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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 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
11 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89