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Game #67 Tue, 6 Mar 2012 Canadiens @ Flames 9:00 PM RDS(HD), TSN-HABS(HD)


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Returns To Calgary

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Injured: Will Not Face His Former Club

STARTING GOALIES

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CANADIENS (25-31-10) at FLAMES (29-25-12)

TV: RDS (HD), TSN-HABS (HD), SNET-W (HD)

Last 10: Montreal 2-7-1; Calgary 3-3-4

Season Series: Second and final meeting of the season. Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 35 shots and passed Mike Vernon to become Calgary's all-time leader in wins by a goaltender in its 4-1 victory in Montreal on Oct. 13.

Big Story: Sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with seven teams they would have to climb over in order to make the playoffs, the Canadiens are looking at playing the spoiler role down the stretch this season. This is the type of game where they could inflict some serious damage on the postseason hopes of their opponent.

Team Scope:

Canadiens: The month of February all but finished Montreal's chances of playing beyond the first week of April, as the Canadiens went 5-8-1 and lost their final five. After recording a shootout win at home to put a crimp in the Wild's chances in the West race, the Habs were unable to prolong the recent downfall of their Original Six rivals the Maple Leafs, who dealt them a 3-1 loss Saturday. Erik Cole gave the home team a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, but Toronto came back to salvage Randy Carlyle's debut coaching the team after Ron Wilson was fired.

"There were a few breakdowns, but we kept them to the outside," defenseman Josh Gorges said in the Montreal Gazette. "(But) we didn't spend enough time in their end. We didn't stay strong on the puck and it allowed them to work their transition game and come at us with good speed. They lost a few games in a row, they fired their coach, we knew they were coming."

Flames: In the seven games since beating Los Angeles to temporarily move into eighth place in the West standings, Calgary has posted a 1-3-3 record and slipped down to 11th, three points behind San Jose. The Flames have also played two more games than the Sharks. They began a stretch in which they play five of six at the Scotiabank Saddledome with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Stars on Sunday. Curtis Glencross and Jarome Iginla rallied the home team from a pair of one-goal deficits, but the consolation point was the best they could manage.

"We keep going," Iginla said in the Calgary Herald. "There's lots of hockey to be played … lots of points left. We need to put a string together. We know we need to win a good share of those games, but we believe we can do that."

Who's Hot: David Desharnais has 3 goals and 4 assists during a four-game points streak for the Canadiens. … Glencross has goals in four straight games for the Flames. Iginla (2-2-4) and Alex Tanguay (1-3-4) have three-game points streaks active.

Injury Report: Montreal forward Aaron Palushaj (cut above eye) is day-to-day. Forwards Scott Gomez (eye) and Mathieu Darche and Travis Moen (upper body) are out indefinitely. … Calgary forwards Blake Comeau (shoulder) and Lance Bouma (upper body) are day-to-day. Defenseman Chris Butler (thigh) and forwards Lee Stempniak (ankle), Blair Jones (ankle) and Mikael Backlund (arm) are on injured reserve.

Stat Pack: Lars Eller won 9 of 15 faceoffs (60 percent) for the Canadiens on Saturday, a night when they won just 35 percent of their draws overall. … David Moss saw 17:41 of ice time against the Stars in his third game back from injury and recorded an assist for his first point since Nov. 12. Moss missed 47 games due to lower-body injuries.

Puck Drop: Expect the goaltending matchup in this one to feature Kiprusoff facing Carey Price of Montreal -- the two enter Tuesday tied for third among NHL goalies with 57 games played. Kiprusoff is on pace to surpass 70 games for the seventh consecutive season. Price eclipsed the mark for the first time last season.

Who's Hot

MONTREAL

P.K. Subban (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP

Tomas Kaberle (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP

David Desharnais © 4 pts in last 2 GP

Max Pacioretty (LW) 3 pts in last 2 GP

CALGARY

Alex Tanguay (LW/RW) 8 pts in last 6 GP

Jarome Iginla (RW) 4 pts in last 3 GP

Curtis Glencross (LW) 4 pts in last 4 GP

Michael Cammalleri (LW/C) 3 pts in last 3 GP

Olli Jokinen © 18 pts in last 19 GP

Miikka Kiprusoff (G) 1-0-1, 1.92, .944 in last 2 GPI

Who's Cold

MONTREAL

Yannick Weber (D/RW) 0 pts in last 7 GP

Tomas Plekanec © 0 pts in last 4 GP

Rene Bourque (LW/RW) 0 pts in last 4 GP

Erik Cole (RW) 2 pts in last 8 GP

Peter Budaj (G) 0-2-0, 3.53, .873 in last 2 GPI

Carey Price (G) 1-3-0, 2.98, .897 in last 4 GPI

CALGARY

No Cold Players

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(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens will not have to face former teammate Mike Cammalleri, who is out with an injury, when they visit the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.

