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Scouting the Competition: 21.03.10

A look at the Flames competition over the coming week

Sunday, 21.03.2010 / 8:46 PM / News
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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Scouting the Competition: 21.03.10

Flames vs. Ducks, Tuesday, Mar. 23, 7:00 p.m. MST at the Pengrowth Saddledome, Sportsnet West & The FAN 960

Lubomir Visnovsky

WHO IS HOT: Lubomir Visnovsky is loving California. After being traded from the Oilers, the defenseman has potted five goals and six points in his seven games as a member of the Ducks. He's been very involved offensively since the move, throwing an astonishing 29 shots on net since Mar. 6, so the Flames will have been very aware of his ability to jump into the play.

WHO IS NOT: Corey Perry may be second in team scoring for the Ducks but he's been pretty cool offensively in the past five games, only collecting a single goal, and has three goals in his past 10 games. The right winger was held pointless on Friday in the Ducks 5-4 OT win over the Islanders.

LEADING SCORERS: Calgary Hitmen alumni Ryan Getzlaf leds the Ducks in points this season with 67 (18 g, 49 a) with Perry trailing him with 65 (24 g, 41 a). Rounding out the top three is Bobby Ryan who leads the Ducks in goals scored with 31 and has picked up 56 points in 70 games this season.

GOALTENDING: Jonas Hiller has been solid all season for the Ducks, going 28-21-3 with a 2.76 GAA and a .917 save percentage. He's been a bit shaky lately however, getting pulled last Friday against the Islanders and only getting three wins in his last 10 starts. Backing him up is former Flame Curtis McElhinney who is 4-4-0 this season with a 3.19 GAA and a .884 save percentage.

INJURY REPORT: F Joffrey Lupul is the only Duck on the injured reserve. Ryan missed Sunday's game against the Avs with flu-like symptoms.


Flames vs. Islanders, Thursday, Mar. 25, 5:00 p.m. MST at Nassau Coliseum, Sportsnet West & The FAN 960

John Tavares

WHO IS HOT: Rookie John Tavares has had an up-and-down season in terms of offense but it looks like he's on a high right now. In his past three contests he has seven points (3 g, 4 a) and nine shots on net. Tavares has looked very dangerous in his past three games and will likely be riding a wave of confidence this week. Tavares is a +3 over his last five outings.

WHO IS NOT: Leading scorer Kyle Okposo hasn't been producing at all lately, notching just two goals in five games and has just four points in his last 10 games. He's a -3 over his past three outings despite the fact he's fired 21 shots on net in that span.

LEADING SCORERS: Okposo leads the Islanders points race with 16 goals and 44 points. Matt Moulson is right behind him with 26 goals and 43 points while Tavares rounds out the top three with 21 goals and 43 points.

GOALTENDING: Veteran Dwayne Roloson has carried the bulk of the work in net for the Islanders, going 22-16-7 with a 2.85 GAA and a .910 save percentage. Standing behind him is Martin Biron who is 5-12-5 this season with a 3.12 GAA and a .902 save percentage.

INJURY REPORT: The Islanders have D Radek Martinek and G Rick DiPietro on the injured reserve.


Flames vs. Bruins, Saturday, Mar. 27, 11:00 p.m. MST at the TD Garden, Calgary Flames PPV & The FAN 960

David Krejci

WHO IS HOT: David Krejci may not have a point in his last two games but the centerman still has picked up five points (1 g, 5 a) in his last five games. He was spectacular last week against the Carolina Hurricanes, potting a goal and a helper in the 5-2 win and was a +4 that night.

WHO IS NOT: Patrice Bergeron may be leading the charge for the Bruins offensively this season but he hasn't been lighting the lamp with any sort of regularity lately. The 24 year-old has two goals in his past five games and has been held without a point in his last two outings. On Sunday, he didn't even register a shot during the Bruins 2-1 win over the Rangers.

LEADING SCORERS: In 63 games, Bergeron has 16 goals and 45 points as the Bruins leading point-getter. Krejci is sitting in second with 14 goals and 40 points in 68 games while veteran Mark Recchi is third with 15 goals and 37 points in 71 games.

GOALTENDING: The netminder duties have been split between Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask this season. Thomas is 15-17-8 this campaign with 2.57 GAA and a .914 save percentage. Rask, who looks like he's taken over as the definitive starter for the Bruins this year, is 17-10-4 with a 2.08 GAA and a .928 save percentage.

INJURY REPORT: Marc Savard is on the injured reserve with a concussion after being hit by Matt Cooke earlier this month.


Flames vs. Capitals, Sunday, Mar. 28, 1:00 p.m. MST at the Verizon Center, Sportsnet West & The FAN 960

Nicklas Backstrom

WHO IS HOT: It probably shocks no one that Alexander Ovechkin has been the Caps best player this season but after getting a two-game suspension last week, Washington had another star they could fall back on in terms of point production. Nicklas Backstrom is often over-shadowed by Ovechkin but has been a very dependable forward for his team. He's picked up eight points his last four games and could break the 100 point mark this season if this pace continues.

WHO IS NOT: Compared to the other two in the Caps top three scorers, Alexander Semin has been quiet since the Olympic break. The Russian forward has three points (2 g, 1 a) in his last five games and has only three goals in his last 10.

LEADING SCORERS: Ovechkin leads the team in goals, with 45, and points, with 97, in 62 games played. He'll likely hit the 100 point mark before Sunday's game against the Flames and if he hasn't, he'll be pressing to reach it against the Flames. Behind him is Backstrom who has 29 goals and 88 points in 72 games. Semin rounds out the top three with 33 goals and 77 points in 63 games.

GOALTENDING: Starter Jose Theodore is 26-7-6 this season with a 2.75 GAA and a .911 save percentage. Backing him up is Semyon Varlamov who is 13-3-4 with a 2.63 GAA and a .908 save percentage.

INJURY REPORT: The Caps are one of the healthiest clubs in the league and have no one on their injured reserve.