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New York Rangers at Calgary Flames: The Bad Guys

The Calgary Flames play host to the New York Rangers tonight in a 9pm ET game.

The Flames are sixth in the Pacific Division with a 30-36-7 record and have 67 points. The team has struggled this season and aren’t a factor for the post season. They are still playing hard and giving top western teams a fight to the end. Kari Ramo get the start tonight for the Flames. He is 13-11-4 on th season with one shut out. He averages 2.56 goals against and has a .916 save percentage. The team is led by veteran right-winger Jiri Hudler; who has 16 goals for 47 points and has three points in the last four games. Mark Giordano has 12 goals for 33 points. Mikael Backlund has 18 goasl for 38 points and Michael Cammalleri has the team high 23 goals for 37 points. Rookie sensation Sean Monahan has 19 goals for 31 points. Matt Stajan has 11 goals for 28 points on the season but he as five points in the last three games.

The Flames are running hot right now with seven wins in their last 12 games. They will not go down easily or without a fight. They remember the struggling Rangers team from the beginning of the season but also know what the team has done through out the season. Brian McGratten is the tough guy for the Flames with 100 penalties in minutes; who will do everything he can to get under the skin of Derek Dorsett. Lance Bouma and Ladislav Smid are the heavy hitters while Chris Butler and Smid are the big shot blockers on the ice.

The Flames will be without Dennis Wideman, David Jones, and Marcus Granlund all suffering from upper body injuries.

Tags: Derek Dorsett Flames New York Rangers

  • Pivot

    As long as the Rangers don’t look past Calgary, they should beat this team. There’s no two points for showing up in this league so it’ll take 60 mins. This would be a great time for Nash & MSL to build some chemistry and score some goals. This is the kind of game where a lesser opponent will come out swinging. The Rangers need to control the puck and regroup as much as possible. Make this young Calgary team impatient and force them into mistakes & turnovers. They play a dump n chase type system and a zone defense inside the house. From the point a zone d has holes. Work the puck around and peel that zone apart.