Wednesday, November 16, 2005

GameDay: @ Calgary (11-7-2, 24 Pts) 8:30 ET

Tonight is the second of four games between these two teams this season. The Wings won the first game 6-3 October 9th, which came at the end of an early road trip for the Flames.

Detroit is 3-1 in their last four games, winning three straight but dropping their most recent game, a 4-1 decision with the Canucks on Sunday. It was the Todd Bertuzzi show, as the big forward scored a hat trick and completely dominated on his home ice. It was the first of a Western Canada road trip for the Wings, a trip that wraps up tomorrow night in Edmonton. The Wings have only lost once on the road this season (Sunday).

The Flames have won 7 straight and have torn up the Northwest Division in the process as five of those games were against divisional opponents. This run follows a bit of a choppy start for the team that made the Cup Finals in 2004. They were 4-7-2 after a loss in overtime to San Jose on October 29 but they've turned their season around and now Tom Benjamin is repeating that he thinks they are the team to beat in the West (and joining the Detroit-will-fail herd).

Manny Legace will make the start and look to rebound from Sunday's game, hopefully with the help of his defense this time. Our friend Miikka Kiprusoff will make the start for the Flames.

Defenseman Jason Woolley could make his return tonight, the papers are reporting, after sitting out 10 games with a groin pull. (Freep)

This Flames team is obviously not going to be as easy a pushover as they were in the first game. The Wings can play with the Flames, it will just be their toughest test so far this season.


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