After thrilling their fans with a 6-2 win in their home opener last night against the Oilers, the Canucks will look to spoil the home opener for the Flames when these two heated rivals clash at the Scotiabank Saddledome tonight in Calgary.
Vancouver is looking to string to consecutive wins for the first time in this young season when they battle Calgary in the first of five meetings this season and they'll be turning to the Sedin twins to lead the way again. The twins were extremely effective against the Flames last season combining for two goals and 15 points in just five games played.
The Flames, likewise, are looking to post back-to-back wins for the first time this season as well. They earned three of a possible four points in their two-game road trip to begin the season, which included knocking off the Blue Jackets 4-3 on Friday. Joey MacDonald, who led the Flames to their first win of the season, will get the start for the Flames. It will be just his third career start against the Canucks and his first as a Flame.
Puck drop at 5 pm PT – Live on Sportsnet Pacific, THE TEAM 1040, or online at www.teamradio.ca.
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Shoot first and don't ask questions. The Canucks have shown over the years that they can be a very successful team when they push the pace on offence and having a shoot first mentality like they did last night is more likely than not to lead to goals.
2. Take the crowd out early. Just as the fans at Rogers Arena were pumped up last night for the Canucks home opener, you'd have to expect the same to be the case for the fans tonight at the Saddledome when the Flames play their first home game of the season. A few early markers might get them to start sitting on their hands.
3. Attack Lack. If the Canucks decide to go with their rookie netminder in the tail end of the back-to-back, the Flames need to give him a rude welcoming to the NHL by making life as difficult as possible for him.
IN THE INFIRMARY
For the Canucks…
F Alex Burrows (foot) is out indefinitely. F Jordan Schroeder (broken left foot/ankle) is on the injured reserve list.
For the Flames…
F Matt Stajan (leg contusion) is week-to-week. F Mike Cammalleri (bruised hand) is on the injured reserve list.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Canucks might not like the idea of Ryan Kesler getting into too many scraps but they do have a strong history of winning when Kes decides to drop the gloves. Since breaking into the NHL, Kesler has fought 16 times in the regular season. The Canucks have won 11 of those 16 games in which he gotten into a fight (11-3-2).
2 – Game losing streak for the Flames in home openers.
2 – Shorthanded goals scored by the Canucks last night, equaling their entire total from the 2012.13 season.
4 – Wins for the Canucks over the Flames last year in five games played.
8 – Points for Henrik Sedin (1-7-8) against the Flames last season, leading all players in the season series.
19 – Captains in Flames franchise history. Mark Giordano became the latest taking over the vacant position previously held by Jarome Iginla.
172 – Total games of NHL experience combined between Karri Ramo and Joey MacDonald combined. Miikka Kiprusoff, who retired in the off-season, had 623 games of regular season experience.
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