Viewers in the Canadiens region can watch the game on TSN Canadiens at 9pm et/10pm at. The game is also available on TSN Radio 990 in Montreal and TSN.ca/Montreal.

The Canadiens sit last in the Eastern Conference and have lost eight of their past 10 games. They begin a four-game road trip tonight following Saturday's 3-1 defeat to the visiting rival Maple Leafs.

Erik Cole netted Montreal's only goal and Carey Price made 39 saves.

"It's disappointing. Nobody likes to lose, that's for sure. I thought we did some good things but at the end of the day it just wasn't enough," Cole admitted. "We have to do a better job of putting pucks on net for those second and third chances."

Montreal played without both Scott Gomez and Aaron Palushaj due to eye injuries.

Bourque actually scored twice for the Flames in a 4-1 win at Montreal back on Oct. 13, a game Cammalleri missed for the Habs due to a leg injury. Calgary has won two straight and five of its past six versus Montreal overall.

The Canadiens haven't won in Calgary since Jan. 5, 2002, going 0-5 with a tie in six meetings since.

The Flames have dropped six of their past seven games, with three of those losses in shootouts. Getting some points in their defeats has helped them stay within three points of the eighth spot in the Western Conference, but the Flames need to start racking up some wins if they hope to make a move.

Calgary came up empty in a 3-2 shootout loss to Dallas on Sunday. Miikka Kiprusoff, who made 38 saves through overtime, was beaten twice in the tiebreaker, while Olli Jokinen and Alex Tanguay came up empty on their attempts.

Curtis Glencross and Jarome Iginla scored for the Flames.

"It's been tough. It hasn't been easy losing those shootout games," said Iginla. "I honestly do feel like they can go either way and you can get them going back in your direction and all of a sudden you going into them and you just feel like you're going to get them."

Cammalleri, meanwhile, suffered an upper-body injury in defeat and he will sit out tonight's contest. Cammalleri came over from the Canadiens to the Flames in a trade on Jan. 12, just days after he made negative remarks about his now former club. He was dealt along with goaltender Karri Ramo and a fifth-round pick for Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland and a 2013 second-round selection.

The forward signed a five-year deal with Montreal in July of 2009 following a 39-goal campaign with the Flames, but had just nine goals in 38 games this year before the trade. Cammalleri has posted six goals and 11 points in 21 games with Calgary this season.

Tanguay said on Monday that the Flames will miss Cammalleri in a game that would have served as extra motivation.

"Obviously when you play (your former team) for the first time, there is a lot more adrenaline and a lot more emotion. As a team, certainly we could have fed off that a bit, but injuries are part of the game," said Tanguay.

Forwards Lance Bouma (upper body) and Blake Comeau (shoulder) are also expected to sit out tonight, so the Flames recalled a trio of players from the minors on Monday: Guillaume Desbiens, Krys Kolanos and Greg Nemisz.

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Well done on the GDT, HRF, :)

I noticed a couple of things though, and that is that Moen isn't on the injury list :rolleyes: , and the Flames don't have anyone that's cold :( .

They're the Flames! How cold should we expect them to be? ... (insert *groan* emoticon here)

Great GDT! I'm sour that the West Coast swing doesn't start until next week, when I'm off. As it stands, I'll probably miss tonight and Thursday with small hope I'll stay coherent enough for Saturday's tilt.

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I can finally say that i'll be at this game.

As for the flames, all i've been hearing is how badly decimated they are with injuries. They just called up an entire 4th line from their AHL team. Stajan will be centering there top line.

Praying for Price to get the start and of course a habs win. Let's put the flames out.

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Lines at practice today:

67-51-72, 27-14-71, 53-81-57, 25-15-63.

Someone is reading or posts :lol:

For those of us too lazy to figure out numbers and names, :P from Habs I/O.

Lines at morning skate: Cole-DD-Pacioretty, White-Eller-Geoffrion, Leblanc-Plekanec-Bourque, Staubitz-Engqvist-Nokelainen | D-pairings: Gorges-Subban, Emelin-Weber, Campoli-Kaberle

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For those of us too lazy to figure out numbers and names, :P from Habs I/O.

Lines at morning skate: Cole-DD-Pacioretty, White-Eller-Geoffrion, Leblanc-Plekanec-Bourque, Staubitz-Engqvist-Nokelainen | D-pairings: Gorges-Subban, Emelin-Weber, Campoli-Kaberle

Numbers should be easier to figure out than names since this is what we prominently see when watching them play :P quicker to type too :lol:

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Superrrrrrrrr job on your GDT there HRF..........nice touch with this pic ;)

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