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.
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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.
January 09 2012 10:34AM
Nation Radio's first show of 2012 is top notch. We leave the WJHC behind and get back to the business of talking NHL players and prospects. We get some in-depth Leafs updates courtesy JP NIkota and James Mirtle as well as some Flames talk (eyeroll) with Kent Wilson.
January 09 2012 09:42AM
The road trips we warned you about are over, and the Flames walked away with 5 points in 7 games after 2 points in first 4, which actually isn't that bad a fate for the league's worst road team. Now they're back at home where they have 7 wins in the past 8 games, thanks most recently to their softie over Minnesota Saturday.