Stir The Drink: Canucks & Flames

Yankee Canuck
January 05 2011 08:10PM


 

Calgary Flames @ Vancouver Canucks

7:00 PM PST

Flames   Canucks
18 Wins 25
19 Losses 8
3 OTL 5
2.58 T - (19th) Goals/Game 3.42 (2nd)
2.82 (17th) Goals Against/Game 2.45 (5th)
15.3% (25th) PP 24.8% (2nd)
79.4% (23rd) PK 85% (7th)

Fast Facts

> Who Keeps The Record Book Anyway?: Vancouver is chasing a few milestones: if they earn a point it'll tie a franchise record for points in 14 straight, setting up the chance to set a new marker Friday in Edmonton. Secondly they are three goals away from the franchise's 10,0000th goal. Since they're averaging over three a game, there's a chance Kipper may surrender that milestone tonight.

>Assume Makes An Ass Out Of You and Me: Despite the urge to dance on their grave, the Flames aren't dead yet. Dropping to just one was a start and they responded with four wins in five games. They're not too far off from the 8th seed, but face the top two teams in the league - Vancouver and Detroit - back to back. They'll need statement games and their workhorses have to drag them over the line. Iginla had 15 points in December and Tanguay has five in his last six. Outside of the guns their pluggers can't hold a candle to ours and their defense - on a good night - is hit or miss. Kipper can still pull a gem out on occasion, so the Canucks have to stay the course: speed, relentless forechecking and creating hell in the crease. If the Sedins are silenced, the Kesler line will stir the drink.

> Impress Your Friends With Knowledge!: Calgary leads the all-time series between the clubs at 83-115-36. Look - something positive about Calgary. Fair and balanced, that's your Canucks Army.

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