February 18 2012 11:01PM
We know how the Calgary Flames are doing it, but yet...we kind of don't know how. Riding the spectacular goaltending of Miikka Kiprusoff, and his fourth shutout this season, the Flames were able to use a third period goal from Mike Cammalleri to take a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings and officially move into a playoff spot for the first time this season. It's exciting to see despite another, um, punchless effort for Calgary. They've now got points in eight straight games.
February 18 2012 10:50PM
Final Score: 1-0 W
February 18 2012 07:06PM
With Calgary sitting just two points below the Kings for the final playoff spot in the West, the Sutter brothers rivalry has taken on a bit more heat. The Kings continue to be more or less the team Darryl inherited - capable defensively, but hopeless in the offensive zone. The Flames, for their part, have been getting their heads beat in in terms of zone time and such over the last month or so, but a resurgent Kiprusoff and opportunistic top line has them in the mix nonetheless.
Calgary's fortune won't last forever. Just as the percentages eventually go south on all pretenders (*cough* Minnesota *cough*) the bounces will start to go the other way eventually. The hope right now is they stick around long enough to get the club into March so they can get some of their depth back. The return of guys like Moss, Glencross, Stempniak and Backlund won't turn the Flames into an instant contender, but it will mean a much better ratio of shots for/against.
For now, here's hoping the Flames can continue to dance along the cliff's edge this evening and sour Darryl's return to the NHL just a bit by matching his new club in the standings.
Nation World HQ
February 18 2012 12:13PM
With the brother vs. brother series tied at one win a piece, the Brent Sutter coached Calgary Flames roll into Los Angeles for their third meeting this season with Darryl Sutter's Kings (8 pm, CBC and Sportsnet 960). As the Flames look to extend their point streak to eight games, they'll also try to reel in their conference rivals who currently hold the Western Conference's final playoff spot.
February 18 2012 12:49AM
"Rather than spit some outsider gibberish about what we think about the trade deadline we asked friend of the Nation Brian Sutherby - veteran of 460 NHL games and a fella who has been traded twice - what its like to go through the deadline as an NHL player.
It's kinda like cheating on a test. Why learn math when we can ask the smartest kid in the class to take the test for us? That's good thinkin' right there.
The rest of this article is all him as they say* But we take all the credit for forcing him to write it with all the threatening BBMs that we have sent that arrive in the middle of the night due to the time difference.
Classic." - Wanye