The Calgary Flames are having trouble shutting down opponents
during their winless start. A matchup with the banged-up Montreal
Canadiens could help them post their first victory of the
Calgary looks to remain undefeated in regulation in six straight
meetings with Montreal when it continues a three-game road trip
The Flames opened 2011-12 with a 5-3 home loss to Pittsburgh on
Saturday before falling 5-2 in St. Louis on Monday. Nine of the 10
goals they’ve allowed have come in the second and third
“It’s disappointing, but I think more than just a win, we need
to find our game and to get our compete level up,” right wing
Jarome Iginla said after Monday’s loss. “… Tonight, we got
outcompeted and outworked. So it’s more than just the 0-2. We just
need to find our game.”
Left wing Curtis Glencross, who set career highs with 24 goals
and 43 points last season, has scored to get Calgary on the board
first in each of its first two games.
“I don’t know if you could put your finger on it but I think our
first periods, we’ve had some solid play,” right wing David Moss
told the Flames’ official website.
“In the second, for whatever reason, we have a letdown. I think
maybe it just comes down to losing our focus a little bit and when
things start to get away from you, the whole group starts to slip.
That’s something we can’t afford to have happen.”
Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, second in the NHL with 71 starts
last season, played the opener before giving way to Henrik Karlsson
“(Kiprusoff’s) not going to play 75 games this year because
that’s what you guy’s expect from him,” said coach Brent Sutter,
who held a closed-door meeting with the players after Monday’s
game. “He’s not going to play that much this year and we want to
get Karl going right off the bat here.”
Kiprusoff is 7-3-0 with a 2.58 goals-against average versus
Montreal, including 4-0-0 with a 2.03 GAA in his last five starts
in the series. The Flames are 4-0-1 against the Canadiens during
that stretch, outscoring them 19-10.
Montreal is coming off a high-scoring game, winning 5-1 at
Winnipeg on Sunday after falling 2-0 in Toronto in its season
opener last Thursday.
The Canadiens, though, will be without forward Michael
Cammalleri and defenseman Jaroslav Spacek for the next few
Cammalleri is expected to miss 10-14 days because of a deep cut
on his right leg, while Spacek will be out up to three weeks with
an undisclosed upper-body injury.
Cammalleri, who scored the Canadiens’ first goal of the season
Sunday, escaped more serious injury as no muscle or tendon was cut
when he appeared to make contact with teammate Yannick Weber’s
“I was scared at the time. I’m not a doctor, but I just know
that I looked down and I could see the cut was deep and the blood
was coming out fast,” he told the Canadiens’ official website.
“I wasn’t panicking, but I had no idea what had been cut, if it
was an artery or anything – I just figured I should get some
attention for it as quickly as possible.”
Montreal will be playing its first game of the season at the
Bell Centre after finishing with 24 home wins – fourth-most in the
Eastern Conference – in 2010-11.
The Canadiens have won five of six at home against the