Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Calgary Flames (10/20/09)

Columbus Blue Jackets

League Standing: 8th
Western Conference Standing: 6th
Central Division Standing: 2nd


Calgary Flames

League Standing: 5th
Western Conference Standing: 4th
Northwest Division Standing: 2nd

Game Time: 7:30pm MST
Location: Pengrowth Saddledome (Calgary, AB)
Coverage: Rogers Sportsnet West (TV), Fan960 (Radio)

Recent News:

With three straight losses to Dallas, Chicago, and Columbus, Head Coach Brent Sutter was prompted to shuffle his lines for the last Calgary Flames matchup against the Vancouver Canucks. With the new lines in place, the Flames once again beat up on Roberto Luongo, and secured a 5-3 victory. The Flames look to build on that win tonight against Columbus. One roster to change to note: Aaron Johnson, recently acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Kyle Greentree, will be inserted into the lineup tonight in place of Adam Pardy. Johnson was previously a member of the Blue Jackets organization from 2003-2007. He will be wearing #44 for the Flames.

Columbus is currently riding a three game win streak, with victories against Phoenix, Calgary and Los Angeles. With the Blue Jackets only set back this season coming against the San Jose Sharks, Columbus has proven that their escapade into last season’s playoffs was not a mere fluke. This team is here to compete, and destroy the competition. With the Blue Jackets last contest occurring on Saturday evening, expect Columbus to come out fresh and strong.

Last Meeting:

The Flames and Blue Jackets previously met on October 13 in Columbus. The Blue Jackets prevailed by a score of 2-1. This game was not nearly as close as the score may suggest. With the shot count reading 33-23 in favour of Columbus, Miikka Kiprusoff held the Flames in the game all night long. Rick Nash was the games first star, with two assists and four shots on goal. Former Flames Anton Stralman and Kristian Huselius were the second and third stars, respectively. Stralman and Huselius potted the only two marks that would find their way past Miikka Kiprusoff on this evening.


Calgary- Following three days off, fans can expect to see Miikka Kiprusoff between the pipes again for the Flames. So far this season Kiprusoff is sporting a 5-1-1 record alongside a 0.902 SV% and 3.26 GAA. His backup, Curtis McElhinney is 0-1-0 in one start, with a 0.862 SV% and 4.00 GAA.

Columbus- With two days of rest, Steve Mason is the most likely candidate to be manning the crease for the Blue Jackets. 4-1-0 in his first five games, Mason has a 0.925 SV% and 2.35 GAA. His backup, Mathieu Garon, is 1-0-0 with a 0.977 SV% paired with a 0.77 GAA.

Key Players:

Calgary- As mentioned earlier, defenseman Aaron Johnson will be making his Calgary Flames debut tonight. He will be facing off against his former club. Johnson spent three seasons in Columbus before being acquired by the New York Islanders. The rugged Nova Scotian put up 26 points and 93 PIMs in 116 games with the Blue Jackets from 2003-2007. He will be wearing jersey number 44, and is most likely to be paired with Mark Giordano.

Struggling so far this season for Calgary, is centreman Daymond Langkow. With a -8 rating and only 3 points in 8 games, the Flames expect more out of Langkow. Watch tonight to see if he can get his name on the score sheet.

Columbus- Rick Nash has been dominant this season, and is showing that he can set up, as well as finish a play. With 10 points in 6 games, Nash is the Blue Jackets scoring leader, and has 3 goals alongside 7 assists. He is a reliable force who will see a lot of ice time across from Calgary’s top defenders.

With a -5 rating, defenseman Fedor Tyutin has not been the usual steady force that Columbus fans knew him as last season. Following last season’s 34 points and +1 rating, Tyutin has put up 3 assists this season. With Jan Hejda and Mike Commodore sidelined, the Blue Jackets need more from Tyutin.

Tough Customers:

Calgary- Brian McGrattan is the biggest scrapper on the Calgary Flames roster. However against the Canucks he showed that he can score too. With a Gordie Howe hat trick last game versus Vancouver, look for McGrattan to be buzzing in the Blue Jackets end.

Columbus- Jared Boll is the Blue Jackets local tough guy. Look for him to have to answer the bell in a tango with either McGrattan or Brandon Prust tonight.

Special Teams Review:

Calgary- The Flames powerplay is still rocking at 34.8%. Rene Bourque and Dion Phaneuf lead the team in powerplay markers with two apiece. The Flames penalty kill, following early season struggles, has recovered to 77.8% efficiency. Miikka Kiprusoff has arguably been Calgary’s top penalty killer.

Columbus- The Blue Jackets powerplay sits at a respectable 23.8%. Raffi Torres has been the top ace on the Columbus powerplay, where he has scored all 3 of his goals this season. As for the penalty kill, Columbus has almost completely shut out it’s opponents so far this season. With a 95.8% efficiency, there are not many kills better than the Blue Jackets’.


Calgary- David Moss (upper body) is questionable for tonight’s game.

Columbus- Jan Hejda (knee), Mike Commodore (groin), and Fredrik Modin (knee) all sit on the injured reserve for Columbus.

~ by manovrboard on October 20, 2009.

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