Scouting the Competition: 10.1.10
A look at the Flames opponents this week
The Calgary Flames won't get any time to rest after claiming sole possession of the first place in the Northwest. They have a busy week ahead of them with four games on the docket, three of which will be played at home.Jamie Lundmark, just two games into his callup from the Abbotsford Heat, has been red-hot for the Flames lately. The forward picked up a goal and scored the game-winner in a shootout against the Vancouver on Saturday night. He's been playing on the top line with Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen since being recalled.
"Obviously, to come up from the minors and be playing with Olli and Iggy, it’s big for me," said Lundmark. "I’m just trying to go out there every night and do whatever I can to help the team win."
In eight games with the Flames this season, Lundmark has two goals and four points.
Flames vs. Avalanche, Monday, Jan. 11, 8:00 p.m. MST at the Pengrowth Saddledome, Sportsnet West & The FAN 960
WHOSE HOT: Callup Brandon Yip is really pressing for a permanent spot on the Avs roster. In just 10 games the NHL (all this season), Yip has notched five goals and eight points. He potted his eighth and picked up a helper against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. The 24 year-old was a 8th round (239th overall) pick of the Avs in 2004.
WHOSE NOT: Wotjek Wolski sits in second place in the Avs scoring leaders (38 points) but hasn't scored a point in six games. His last goal came on Dec. 19 against the Blue Jackets and his last assist was on Dec. 26. Wolski has amassed four points (2 g, 2 a) against the Flames this season.
LEADING SCORERS: Wolski and Milan Hejduk are tied for the lead in goals scored with 15 while Paul Stastny leads the club in points with 41 (9 g, 32 a). Stastny has been in a bit of a slump lately, only picking up two assists in his last five games.
GOALTENDING: Craig Anderson has led his club this season and it's likely he'll be in net against the Flames on Monday. He has a 2.69 GAA and a .916 save percentage and is the NHL in shots against and saves. He's faced 1219 pucks this season and has turned aside 1117 of them. He has a 21-11-5 record in his 38 games this season.
INJURY UPDATE: The Avs will be without two key players and possibly a third, depending on what Colorado doctors have to say. Captain Adam Foote left the Avs game against the Hurricanes with a ankle ailment and was flown back to Denver on Saturday to consult with team doctors. Defensemen Brett Clark (cheek) and forward Marek Svatos (groin) were placed on the injured reserve last week.
Flames vs. Penguins, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m. MST at the Pengrowth Saddledome, TSN & The FAN 960
WHOSE HOT: Even though Pittsburgh has just two wins in their last eight contests, their captain, Sidney Crosby, has been wracking up the points. He has five goals in those eight games, scoring three in his last two contests. Even when he's been kept off the scoresheet, he's been a threat with incredible hockey sense. He was named one of Canada's alternate captains for a reason and he's showing that right now as he leads his team through their current slump. He has 53 points (27 g, 26 a) in 45 games this season.
WHOSE NOT: Evgeni Malkin may be in second place on the Penguins scoring list but he's had a hard time finding the back of the net lately. He hasn't scored a goal since he recorded a hat trick on Dec. 23 against the Ottawa Senators. However, Malkin does have five assists in his last five games (three losses, two wins) so he may be getting a bit of confidence back.
LEADING SCORERS: Other than Crosby and Malkin, the Penguins have gotten big contributions from veteran Bill Guerin. Playing alongside Crosby has done wonders for the forward and he's scored 14 goals and 31 points in his 46 games. Jordan Staal has also been great for Pittsburgh. He has 13 goals and 29 points this season.
GOALTENDING: Marc-Andre Fleury may have been named to Canada's Olympic roster but he's in a bit of a slump. The Pens starting netminder has just one win his last five games. He was pulled last Thursday when he allowed four goals on 15 shots against the Flyers but rebounded nicey against the Maple Leafs on Saturday, only allowing a single goal on 43 shots. He has a 2.62 GAA and a .906 save percentage.
INJURY UPDATE: D Sergei Gonchar returned to the lineup on Saturday after suffering a lower body injury that caused him to miss four games. He scored twice on against the Leafs in his return. The Pens may be without defenseman Brooks Orpik after he left the game on Saturday with an undisclosed injury. Pittsburgh has no players on the injured reserve.
Flames vs. Predators, Friday, Jan. 15, 7:00 p.m. MST at the Pengrowth Saddledome, Sportsnet West & The FAN 960
WHOSE HOT: 23 year-old Patric Hornqvist has picked up his offensive game and has picked up six points in his last five games, five of those points coming in his last three contests. This is Hornqvist's first full season in the NHL and he's already scored 17 goals and 27 points in his 44 games with the Predators. He scored the Predators lone goal against the Flames last Tuesday.
WHOSE NOT: Jason Arnott has been streaky all season and it appears he's in a bit of a lull right now. He's only collected points in one of his last five games and has a single goal in his last 12 games. The veteran has 12 goals and 26 points in his 37 games this season.
LEADING SCORERS: Three players are tied for top spot in scoring: Steve Sullivan, JP Dumont and Martin Erat. All of them have 29 points this season but none of them lead the Predators in goals scored. That honour goes to the younster Hornqvist who has 17. Trailing him is Erat, who has found the back of the net 15 times this year.
GOALTENDING: Pekke Rinne has played in 30 games for the Predators this season and he's been brilliant when Nashville has needed him to be. He has a 17-8-2 record and has a 2.73 GAA and a .906 save percentage. He has three wins in his last five starts and is coming off a loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.
INJURY UPDATE: F Jordin Tootoo, F Jerred Smithson and F Joel Ward are all likely to miss the game against the Flames.
Flames vs. Ducks, Sunday, Jan. 17, 6:00 p.m. MST at the Honda Center, Sportsnet West & The FAN 960
WHOSE HOT: Rink rust doesn't appear to be an issue for Teemu Selanne. After missing five weeks with a broken hand, Selanne returned to the lineup on Saturday against the Predators and managed to make an immediate impact by opening the scoring for the Ducks. In 28 games, the 39 year-old has 15 goals and 22 points.
WHOSE NOT: It's hard to say Cory Perry and Ryan Getzlaf aren't producing. They are leading the team in points with 44 but neither hasn't looked like his usual self lately. He's only scored once in his last five games and has just three points in that span. Perry has a -2 rating in that span. Getzlaf is in the same position, with just three points in his last five. Given that these guys are point-per-game players, their recent offensive output relays a bit of a slump.
LEADING SCORERS: Other than Perry and Getzlaf, Anaheim is led by Bobby Ryan. He leads the team in goals scored with 20 and has 35 points in 45 games this season. Ryan has a single goal in his last five games.
GOALTENDING: Jonas Hiller has has taken away the starting job from J.S. Giguere and rightfully so. He's had to stand on his head several times this season as the Ducks have struggled throughout the season. The 27 year-old has a 15-12-2 record with a 2.78 GAA and a .916 save percentage. He heads into the week riding a three-game winning streak.
INJURY UPDATE: Forwards Joffrey Lupul and George Parros are both on the injured reserve. Neither are expected to be taken off in time for the game against the Flames.