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Red Wings' top priority: win Game 3

Tuesday, 04.17.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Red Wings\' top priority: win Game 3
By The Associated Press

CALGARY, Alberta
-- The Calgary Flames were a poor road team all season, so the way they played in losing the first two games of their series with Detroit was no surprise.

To have any chance against the top-seeded Red Wings in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, the Flames will now have to be just as good at home as they were during the regular season.

The Flames host the Wings in Game 3 on Tuesday night after being beaten 4-1 and 3-1 at the Joe Louis Arena.

Calgary had the most home wins in the league during the regular season with 30, including two against Detroit. The Flames won only 13 on the road.

"Coming home doesn't count for anything," Flames head coach Jim Playfair said. "Coming home and being committed to being a hardworking team gives us a chance."

And all the adrenaline the home crowd can give the Flames won't mean much if Calgary doesn't improve on their performance in Detroit.

Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff kept those two losses from becoming blowouts, facing a total of 97 shots.

Detroit is showing no signs of their first-round swoons of recent postseasons. So far, this series has looked very much like No. 1 versus No. 8 in the Western Conference.

The Wings have been faster and in control of the puck more often.

"We've been playing the way we wanted to play, but I think we can control the game for 60 minutes even better," Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom said.

At home, Calgary will have the right of last line change, which could free captain Jarome Iginla from the clutches of Lidstrom. Iginla has two shots on goal this series.

"We do have to find ways to have the puck," Iginla said. "We're not getting the shots and they are and the big reason is they have it."

And with Detroit bottling up Iginla, Calgary needs more than a combined six shots from Alex Tanguay, Kristian Huselius and Daymond Langkow.

"Obviously I think Jarome has a lot more to give," Playfair said. "Their top players have outplayed our top players."

The Flames have to cycle the puck more effectively through the offensive zone and get more shots on Detroit goaltender Dominik Hasek, who has faced 35 in two games.

"Get pucks to Hasek from every possible angle." Playfair said. "You're not going to score on Dominik Hasek very often on your first shot.

"It's going to be second shot, your third shot. Maybe he doesn't have his stick in his hand by the time you score because you keep pounding away on it."

Hasek expects to see more rubber in Game 3.

"I think these games are going to be a little bit different and I can expect more than 20 shots," he said. "They'll be home and will be throwing everything at us, so I expect more traffic and more work for me this time."

It's difficult for Iginla to shoot at Hasek when he's on the bench watching his team kill penalties. The Flames took five penalties of in the first eight minutes of Game 2.

The Flames' lack of discipline has hampered their ability to generate momentum and has allowed Wings power-play quarterback Mathieu Schneider to tee up the puck a lot from the point.

Detroit led 2-0 after the first periods of both games. The second goals have stood up as game-winners and both came when Flames were in the penalty box.

"Put a team like Detroit on the power play, they are going to kill you every time," Flames winger Tony Amonte said.

As much as Detroit outplayed Calgary in the first two games of the series, the Red Wings know the Flames can take some momentum back with a win at the Saddledome.

"In all my years of coaching, as long as teams hold serve at home, it makes it a long series, so you're going to have to find a way to win on the road," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.

NOTES: Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr (knee) and Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi (concussion) will be game-time decisions. Bertuzzi sounded more hopeful than Regehr that he would play Tuesday

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80