Canucks Game Night: Old friends and foes reunited at Flames Fest

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For one, Vancouver coach Bruce Boudreau and Calgary bank chief Darryl Sutter know each other pretty well

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VANCOUVER CANUCKS

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19-19-5, 7th in Pacific Division

at CALGARY FLAMES

20-13-6, 4th in Pacific Division

This evening 7 p.m. PT, Scotiabank Saddledome

TV : CBC, Sportsnet. radio : Sportsnet 650.


WHY WATCH?

Known opponents behind the benches

Saturday’s hockey day in Canada capper marks the first meeting in a new regional rivalry for Bruce Boudreau and Darryl Sutter, two boys who have played each other many times in the past. There was a five-year overlap when Boudreau was banker in Anaheim and Sutter skipper in Los Angeles, and while the Ducks came out on top overall in those matchups (17-10-3), the Kings won the lone playoff series. Sutter’s structured approach works wonders for the Flames, and the Canucks turned their fortunes after hiring Boudreau in early December.

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POINTS LEADER

CANUCKS

1. JT Miller GP 41 G 15 A 29 PTS 44 (+4)

2. Quinn Hughes GP 42 G 2 A 31 PTS 33 (+10)

3. Elias Pettersson GP 43 G 11 A 13 PTS 24 (-1)

FLAMES

1. Johnny Gaudreau GP 39 G 16 A 35 PTS 51 (+28)

2. Matthew Tkachuk GP 39 G 20 A 24 PTS 44 (+24)

3. Elias Lindholm GP 39 G 14 A 19 PTS 33 (+27)


SPECIAL TEAMS

CANUCKS : PP 20.1% (15th) PK 68.6% (32nd)

FLAMES : PP 22.6% (11th) PK 83.3% (6th)


THREE THINGS ABOUT THIS MATCHUP

Who goes in the gate : Canuck’s goaltender Spencer Martin has become one of the NHL’s feel-good stories of 2021-22. While slightly overshadowed by JT Miller’s hat trick, the 26-year-old journeyman earned his first NHL win with 33 saves Thursday in Winnipeg. With Thatcher Demko returning from COVID-19 protocol, Martin could soon be back with the minors.

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do you remember the guy Flames star Jacob Markstrom – ex-Canucks – leads the league with six shutouts but will stew over Thursday’s lopsided loss in St. Louis. Markstrom posted a 7-2 record against his old friends from Vancouver last winter with a 2.38 GAA and a .925 save percentage when he faced his former club.

• Heaving Swedes : Canucks star Elias Pettersson starts rolling, with seven points – including five lamplights – over a six-game stretch. On the other hand, Mikael has buried Backlund in back-to-back games and is finally recovering from his own offensive doldrums.


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