Game Day: Calgary at Detroit - GAME
TWOCalgarypuck Playoff Coverage 2004
Marc CiampaIf you're the Calgary Flames, what do you do for an encore?
April 24th, 2004
Having already stolen home ice advantage away from the Detroit Red Wings,
they have an opportunity this afternoon (1:00 p.m. MT, CBC/ABC) to take a
commanding 2-0 series lead heading back to the Pengrowth Saddledome. But if
you're Darryl Sutter how do you prepare your team for what will be a jacked up
Detroit Red Wings squad, determined to avenge Thursday's defeat?
FLAMES KEYS TO SUCCESS:
- Faster start: Miikka Kiprusoff saved the Flames in the first half of
Thursday's game before Calgary finally got their legs. Chances are, if they
come out flat again today the Red Wings will capitalize.
- Patience: One thing that worked to perfection Thursday was that the Flames
didn't panic when Detroit was all over them early. The patient style of game
eventually paid off with the overtime victory.
- Play with the lead: An early goal could get the Red Wings second-guessing
themselves with the chance that the Flames just might escape Detroit up 2-0.
Curtis Joseph has owned the Flames throughout his career but what might make
him especially difficult to beat today is his record in afternoon games (1.48
GAA, .944 save percentage)
Also, his record this season following losses was
EVERYBODY SHOULD KNOW...
With 13 different goal scorers in these playoffs, the Flames have the most
spread-out offence of any team. Only five Flames (Iginla, Clark, Gelinas, Simon,
Saprykin) have more than one goal and only Iginla has more than two goals.
Detroit has ten different goal scorers in the playoffs. Only Brett Hull (two
goals) and Robert Lang (three goals) have more than one.
Calgary: Dean McAmmond (back) and Steve Reinprecht (shoulder) are both
out for the rest of the season. Dave Lowry (abdomen) and Denis Gauthier (leg)
are out. Toni Lydman (upper body) and Chris Simon (leg) could return later on in
Detroit: Dominik Hasek (groin) has been out since December. Other
injuries include Niklas Kronwall (leg), Jason Woolley (back) and Mark Mowers
(foot) all out for this series.
Detroit's record in overtime is now 2-10 in their last 12 games, dating back
. The Flames have won back-to-back overtime games. Previous to that,
they had lost eight in a row in playoff OT dating back to 1991
Ray Whitney is
a -4 so far in these playoffs, with only one goal scored
Rhett Warrener has
the lowest plus/minus rating on the Flames at -3
Calgary's average payroll is
$1,468,394 while Detroit's is $3,482,885. Detroit's average age is 32 with 20
players over the age of 30
Detroit was a very good bounce-back team during
the regular season, with an 11-4-4-1 record following a loss (2-0-0-0 following
an overtime loss)
Detroit's all-time record when falling behind a series 1-0
is 14-23 (.378)
Calgary's all-time record when leading a best-of-seven series
1-0 is 5-1 (.833) with the only loss coming in the 1986 Stanley Cup Final
"You've got to focus. You've got to take each game whatever is thrown at
you, whether it's lots of shots or not a lot of shots or traffic or whatever.
I've been in both situations where you've faced a lot of shots and not a lot of
shots, and you have to take whatever is given you, whatever game is being played
out there, you've got to be able to play." - Red Wings goaltender Curtis
Joseph on staying in the game when not facing a lot of shots.
"The game-winner in overtime was a turnover down low, a poor read and
then bang-bang play from behind the net. It was a very difficult play for the
goaltender to stop, and it was top corner, too. Curtis was good, and Calgary
found a way to win this hockey game." - Wings coach Dave Lewis on the
"We knew we had to weather the storm early, and that's what we did. We
knew we were going to be tired. That showed, but at the same time, we showed the
grit to hang in there in the first period. You're going to play against stars
that are older than you. You have to find a way to earn your respect, and many
of those guys did that starting with tonight. We respect them a ton, but we
can't let them affect the way that we play." - Darryl Sutter on game
Calgary leads best-of-seven series tied 1-0
Apr. 22: Calgary 2 at Detroit 1 (OT) Calgary: Regehr, Nilson (Kiprusoff 29
shots, 28 saves) Detroit: Lang (Joseph 18 shots, 16 saves)
Detroit won the season series this year 3-1-0
Nov. 4: Detroit 3 at Calgary 0
Feb. 26: Detroit 2 at Calgary 1
Mar. 3: Calgary 1 at Detroit 2
Mar. 16: Calgary 4 at Detroit 1
1978 Preliminary Round (Red Wings win 2-0)
Apr 11 Detroit Red Wings 5 at Atlanta Flames 3
Apr 13 Atlanta Flames 2 at Detroit Red Wings 3