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Game Primer: Flames host Habs

by Sue Palanki / Calgary Flames

Regular Season
Iginla 52 20 38 58
Cammalleri 51 27 23 50
Langkow 52 16 23 39

Record: 30-18-4
Season Series: 0-1-0
Last Five: 1-4-0

vs. Anaheim Ducks

Season Series: 1-0-0
Last Five: 2-3-0

Regular Season
Markov 53 7 34 41
Lang 50 18 21 39
Kovalev 53 13 24 37

Canadiens vs. Flames
7 p.m. MT
Pengrowth Saddledome
TV: Sportsnet
Radio: The Fan 960


If the Flames have a doppelganger in the East, it most likely would be the Montreal Canadiens.

Both teams seem to share lots of similarities especially in suffering the same woes. They both were red hot at the midseason, but have recently hit a slump. They are even at 64 points in their respective conferences with close records (Calgary is 30-18-4 and Montreal at 29-18-6). The Flames are entering Monday night with four straight losses and 0 points for the month of February. The Habs lost seven of their last nine games including a 5-2 home loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Flames last matchup against the Anaheim Ducks was no afternoon delight on Saturday. While defence had slightly improved from the last two games, they made a couple of mistakes in their own zone. In the first period, Ducks' Bobby Ryan plundered a pass on a blunder from Dion Phaneuf at the blueline and wristed a shot past Curtis McElhinney, scoring his 18th of the season.

Later in the second, Corey Perry took the puck away from an Adam Pardy mistake and snapped a shot on a breakaway putting the Ducks up 2-0.

"It’s a mistake I can’t make," Pardy said. "Last minute in the second and down 1-0, you’ve got to keep pucks out of the middle."

"We weren’t good enough -start to finish -starting with myself, the turnover. That can’t happen early and it definitely wasn’t the effort we needed." Phaneuf added.

Offence also struggled until Mike Cammalleri gave the Flames their only goal at 13:06 in the third, tallying his 27th of the season.

Mike Keenan has been juggling the lines combinations (see Depth Chart) a bit in hopes of improving offence and the power play. On Saturday, he broke up the first line with a Bertuzzi-Langkow-Iginla combination while putting Craig Conroy on the second with Curtis Glencross and Rene Bourque. Mike Cammalleri played with Matthew Lombardi and David Moss.

"We couldn’t produce again—I guess it’s the same comment I made last game—our power play couldn’t generate the offence that probably would have made a difference for us," said Keenan. "We are going to have to work on two things that will make our power play more successful. One is structure of it and two is we have to work on our work."

The Canadiens starts a six-game road trip with Calgary as the first pit stop. Likewise, they haven't been successful on the road this season with a 12-12-2 record which is close to Calgary's 11-11-1.

Montreal has 13 goals in their last seven losses and Calgary has 12 in their last six. Both teams have strong penalty-killing units, but have been struggling on the power play. The Habs were 1-for-8 on Saturday while the Flames were 0-for-6.

Backup goaltender Jaroslav Halak will most likely start in tonight's game due to Habs coach Guy Carbonneau's disappointment with Carey Price's recent performance. Price has lost six of his last eight starts. After having Saturday off, Miikka Kiprusoff should be resuming goaltending duties.

The last time these two teams met was on December 9 at Bell Centre in Montreal. The Canadiens beat the Flames 4-1 with former Flame Alex Tanguay scoring two assists and Dustin Boyd got the lone Calgary goal.

After tonight's matchup, the Flames will have an opportunity to improve their road record on a three-game road trip starting in Anaheim on Wednesday.


For the Flames…

Michael Cammalleri

Mike Cammalleri notched his 27th goal on Saturday furthering him as a powerhouse scorer for the Flames. While he had simmered down to two goals and one assist in the last five, the Flames hope he will resurge and produce more goals like his 11 goal, eight-game streak he had two weeks ago.

For the Habs...


Jaroslav Halak was supposed to start Saturday's contest against the Leafs, but sat out with the flu. He has a 11-8-1 record with a 2.89 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage. The 23-year-old Slovak has one win under his belt against the Flames making 32 saves in the December matchup.


Calgary 1, Anaheim 2
Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Flames have a season long four game losing streak after a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday afternoon game at the Saddledome. Curtis McElhinney got the start in net, after Miikka Kiprusoff had made 77 straight starts at home dating back to Feb.26th, 2007 when Jamie McLennan defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 5-2. Bobby Ryan got the Ducks on the board early as he converted on a feed from Andrew Ebbett at 4:55 of the opening period. Corey Perry was able to extend the Ducks lead to 2-0 with just 29 seconds left in the second period as he capitalized on a breakaway and snuck the puck off the post to beat McElhinney. Flames leading scorer Michael Cammalleri tapped in his 27th of the season to cut the lead in half, but that was as close as Calgary would get. McElhinney made 23 saves, and is still in search of his first career win.

Power Play:0/4 (0%)Penalty Killing : 2/2 (100%)
Shots:Calgary: 27,Anaheim: 25

Todd Bertuzzi needs three power play goals for 100
Craig Conroy needs two games for 900
Jarome Iginla needs six goals for 400 and three points to pass MacInnis for 2nd on Flames all time
Miikka Kiprusoff needs 11 wins for 200
Daymond Langkow needs six points for 600
Matthew Lombardi needs four assists for 100
Eric Nystrom needs eight games for 100
Dion Phaneuf needs five games for 300 and nine points for 200
Cory Sarich needs six assists for 100
Mike Keenan needs two wins to pass Pat Quinn for 4th in all-time wins


Brandon Prust (jaw) and Wayne Primeau (foot) are expected to return later this month. Jim Vandermeer (ankle) and Rhett Warrener (shoulder) are out indefinitely.

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