Flames Update: Flames return home and rest up
Each week of the season we start a new Flames Update page.
It includes Calgary Flames news, notes, quotes and anecdotes updated throughout the week with information from practices, games and morning skates.
Below is the Flames Update For the Week Beginning Dec. 17, 2007
Flames return home and rest up
The Calgary Flames returned home Wednesday and took a well deserved day away from the rink. After finishing their six-game road trip with a perfect score, Flames' Head Coach Mike Keenan decided the boys needed a day to themselves after spending the last 11 days on the road, grabbing 12 points in that time frame.
"They put a lot of work in and, as you know, we've had a lot of travel," Keenan told the Calgary Sun following their win on Tuesday night. "They need a break now. They need to go home and get some rest, see their families."
The Flames clean sweep ties the club with three other NHL teams, who have won six consecutive games on the road. The Calgary club joins the 1971-72 Boston Bruins, the 1982-83 Philadelphia Flyers and the 2001-02 Detroit Red Wings.
"We got ourselves out of a hole -- that's what this road trip did for us," added Keenan, who recorded his 600th victory as a head coach in the NHL Sunday.
The Flames will return to the ice tomorrow to practice for their matchup with the Dallas Stars on Friday.
Iginla is the week's first star
NEW YORK -- Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla and , Dallas Stars defenseman Sergei Zubov Philadelphia Flyers right wing Joffrey Lupul have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending December 16.
FIRST STAR -- JAROME IGINLA, RW, CALGARY FLAMES
Iginla scored a League-leading seven goals, including a pair of game-winners, as Calgary (16-13-5, 37 points) won four consecutive road games. He scored the game-tying goal at 19:50 of the third period in a 2-1 shootout victory over the Florida Panthers Dec. 11 and notched three goals, including the game-winner, an assist and a +4 rating in a 9-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning Dec. 13. The Flames captain went on to score one goal in a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Dec. 14 and tallied his second four-point game of the week (two goals, two assists) and the game-winner in a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues Dec. 16. Iginla leads the Flames and ranks second to Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier in the NHL scoring race with 48 points (23 goals, 25 assists) in 34 games.
Primeau has returned
Flames forward Wayne Primeau made his return to the line-up after missing 25 games with a high ankle sprain when he dressed for the Flames 5-3 win over St. Louis on Sunday.
That still leaves D Rhett Warrener and F David Moss nursing similar injuries.