After a loss to the Division and Conference leading Blackhawks last night, the Jackets return to Nationwide in search of some kind of spark to re-ignite this team as they take on Calgary in the second night of a back to back.
The Flames, on the other hand, are looking at the Jackets with a wary sort of "There but for the grace of God" mentality. Though the Flames are looking at the playoffs from the outside at the moment, they've won their last three games and are poised to break in on the backs of Nashville and Dallas if they can string together a fourth.
After the Jackets called up Dane Byers yesterday the Falcons' captain ended up practicing but sitting out the actual game, so it will be interesting to see if he and Grant Clitsome, who was a healthy scratch on Tuesday, might draw back in for fresh legs.
We'd also normally suspect Curtis Sanford to get the start, but given his recent back issues that's less certain. We'll try to see what shakes out at this morning's optional skate.
|Rick Nash||Derick Brassard||
|Fedor Tyutin||Nikita Nikitin|
(17-15-4, 38 Points; 4th Division, 12th Conference)
|Curtis Glencross||Olli Jokinen|
|Rene Bourque||Mikael Backlund||Lee Stempniak|
|Paul Byron||Roman Horak||Blake Comeau|
|Tom Kostopoulos||Brendan Morrison||Tim Jackman|
|Jay Bouwmeester||Chris Butler|
|Scott Hannan||Derek Smith|
|T.J. Brodie||Corey Sarich|
November 21, 2011 - CGY 1 CBJ 4
December 4, 2011 - CBJ 4 CGY 3 (SO)
By The Numbers:
CGY - 2.50 G/G (20th)
CBJ - 2.37 G/G (26th)
CGY - 2.67 GA/G (14th)
CBJ - 3.37 GA/G (30th)
CGY - 17.1% (18th)
CBJ - 15.4% (22nd)
CGY - 83% (13th)
CBJ - 74.8% (29th)
- Tonight's game is the second and last meeting at Nationwide between the two clubs this season, and the final game in the set won't come until mid-March. The memory of Calgary's late period collapse should be just fresh enough to stick in the back of their minds. Hopefully the Jackets can take advantage of it.
- Injuries have taken away Alex Tanguay, Mark Giordano, Matt Stajan, and Anton Babchuk, but the Flames keep rolling. The Jackets could learn a thing or two here.
- Despite the frustrating outcome, there were some good things in the Jackets' loss last night - a fair amount of traffic around the net, taking less penalties, winning faceoff battles, and blocking shots. If whomever is in net can stop more than 80% of the pucks thrown at him, the Jackets might actually have a good shot at winning if they can keep playing the same way.
- The NHL's holiday roster freeze ends today. Will anything happen? Will the team give us a reason to expect anything more than the same diet of effluence? God, I hope so,