Flames eager for revenge against Canucks


VANCOUVER, CANADA – APRIL 6: Brian McGrattan #16 of the Calgary Flames fights Tom Sestito #29 of the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL game at Rogers Arena on April 6, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Six-hundred miles and twenty-eight points separate these two Northwest Division rivals but every game is played as if it’s a fight to the death. There’s no backing down from the Flames who clearly have no chance at catching the 22-11-6 Vancouver Canucks. For the fourth season in a row, the Flames can play spoilers yet again.

Last meeting: Saturday, April 6, these two teams met in Vancouver where the Flames lost by a score of 5-2 to the ‘Nucks. The score didn’t accurately represent the game, however, as Calgary outshot the hosts 38-22, with Kiprusoff playing one of his worst games this season.

Who’s hot: Calgary’s Alex Tanguay has goals in back-to-back games while MacDonald’s 39 saves Monday night was a season high for him. The Sedin’s are always dangerous, and have a combined 9 points in their last three games. Vancouver defenseman Dan Hamhuis has a 3-game point streak.

Starting goalies: Cory Schneider will get the start for the Canucks as confirmed by Elliot Pap on Monday. It is still unconfirmed as to who will get the nod for the Flames tonight.

Prediction: The Flames have been historically good at playing spoilers. Calgary wins this one 4-3, in overtime. Mike Cammalleri will get two, while Glencross and Tanguay pick up the other two.

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