Flames this Week 25.01.09
Flames back on ice after all-star break to take on Sabres and Predators
The Flames went into the All-Star break on a high note. After losing two straight, they rebounded to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 in a shootout. Todd Bertuzzi made his return to the lineup after missing five games with a groin injury and made his presence known. He scored the lone goal in a shootout.
Mike Cammalleri potted two in the Columbus win, giving him eight goals in six games. He now leads the Flames in scoring with 22 goals on the year. Jarome Iginla trails him with 19.
While most of the Flames used their week off to relax and rest, Iginla spent part of his time off at the NHL All-Star festivities in Montreal. Iginla scored a second period goal in the game in which the East squeaked by the West 12-11 in a shootout. He also competed in the shooting accuracy portion of the SuperSkills, taking seven shots to finish. He was bested by Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin.
Calgary vs. Buffalo, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6:00 p.m. at the Pengrowth Saddledome, TSN & The FAN 960
The Buffalo Sabres make a rare appearance at the 'Dome on Wednesday night with confidence. They’re currently sitting at seventh spot in the Eastern Conference and are having a great month. They’re recorded seven wins and three losses since the beginning of the year.
Winger Thomas Vanek is having a terrific year. He leads the Sabres in scoring with 28 goals and is a one point shy of Derek Roy, who leads the club in points. Vanek has points in his last three games.
Ryan Miller continues to be solid in net for the Sabres. He has 22 wins this year, a 2.55 GAA and a .916 save percentage. He’s been particularly good in shootouts for the Sabres, going 4-1 this season.
The last time Buffalo played in Calgary was just over three years ago on Jan. 21, 2006. The Flames dominated the game, winning 4-1.
The Flames all-time record against the Sabres is 31-44-2-16.
Calgary vs. Nashville, Friday, Jan. 30, 7:00 p.m. at the Pengrowth Saddledome, Sportsnet West & The FAN 960
The Predators head into the week on a three-game losing skid and will be looking to rebound from a month that hasn’t treated them well. The Predators have only won three games in January, pushing them back to 14th place in the Western Conference.
Defenceman Shea Weber has been having a productive season. He recently made his first trip to the NHL All-Star Game, has tallied 14 goals and 32 points this season and is second on the team in points. He’s well on his way to notching career highs in goals and points. His best year was the 2006-2007 season when he scored 17 goals and 40 points in 79 games.
Goaltender Pekka Rinne led the Rookies in their 9-5 win over the Sophmores at the NHL YoungStars game this weekend. His solid performance in Montreal is mirrored in his play for the Predators. His GAA sits at 2.33 and his save percentage is .916. He’s outplayed the other Predators goaltender, Dan Ellis, and has started in four of Nashville’s last five games.
Calgary has won three straight over the Predators this season. This is the final meeting between the teams in the regular season.
The last game the Flames played against Nashville was on Jan. 1 with Bertuzzi scoring the game winner. He has five points against the Predators this season.
This Week’s Key Numbers
Mike Cammalleri’s point streak sits at six games. The forward has eight goals and two assists in the six games.
Rhett Warrener celebrates his 34th birthday on Tuesday, Jan. 27.
Matthew Lombardi needs four assists for 100.
There are 36 more regulation games left this season.