the Flames this season but in 11 career games he’s found the back of the net seven times. He’s a -8 when facing off against Calgary.
Calgary has faced off against three different goalies this season but Jonathan Quick will most likely backstop the Kings on Monday. The 23-year-old has established himself as the Kings starting goaltender this season with a 19-17-2 record. He’s earned two wins in his last five games and has a 2.54 GAA and .911 save percentage. He’s never won against the Flames.
The Flames have run roughshod over the King this season, posting a 3-0 record and outscoring Los Angeles 11-4.
Curtis Glencross leads the scoring parade against the Kings with two goals and two helpers. Former King Craig Conroy also has four assists, as does Todd Bertuzzi.
Mike Cammalleri has had a successful season against his old club, netting two goals and picking up an assist.
Olli Jokinen hasn’t faced Los Angeles in a Flames jersey yet but in his three games against them this season, he’s tallied three goals and four points.
Miikka Kiprusoff has been at his best when he faces off with the Kings. He’s picked a shutout this season and has a .959 save percentage and 1.33 GAA in the three games.
Calgary vs. Vancouver, Tuesday, Apr. 7, 8:00 p.m. at General Motors Place, Rogers Sportsnet West & The FAN 960
The neck-and-neck battle for first place in the Northwest Division will make the final meeting between the Vancouver Canucks and the Flames a game to remember. Both teams are holding strong grudges towards the other and while battles between the two have always been physical affairs, one can expect this game won’t be for the faint at heart.
The Canucks head into the week with a heavy heart. They dropped a pivotal game in Edmonton on Saturday. Mason Raymond, Kyle Wellwood and Alex Burrows notched goals in the game but the team couldn’t overcome a high-flying Edmonton squad. Roberto Luongo gave up an uncharacteristic five goals in the loss.
While Luongo wasn’t at his peak on Saturday, the Flames will have to be ready for him to rebound. He’s been stellar all season, posting 30 wins and only 12 regulation losses. His GAA is a decent 2.43 and his save percentage sits at .917.
The always-dangerous Sedin twins have been at their best when playing the Flames. Daniel has three goals and seven points in his five games against Calgary this campaign and Henrik trials him with five points.
Daniel is the Canucks leading scorer with 31 goals and 80 points. Henrik is second in scoring with 20 goals and 80 points.
Ryan Kesler has also had a good season against the Flames, posting three goals and two helpers.
Cammalleri has a hot hand when playing the Canucks. He scored his first career hat trick in a 4-3 win November and has five points over Vancouver.
Iginla also has five points against the Canucks with a single goal and four assists. Dion Phaneuf has four assist in the season series.
Calgary vs. Edmonton, Friday, Apr. 10, 7:00 p.m. at Rexall Place, Rogers Sportsnet West & The FAN 960
The last two games of the Edmonton Oilers season could determine if they’ll make it to the postseason so except a high-octane, fast-paced back-to-back series.
Edmonton overcame adversity on Saturday when they beat the Canuck 5-3 and kept their playoff dreams alive.
The Flames chief rival has been on the cusp of making the playoffs for the past couple weeks and will most likely need to win at least three of their last four contests if they want to extend their year. The Oilers have been battling St. Louis, Minnesota, Dallas and Nashville for the eighth and final playoff spot. Nashville and Dallas also won Saturday night, making the race for eighth even tighter.
The Oilers leading scorer Ales Hemsky has been in a small slump lately, notching only three goals in his last 15 games but he did score an empty-netter on Saturday. He has 23 goals and 65 points this year.
Defenseman Sheldon Souray is second in scoring with 22 goals and 50 points. The Flames will need to be very disciplined as the blueliner’s scored 11 goals on the power play.
Calgary vs. Edmonton, Saturday, Apr. 11, 8:00 p.m. at the Pengrowth Saddledome, CBC & The FAN 960
The season series is tied at 2-2 with Calgary winning the last two games.
Denis Grebeshkov is the unlikely leader in points against the Flames. The defenseman has five points against Calgary with a goal and four helpers. Grebeshkov scored in the Oilers win over the Canucks, picking up his seventh goal of the season. He has 36 points in 69 games.
Robert Nilsson is the only Oiler with more than a single goal against the Flames. Calgary native has potted two goals in the season series. He has nine markers this season and 29 points.
The Flames top players have excelled against the Oilers. Iginla has put up three goals and seven points to lead the team. Trailing him is Cammalleri with two goals and four helpers and Daymond Langkow has tallied five points when playing Edmonton.
Bertuzzi has had a knack for scoring timely goals in the season series. He’s netted two during regulation and scored the shootout winner on Feb. 21.
Both of Calgary’s win have been against the Oilers starting netminder Dwayne Roloson. This could be a bit of a confidence booster as Roloson has been a brick wall at times over the past couple months. He’s been the Oilers most consistent player, making 35 straight starts and looking sharp most nights. He has two wins in his last five, a 2.78 GAA and a .915 save percentage.
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Phaneuf celebrates his 24th birthday on Apr. 10. He’ll be sure to have plenty of friends and family surrounding him as the Flames are playing in his hometown of Edmonton that day.
Moss is on the hunt for his 20th goal. He’s been held off since posting his first career hat trick on Mar. 3 against Ottawa.
Iginla needs four more points to reach 90.