On the Matt Stajan Scratch

Kent Wilson
December 14 2010 06:54PM

EDMONTON, CANADA - OCTOBER 16: Calgary Flames center Matt Stajan  stops with the puck against the Edmonton Oilers at the Scotiabank Saddledome on October 16, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Flames beat the Oilers 5-3. (Photo by Dylan Lynch/Getty Images)


Although the Flames have made a habit of scratching expensive defensemen this year, recently re-sisgned Matt Stajan has found himself in the stands for the last two contests. With the Flames winning the most recent game versus the Blue Jackets, it wouldn't surprise me if Stajan finds himself munching popcorn again on Thursday.

In fact, an extended winning streak during what might be the softest portion of the Flames schedule this year could potentially make what was previously the clubs de facto "#1 center" a regular observer. Hardly an ideal situation. 

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Postgame: 2 Points is 2 Points

Pat Steinberg
December 13 2010 10:29PM

EDMONTON, AB - NOVEMBER 29: (L-R) Matt Stajan , Jay Bouwmeester , Alex Tanguay  and Jarome Iginla  of the Calgary Flames celebrate a second period goal against the Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Saddledome on November 29, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dylan Lynch/Getty Images)

Yes, the Calgary Flames let a two goal slip on Monday night, but they were able to pull out two points at home.  Thanks to a Jarome Iginla overtime winner, the Flames were 3-2 winners over the Columbus Blue Jackets to give them points in back to back games.  The Flames have moved out of the Western Conference basement and get two days off before their next game on Thursday.

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Flames Scoring Chances - Game 31 versus Columbus

Kent Wilson
December 13 2010 09:49PM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20445

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Game No. 31: That's it

Ryan Lambert
December 13 2010 05:19PM

Flames: terrible! Blue Jackets: also terrible! Excitement: palpable!

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FGD: Home for a Test

Pat Steinberg
December 13 2010 02:18PM

The Calgary Flames welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight, and it starts off three straight at home for the team (7 pm, Sportsnet West and The FAN 960).  It's a real test for the Flames, as this three game stint at the 'Dome features teams Calgary "should beat"; however, that doesn't really matter if they don't beat them.  So it starts tonight against Columbus.

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