Four hundred and ninety-five.
Some NHLers never see that many games, let alone that many consecutive games. We hope we aren't jinxing anything by writing about this, but Jay Bouwmeester, the Calgary Flames defenceman who logs mega-minutes most nights, played in his 495th consecutive game against Vancouver Saturday, tying the NHL record for consecutive games by a defenceman.
Have to hand it to the entertainment group at the Calgary Flames.
They are always looking for ways to make the in-game experience more fun for the great fans in Calgary.
They are a hard-working group, producing video for the Enmax Energy Board on game days (and for Sportsnet and for this very website).
They are also not afraid to try new things, which is refreshing. There is new music. There are new in-game promotions and giveaways. And there are new in-game videos. The latest is the Iggy Dance, and it is sweeping the 'Dome.
Fredrik Modin is asked where his career is at.
"It's right here in Calgary, right now," said the 36-year-old forward.
Acquired at the trade deadline from Atlanta for a seventh round pick, Modin has been hampered by injuries and becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Hence the question.
Modin, however, was quick to point out that he is happy to be in Calgary fighting for a playoff spot. "My focus right now is to finish this season here in Calgary and make the best of it. Whatever happens after that is not something I am worried about right now."
Just before Christmas the Calgary Flames did some math. As a team, they decided they would divide the rest of the season into three-game segments. The goal? To get four out of six points in each three-game segment.
Since that time, there have been nine segments. In six of those segments, they achieved or exceeded their goal. In nine segments the Flames wanted to collect 36 points. They collected 38.
When they began the three-game segments, the Flames were 14-18-3 and looking very much like a potential lottery pick team. Since then, they have racked up a 17-5-6 record and find themselves in the thick of the playoff hunt in the Western Conference.
Miikka is the man.
The Calgary Flames will ride their No. 1 goalie, Miikka Kiprusoff, for the rest of the season. And why not?
Kiprusoff had a minor blip in his game for about a week in December but he, as much as anybody, has played a big role in the team catapulting itslef out of the basement and into playoff contention in the Western Conference.
Is there a concern about Kiprusoff getting burned out? Perhaps. But it will, essentially, be up to the goalie to decide whether is he is tiring or not.
Calgary forward Olli Jokinen is miffed.
And so he should be after taking a deliberate knee-on-knee hit Monday from the Avs Philippe Dupuis at the tail end of the first period of the Flames 9-1 rout of the Avs. At the time, the score was 5-0. Jokinen had four points -- the first Flame to record four points in a period since Al MacInnis did it against the Oilers in 1991. His line was on a roll -- eventually finishing with 11 points. READ POST