2nd "home" game of the season. So excited and can't wait for tonight. Really hope Boyd is on his way up with Aucoin back in, but haven't heard anything yet. Need a big win tonight to give us some breathing room for the division.
I did want McElhinney to start, but these next two games are important and wins are needed so I'm expecting to see Kipper start the next two.
Man I am excited to see the game tonight. Good to hear that Aucoin is back in. This is a big game. As others have said this would give the Flames some breathing room in their aspirations for the divison crown. Lets go boys.
Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the recall of forward Warren Peters from Quad City of the American Hockey League. Additionally, defenseman John Negrin was assigned to Quad City.
Once again the Flames have their own destiny firmly in their CCM gloves. The Oilers and the Avalanche did them a huge favour this weekend, beating Vancouver in both games not only giving back the lead in the NorthWest Division, but also with a game in hand. With a win tonight and tomorrow in Vancouver our heroes can finally clinch up the pennant. Which, of course, has been the stated goal from day one. To me this is the most exciting this season has been as we are now down to the final week of regular season hockey. To know that these two games are so vitally important to the Flames makes me tingle with all sorts of anticipation and excitement. It should be that way for the boys themselves as well.
Now we come to the scary part. We are still without Regehr, Sarich, and Giordano on defence. Bourque is still questionable and as such we are fighting for the division with a seriously depleted team. Not that this should be an excuse. We still have a mighty powerful offensive squad with Iginla, Bertuzzi, Jokinen, and Cammalleri. Tonight they need to be scoring. And hitting. Time to buckle down and play the type of hockey that garnered forty four wins. Kipper also needs to be spectacular, especially with the injuries to the blue line.
A note on the lines, this is my best guess as the injuries and call ups/send downs are all over the place. I think this is pretty accurate, but please donít quote this as fact. Until the Flames do clinch the division, I expect that Kiprusoff will be starting.
Player to Watch
Olli Jokinen. He hasnít scored yet on home ice and poor Beezley is desperate to bellow out his name at the Dome. Well Beez, I expect you to make that call tonight.