Tale of the Tape: Canucks vs. Flames (1.23.13)

Wednesday, 23.01.2013 / 12:00 PM
Daniel Fung

THE SET-UP

A pair of winless teams will try to pick up their respective first victories of the season at the other's expense tonight when the Canucks (0-1-1) play host to the Flames (0-2-0) in a Northwest Division clash at Rogers Arena.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

- The Canucks are looking to avoid their worst start since the 2009.10 season when they stumbled to a 0-3 start. It took that team until their 11th game before they finally managed to climb above .500.

- The Canucks and Flames split their 2011.12 season series with each team winning three times. Two of Vancouver's three wins came at Rogers Arena.

- Canucks D Alex Edler brings a two-game goal streak into tonight's game. He has never scored in three straight games in his career.

- Speaking of Edler, he led all players in the season series against the Flames with six points (1-5-6) in six games last year.

- The Canucks aren't accustomed to losing when Edler scores. Last season, they went 8-1-1 in games when Edler found the back of the net.

- Canucks G Cory Schneider gets back between the pipes tonight after being yanked on opening night. He has a career record of 1-2-0 against the Flames with a 2.65 GAA and .916 save percentage.

- Calgary G Miikka Kiprusoff gave up four-or-more goals in a game on 11 occasions last season including once against the Canucks. He's done that in back-to-back games to start this season.

- Calgary F Mike Cammalleri led the Flames in scoring in last year’s season series with four goals in three games. He also had an assist against the Canucks last season while playing for the Habs.

- The Flames have lost two straight road openers and seven of their last eight overall dating back to 2003.04.

- New Flames head coach, Bob Hartley, is still looking for his first win behind Calgary's bench. Back in 1998.99 when Hartley first took over the Avalanche in his first NHL coaching gig, Colorado went 0-4-1 out of the gate but finished that season atop the Northwest Division and second best in the Western Conference.

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