Last week, the Calgary Flames started off on a good foot with a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche but fell twice in two days to their rivals, the Edmonton Oilers. Both losses saw the Flames fall short by one goal, a fact that has been a sore spot for players.
"I think we all are pretty frustrated right now with the outcome," said winger Mike Cammalleri
. "It is a results-driven business and we're here to win hockey games."
A positive note from last week is Todd Bertuzzi. The off-season acquisition has been a force to be reckoned with. Bertuzzi scored his fifth goal in five games on Saturday night. He’s second in points only to Daymond Langkow, who has a goal and five assists this campaign.
This week, the Flames will host the Capitals and head out on a brief two game road trip.Calgary vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m. at the Pengrowth Saddledome, TSN & The FAN 960
In 39 games played against Washington in the Saddledome, the Flames have been the dominant team. Their 24-8-7-0 record should help boost Calgary’s confidence as they head into the game with the energetic Capitals.
The last home win for the Flames over the Capitals was on March 26, 1998.
|Todd Bertuzzi |
Washington has had a solid start to their season, winning three of their five games so far. One of those wins came against Flames northwest rivals, the Vancouver Canucks. The Capitals had a commanding 5-1 victory and chased Roberto Luongo out of the net.
The Flames will have to watch out for both Alex’s from Washington. While Alexander Ovechkin is usually seen as the Capitals biggest threat offensively, his teammate Alexander Semin has been making the most noise in Washington this season. The left-winger has 10 points in five games. His six goals and four assists have given him a strong lead in the Capitals points race. Ovechkin currently has three points this season.
Last time the two met was on March 12, 2008 in Washington. The Capitals picked up a 3-2 win with Ovechkin scoring the winner.Calgary vs. Nashville, 6:00 p.m. at the Sommet Center, Flames PPV & The FAN 960
Calgary and Nashville split their season series last season with two wins apiece. The two will play each other four times again this season and while Calgary will be trying to improve on last year’s split, they may run into a tougher Predators team than in previous years.
The Predators have won three of their six games and look like they are solid contenders for a playoff spot this season.
Points leaders J.P. Dumont and Shea Weber, with seven points each, have started their year with momentum. The future looks particularly bright Weber. The 23 year-old defenseman has already potted three goals. He had six in 54 games last season.
Dumont has been the Predators leading scorer against the Flames. Last year he had three goals and two assists.Calgary vs. Phoenix, 8:00 p.m. at the Jobing.com Arena, The FAN 960
The Coyotes began the 2008-09 season with two wins but have given up three straight since. While the losing streak is a bit concerning for the club, most of the buzz surrounding the Coyotes is regarding their youngsters.
Kyle Turris, in his first full NHL season, has already had an offensive impact. His goal and three assists have him tied for second in points on the team. The 19 year-old centre is a great skater and has a great hockey sense. The Flames will need to keep a watchful eye on him as he can dart into the defensive zone very quickly.
|Dustin Boyd |
Another rookie who has been having a great season is Mikkel Boedker. The Coyotes first round pick in the 2008 draft has turned heads in the league already. He has two goals in five games.
The Flames won three of their four games against Phoenix last season. Jarome Iginla
was powerhouse in the series, notching five goals and three assists.
Defenseman Dion Phaneuf had four goals against the Coyotes last season. The Flames last road win against Phoenix came on March 1, 2008.This Week’s Key Numbers
The Flames took 22 penalties over a three game stretch last week, including six in the second period on Friday night’s loss to Edmonton.
Calgary sent 17 shots at Mathieu Garon during the first period on Saturday. That’s more than any other period this season. Edmonton only had three shots during the first twenty minutes of the game.
Todd Bertuzzi has five goals in five games.