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Columbus Blue Jackets at Calgary Flames

December 1st, 2011 - 9:00pm EDT
Scotiabank Saddledome- Calgary, Alberta
Radio - WBNS 97.1 FM- TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponents Blog: Matchsticks and Gasoline
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On paper, this game is far from a barn-burner.

The Jackets and Flames are two of the Western Conference's worst teams, with both squads struggling mightily on special teams and in the goal-scoring department. These teams are actually fairly evenly matched, with the exception of defense. The Flames are a middle-of-the-pack team defensively, backed by the strong play of Miikka Kiprusoff in goal. The Jackets will counter Kiprusoff with Curtis Sanford, who is a top-5 goaltender statistically. Sanford has been playing at a very high level, and with the Flames' struggles to score, the Jackets have a good chance of evening up their record on this Western Conference road trip.

Projected Lineups

(Note: Lines are based on combinations used in practice yesterday and are subject to change)

Columbus Blue Jackets

('11-'12: 6-15-3, 15 Points; 5th division, 15th conference)

Vinny Prospal
Jeff Carter
Rick Nash
R.J. Umberger
Mark Letestu
Ryan Johansen
Antoine Vermette
Samuel Pahlsson
Derek Dorsett
Cody Bass
Derek MacKenzie
Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin Nikita Nikitin
James Wisniewski Marc Methot
John Moore
Grant Clitsome

Curtis Sanford
Steve Mason


Calgary Flames

('11-'12: 10-12-1, 21 Points; 5th Division, 13th Conference)

Curtis Glencross
Olli Jokinen
Jarome Iginla
Alex Tanguay
Roman Horak
Rene Bourque
Blake Comeau
Mikael Backlund
Lee Stempniak
Tom Kostopoulos Matt Stajan
Tim Jackman

Jay Bouwmeester
Chris Butler
Scott Hannan
T.J. Brodie
Derek Smith
Cory Sarich

Miikka Kiprusoff
Henrik Karlsson

By The Numbers ('11-'12 Season)

Scoring
CBJ - 2.29 G/G (26th)
CAL - 2.22 G/G (28th)

Defense
CAL- 2.61 GA/G (16th)
CBJ - 3.17 GA/G (25th)

Power Play
CAL - 12.7% (25th)
CBJ - 13.1% (24th)

Penalty Kill
CAL- 80.2% (23rd)
CBJ - 75.6% (29th)

Game Notes:

  • Rick Nash has taken over the team lead in goals, with seven.
  • Vinny Prospal continues to lead the team in overall scoring, with 19 points.
  • Derick Brassard and Aaron Johnson are the likely scratches tonight for the Jackets.
  • The Flames will be without Mark Giordano, after he was injured in the Flames' last game against Nashville.
  • Alex Tanguay leads the Flames in scoring, with 16 points in 23 games.
  • Jarome Iginla is tied with Curtis Glencross for the team lead in goals, with seven apiece.