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Crazy From The Heat: Blues At Calgary Flames Preview

Cal may be Van Roth, but Gary is definitely a Sam Halen kind of guy.

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The road trip chugs along to the cowtown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Flames are hungry to prove the doubters wrong - that landing a playoff spot last year wasn't a fluke or luck. They'll definitely be looking at this game as a measuring stick towards that progress. Last season the Blues did everything but take their lunch money, beating them all three games. And with a combined score of 12-2 in those match ups, I'm sure they'd like to even that up a little bit.

The Flames are another team that's getting a year better instead of just another year older. Last year's highlights were youngsters like Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, but of course the other big story was the contribution of their defensemen. Their top 3 scorers were all forwards on the same line, but then the next 4 were defensemen: Dennis Wideman, Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie and Kris Russell . Of those, Brodie is hurt and out for awhile, but they are all back and are reinforced with Dougie Hamilton, acquired from Boston this past offseason. This is one solid D corps, and they are the foundation of this team.

In net, you can probably expect Jonas Hiller for Calgary and Brian Elliott for the Blues. Hiller had the better of the two outings for Calgary, and is expected to carry the load for the Flames. The only other lineup note would be the absence of Robby Fabbri . After taking a hit in Minnesota, he's been diagnosed with a concussion and is day-to-day. That's the nature of that injury. Some might fear he's injury-prone, but it could also simply be the natural consequence of playing a 5-10, 170-lb 19-year-old against grown-ass men. I guess, really, only time will tell if he can break his streak of bad luck. One of the Scotts should draw into the lineup as his replacement, probably Upshall.

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Final Verse: The puck drops at 8:00 PM St Louis time, and the GDT should be along shortly beforehand. The TV broadcast is on FoxSports MW, and the radio call will be on:

Come pay us a visit during the game, and bring your puppy gifs. If last year is any example, we'll use all of them.

Here's a video tribute for our fellow Blues fan (for this week), @RunsOnDuncan. Her hockey affections were for sale, and we won for the week

LGB!!!