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Game 41

I fart in your general direction. Oh, and also stop your pathetic attempts at scoring goals.
I fart in your general direction. Oh, and also stop your pathetic attempts at scoring goals.
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9:30p ET, Scociabank Saddledome

Calgary, AB

TV: Fox Sports Detroit-Plus

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Flames Blog: Matchsticks & Gasoline

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... Huh. what? Where am I? Oh, sorry I fell asleep after that late game last night. Boy do I not miss West Coast games. The Wings pulled out a win last night against the Oilers and get right back on the ice tonight against Jiri Hudler and the Flames. While the Wings are playing their 2nd game in 2 nights, the Flames have had 5 days to rest since their last game against the Islanders. Unfortunately the Wings will be without Tomas Jurco tonight after he was held out of the 3rd period last night for "precautionary" reasons with what was reported as back spasms. Joakim Andersson will most likely come in to help bolster the Wings PK, while reuniting the stone hands line.

There really aren't any games the Wings can afford to piss away any points because the we can't count on other teams in the division pissing away points. I don't want to have to scrape and claw our way into the playoffs again and a game like tonight is one that we  should win. The Flames have been a bit better this year than many expected but they're still not a "good" team. I'm a little nervous that we'll come out looking slow and discombobulated tonight. I really hope I'm worried for no good reason. Hey, maybe Luke Glendening will get another power play goal tonight. Stop laughing, it happened once and I'll bet you didn't think THAT was possible either. I want 2 more points tonight, go get 'em boys!

The Expected Lineups (subject to chance on Babcock's discretion)

Forwards

Darren Helm Pavel Datsyuk Stephen Weiss
Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Johan Franzen
Joakim Andersson Luke Glendening Drew Miller

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Kyle Quincey
Xavier Ouellet Brendan Smith

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jimmy Howard


Scratches: Brian Lashoff, & Daniel Cleary

Injuries: Jakub Kindl (elbow) & Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder), Tomas Jurco (back)

Forwards

Curtis Glencross Sean Monahan Joe Colborne
Johnny Hockey Josh Jooris Don't Forget The Stairs
Mason Raymond Michael Backlund Paul Byron
Brandon Bolig Matt Stajan Lance Bourma


Defensemen

Mark Giordano T.J. Brodie
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
Cameron Diaz Deryk Engelland


Goaltenders

Karri Ramo (starting)
Jonas HIller


FLAMES THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
21-16-3 (45 pts; 3rd in WC race) Record 21-10-9 (51 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)
2.80 (13th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.80 (12th in NHL)
2.60 (17th) Goals Against Per Game 2.35 (6th)
18.5% (17th) Power Play % 24.2% (2nd)
76.5% (26th) Penalty Kill % 86.4% (4th)
Jiri Hudler (13 goals) Goal Leader Tomas Tatar (16 goals)
Jiri Hudler (38 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (34 points)

  • The Red Wings are 70-65-16-1 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Calgary Flames.
  • Last 10 Games: Detroit 4-4-2, Calgary 4-5-1
  • Petr Mrazek has never played against the Flames but he is hot stuff, you might even say he's on fire and our fire is better than the Flames.


Let's Go Red Wings!!!