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Flames this Week 24.11.08

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames
After two dominating performances against the Colorado Avalanche, the Flames fell to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

This week, they’ll welcome the Los Angeles Kings and play a home-and-home set against division-rival Vancouver Canucks.
This may also be a chance for the Flames to regroup and continue to build on their hard work and success.
They’re hoping the letdown they experienced with Detroit won’t dampen their spirits and be able to end the week with big wins over the red-hot Canucks.

Calgary vs. Los Angeles, Tuesday, November 25, 7:30 p.m. at Pengrowth Saddledome, Sportsnet West & The FAN 960
The Kings will be hungry for a win after coming off a disappointing 4-3 shootout loss against the Avalanche on Saturday.Anze Kopitar
They’ve had an impressive November, picking up points in seven of their ten games.
They had a four-game winning streak from November 6 through the 13 and outscored their opponents 14-9.
A reason for their success has been the offensive output of Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown.
Kopitar leads the team in points with 15, and Brown leads them in scoring with eight goals.
Backup goaltender Erik Ersberg has been a surprise for the club recently, posting a 2.05 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
His record is 5-3-2 this season. He’s never faced Calgary in his career.
The last meeting between both teams was on November 1. They Flames won that meeting, 3-2, with Daymond Langkow scoring the game winner.
The last time the Kings won in Calgary was December 21, 2005 with a 5-2 victory.

Calgary at Vancouver, Thursday, November 27, 8:00 p.m. at General Motors Place, Sportsnet West & The FAN 960
It’s round two for the Flames to take on the Vancouver Canucks in a home-and-home series.

Henrik SedinThe Flames will be looking to avenge both losses from last October.
Calgary fell 6-0 at the season opener in Vancouver, so they’ll be looking for a drastic improvement in play at GM Place.
The Canucks have been on fire this month and are currently riding a three-game winning streak.
Vancouver has only lost once in regulation this month. The Sedin twins have been outstanding for the club.
Henrik is leading the Canucks in points with 21, while Daniel is second with 19 and first with nine goals.

Daniel scored a goal in the Canucks 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday while Henrik assisted on all three goals.
It’s unclear if Roberto Luongo will be playing this week. He injured himself on Saturday while trying to make a pad save in the game and fell to the ice in pain.
Backup goaltender Curtis Stanford was excellent in stopping 19 of 20 shots.

Calgary vs. Vancouver, Saturday, November 29, 8:00 p.m. at Pengrowth Saddledome, CBC & The FAN 960
The Flames return home on Saturday to host the Canucks. At the home opener, Calgary was thumped in a 5-4 OT loss.
The Flames put up a good fight at the ‘Dome, but Pavol Demitra scored the game winner with just over a minute left in overtime.
Demitra has been on a roll as of late, scoring two of his seven goals against Pittsburgh on Saturday. He has five assists to his name so far.
Mike Cammalleri and Dion Phaneuf lead the Flames in points against the Canucks this year.
Cammalleri had a goal and a helper, and Phaneuf had two assists in the overtime loss. Todd Bertuzzi, Rene Bourque and Andre Roy also scored for Calgary.
Jarome Iginla has yet to record a point against Vancouver this season, but he was involved in a spirited fight against Willie Mitchell.
The Flames will meet the Canucks two more times after this home-and-home set.

This Week’s Key Numbers
Mark Giordano scored his first goal of the season on Saturday. He has nine points so far this season.
Matthew Lombardi returned to the lineup after missing 13 games with an upper body injury. He has a goal and an assist this year.
With Jim Vandermeer still on the IR, Adam Pardy is getting a substantial amount of playing time. He’s played in seven games so far and has a -2 rating.
The Bonavista, NL native was a Flames sixth round draft choice in 2004.
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