Game Day: Calgary Flames at St. Louis Blues
Keep your eyes on Roman Cervenka and Jordan Leopold
Calgary Flames (19-23-4) at St. Louis Blues (27-17-2)
6 p.m., Scottrade Center
TV: Sportsnet West
Radio: FAN 960
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RW ROMAN CERVENKA
A pending free agent, Czech forward showed off his skill in Nashville, scoring once on a breakaway, then again on a deflection. Bring him back?
S. Baertschi M. Backlund M. Cammalleri
J. Hudler R. Horak M. Reinhart P. Byron B. Street L. Stempniak
T. Jackman M. Stajan B. Hanowski
M. Giordano D. Wideman
T.J. Brodie M. Cundari
C. Butler B. Carson M. Kiprusoff
D Derek Smith (knee), LW Alex Tanguay (knee), LW Curtis Glencross (knee), LW Steve Begin (upper body)
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D JORDAN LEOPOLD
Yes, the other familiar blue-liner here. In two terms with Calgary, the Hobey Baker Award winner suited up for 233 games, including 39 in the playoffs.
J. Schwartz D. Backes A. Steen
A. MacDonald V. Sobotka C. Stewart
C. Porter P. Berglund V. Tarasenko
R. Reaves D. Perron A. Cracknell
J. Bouwmeester A. Pietrangelo
J. Leopold K. Shattenkirk
B. Jackman R. Polak
G Jaroslav Halak (groin), C Scott Nichol (lower body), RW T.J. Oshie (foot), RW Jamie Langenbrunner (hip)
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
1. SVEN STREAKING — Flames rookie LW Sven Baertschi, who picked up a pair of helpers Tuesday in Nashville, extended his point spree to six games (two goals, six assists), which is good news for everyone after the 20-year-old’s slow start to the NHL campaign. “Well, it’s great,” said coach Bob Hartley. “Sven is a great offensive player. Obviously, we’re trying to mould him to understand the game in the three zones, with smart decisions and everything ... He’s willing to learn like we’re willing to invest lots of time in him. You look at his passing, his touch around the net. You can tell that he’s gifted.” The recent spree gives Baertschi nine points in 19 games.
2. EVENTFUL WEEK FOR NO. 44 — Sunday in Minnesota, D Chris Butler, riled up, turned in his spunkiest game of the winter. Tuesday in Nashville, he had two assists, going plus-two in a 4-3 loss. Now he’s set to play in his home town. It’s not the first time he’s laced up in St. Loo, but, still, it resonates. “For me, I really enjoy it,” said Butler. “It’s a chance to see family and friends. It’s special when you’re away for eight months of the year. My family really enjoys coming to the games. We grew up watching Blues games. I would say that 99 per cent of my friends cheer for the Blues, and maybe the odd game they’ll actually cheer for us. A bunch of them will be there heckling me, giving me a hard time — I wouldn’t expect anything less.” In three career tilts at the Scottrade Center, Butler has collected two assists and seven blocked shots.
3. MISSING IN ACTION — With RW Lee Stempniak being scratched Tuesday in Nashville — making room for some late-season tryouts — poof went the only Calgarian to have skated in every game this season. That makes the Flames the only team without at least one player with perfect attendance. The last time this happened was 2006-07, when C Daymond Langkow, LW Tony Amonte, LW Alex Tanguay, LW Kristian Huselius all dressed 81 times, one game shy of the full complement.
4. BITTERSWEET NIGHT — St. Louis RW Chris Stewart enjoyed a big game Tuesday, despite it being the birthday of his mother, who died six years ago. Stewart, in the Blues’ 3-1 win, collected his 100th goal, his 100th assist, his 200th point. “It’s always something I’ll remember,” Stewart said after the game. “She was always like, ‘Score me a goal.’ I had that in my mind tonight. It’s a bit of an emotional day. It’s been six years now. I’m glad my family got to watch tonight.”
5. INS, OUTS, WHAT-HAVE-YOUS — C Matt Stajan leads the Flames with 23 even-strength points ... With 15, LW Michael Cammalleri is the team leader in power-play points ... The hit leader is RW Tim Jackman with 95 ... D Dennis Wideman’s 91 blocked shots is tops for Calgary (as are his 37 giveaways).
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