It's game day once again at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. The Flames welcome the Vancouver Canucks for the first meeting of six.
The Flames took part in an optional skate Wednesday morning in which most players chose to participate in. The team will face their second consecutive Northwest Division battle Wednesday night against the visiting Vancouver Canucks.
The Canucks will look to win their third straight, while the Flames hope to win back to back home games before heading back on the road for a pair.
Canucks left wing Alexandre Burrows has 2 goals and 2 assists in his last three games while Henrik Sedin is leading the league in assists with 25. Between Henrik and his brother Daniel, the two have combined for 54 points in 22 games this season.
Is there any one way to shut down this Sweden duo?
"Obviously they are really good players, "said coach Brent Sutter."They have such a knowledge and a knack for where they are on the ice all the time and they use each other very well. Your awareness and sharpness has to be good. You don't rely on one or two guys. You need five-man units and make sure that you react quickly and are able to shut them down as best as you can. But they are very good players and throughout the night they are going to get some opportunities. It's just trying to minimize the percentages of where they are getting them from."
Flames centre Olli Jokinen told media after practice that he enjoys playing in these situations and is up for the challenge. He understands the way that the Sedin's play and is ready to match them step for step.
"You always want to play against the best," said Jokinen. "No matter who you play against, you still have to try to score and outplay the guys you play against. It's very important part of this game. Once we have everyone doing that, 18 guys, we have a good chance to win."
Jokinen added: "If you look at the Sedin's, that's all they do, cycle the puck. They have the skill and know where they are all the time. The main thing for them is movement and turnovers. They get turnovers at the blueline and get the puck deep. They want to play 200 feet away from their net and we want to do that tomorrow."
The Flames projected lines are as follows:
Tanguay- Stajan- Iginla
Hagman- Backlund- Jokinen
Glencross- Moss- Bourque
Kostopoulos- Morrison- Jackman
-no evidence that Kotalik will return to the lineup tonight
FULL PROJECTED LINEUP VS. CANUCKS
CANUCKS PROJECTED LINES:
D.Sedin- H.Sedin- Burrows
Raymond- Kesler- Tambellini
Torres- Malhotra- Samuelsson
Glass- Perrault- Hansen