Nation World HQ
January 10 2012 11:04PM
There have been a number of games this season where the Calgary Flames have played some pretty decent hockey only to catch a few bad breaks and come out on the losing end of things. On Tuesday night, the Flames managed just 14 shots on goal against the New Jersey Devils, yet came out on the winning end of things by a 6-3 score. Some shoddy goaltending and good fortune helped them along to their seventh straight win on home ice.
January 10 2012 10:30PM
January 10 2012 07:10PM
Flames can up their home win streak to 7 tonight, although they will face a stiffer test than the Minnesota Wild. New Jersey isn't quite an upper echelon club, but their top two lines are concern. Sutter will have to pick one of Parise/Kovalchuk or Elias to worry about, meaning at least one of the Devils trios is going to spend a lot of time against Brodie/Sarich and one of the Flames lesser lines. That's a problem.
On the other hand, Brodeur is no longer the best goalie in the league. In fact, at 40-years old, he's not even middling anymore. If he has a bad night, the Flames can win this one. If not, it's going to be a tough one.
Nation World HQ
January 10 2012 11:28AM
Fresh off an important 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night, the Calgary Flames continue an important four game homestand tonight. Tonight they play an opponent that has no bearing on their playoff fortunes, so winning this one in whatever fashion is the most important thing. For the only time this season, Calgary takes on the New Jersey Devils (7:30 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960).
January 09 2012 09:33PM
I've done something like this already this season, but it's time for another article praising Mikael Backlund.
It seems ridiculous on it's face to sing the praises of a forward who has scored six points in 28 games this season. That's about an 18-point pace over a full 82-game schedule, or approximately what Cory Sarich managed last year.