Tale of the Tape: Canucks vs. Flames (1.23.13)
Tonight’s game is presented by Budweiser.
|Team Record: 0-1-1
Last Game: 2-3 SO/L vs Edmonton (JAN.20.13)
Season Series: 0-0-0
Last Meeting: 2-3 L (APR.05.12)
|Team Record: 0-2-0
Last Game: 4-5 L vs Anaheim (JAN.21.13)
Season Series: 0-0-0
Last Meeting: 3-2 W (APR.05.12)
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
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Tonight's game faces off at 7 pm PT and can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet Pacific. Listen live on The TEAM 1040 Sports Radio or online at teamradio.ca.
Those away from a TV or radio can follow @CanucksGame on Twitter for live in-game play-by-play.
THE CANUCKS WIN IF...
From the moment Jordan Schroeder was drafted by the Canucks back in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Vancouver hockey fans have been eagerly anticipating for the day that the offensively-gifted forward would finally crack the big club. That long wait will finally come to an end tonight.
The 22-year-old native of Burnsville, Minnesota will make his NHL debut tonight against the Flames as the team's third line centre playing alongside Mason Raymond and Dale Weise after being recalled from the Chicago Wolves (AHL) on Tuesday. Schroeder took part in the Canucks' brief training camp prior to the start of the season but did not initially make the team's 23-player roster.
Schroeder has put up some modest numbers at the AHL level this season netting nine goals and 19 points in 30 games. In addition to his third line duties, he's expected to get some second unit power play time as well.
The present might not look particularly encouraging for the Flames right now but the future certainly looks bright with promising forward Sven Baertschi among the youngsters that Calgary fans can look forward to watching for many years to come.
A first round selection of the Flames back in 2011, Baertschi gave Flames fan something to buzz about during a mid-season emergency call-up last season when he notched three goals during a brief five-game stint. He continued to impress earlier this season at the AHL level amassing six goals and 18 points in 21 games with the Abbotsford Heat.
The 20-year-old Swiss is still seeking his first points of the new NHL season. Tonight will mark his first career game against the Canucks.
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2012.13 Regular Season
2012.13 Regular Season
For the Canucks...
F Ryan Kesler (shoulder/wrist surgery) and F David Booth (strained groin) are on the injured reserve list.
For the Flames...
F Jiri Hudler is currently on bereavement leave. F Roman Cervenka (blood clot) and D Anton Babchuk (shoulder) are on the injured reserve list.
4 – Wins needed for Coach Vigneault to reach 400 career NHL victories.
8 – Points needed for Henrik Sedin (749) to surpass Markus Naslund (756) as the franchise's leading point scorer.
264th – All-time meeting between the Canucks and Flames. Vancouver trails the all-time series 90-117-38.
409 – Straight sellouts for Canucks hockey at Rogers Arena entering tonight's game. The streak dates back November 14, 2002 and includes 363 regular season games and 46 playoff games.
590 – Games in Calgary's Jay Bouwmeester's current ironman streak coming into tonight. Barring injury, Bouwmeester will in the top-five of all-time longest NHL ironman streaks by season's end.
@BDGallof- I'm pretty convinced the mystery team vying for Roberto Luongo is the Brooklyn Nets.
@passittobulis- You know who isn't surprised that Weise is in the top six? Dutch people. #DaleWeiseScoort
@FarhanLaljiTSN- Kassian keeping perspective, "I can get moved down as fast as I got moved up." #canucks
One-time Canuck training camp attendee Steve Begin isn't exactly on a career path that will see him break many NHL records but he already shares one in the Flames' books. Begin, originally a draft pick of the Flames back in 1996, recently returned to Calgary for his second stint with the team and has opted to don jersey number 25 this season.
That's somewhat significant because it's the fifth different jersey number he has worn in Calgary tying the club record set by Pat Ribble. Begin has previously worn jersey numbers 7, 26, 33 and 57 with the Flames. Ribble, a journeyman defenseman back in the mid-70's to early-80's, wore numbers 3, 8, 22, 23 and 28 for the Flames.