After falling in their first pre-season game, the Calgary Flames rebounded with three straight wins last week over the Florida Panthers and Phoenix Coyotes. They are looking to continue that streak with three games left until the regular season begins.
Several players potted their first goals as Flames in the first week of pre-season action, including Todd Bertuzzi, Mike Cammalleri
, Curtis Glencross
and Rene Bourque. All four forwards contributed in the Flames dominating 8-2 victory over the Panthers on Friday.Tuesday, September 30
Calgary vs. Edmonton, 7:00 p.m. at Rexall Place, FAN 960
While the Flames are coming in on a three-game winning streak, the Oilers are trying to leave behind a so-so week of hockey.
Edmonton registered their first victory of the pre-season on Thursday with a 3-2 SO win over the Panthers and youngster Sam Gagne proved once again why he’s considered a sharpshooter throughout the league. He has scored in both shootouts he’s been in this season.
The Oilers lost their first three games, getting beaten by the Canucks twice and the Panthers once. Three of their four games ended in shootouts, mirroring last season when the club led the league in shootouts.
Lubomir Visnovsky, one of the Oilers biggest acquisitions this summer, didn’t dress for the Oilers last game so he’ll most likely be in the lineup for this game. He’s been playing alternate games so far and now that the regular season is getting closer, the team will want to get him back into top form.Wednesday, October 1
Calgary vs. Vancouver, 8:00 p.m. at GM Place, FAN 960
Offseason rust wasn’t evident in the Canucks as they won all four of their games last week.
Prospect Jannik Hansen is pushing hard to earn a permanent spot on the roster. The 22 year-old Dane was the Canucks 9th round draft pick in 2004 and has been steadily improving over the past four seasons. He’s put up three points, including the game winner in Vancouver’s win over San Jose on Saturday, in two pre-season games. He will be putting in a major bid this week to try and make the club.
The Canuck’s big offseason acquisition, Pavol Demitra, netted his first goal of the season, and his first as a Canuck, on Saturday. He will likely get a fair amount of ice time this week to help him gel with the team.Friday, October 3
Calgary vs. Edmonton, 7:00 p.m. at the Pengrowth Saddledome, FAN 960
The Flames end the pre-season with a game against their biggest rivals and if history is an indicator, it’s sure to be a physical affair.
Prospect Theo Peckham has already dropped the gloves and if he’s on the ice, he’ll be fully involved physically.
After fantastic rookie campaigns, Robert Nilsson and Andrew Cogliano are out to prove they won’t hit the sophomore slump. Both scored in Thursday night’s win and want to net a few more before the pre-season ends.
Rookie Rob Schremp is also out to make a name for himself and join the team full-time. Drafted in the first round, 25th overall, in 2004, the forward has only played three games with the Oilers but is pushing hard this pre-season. He’s looked impressive so far so he’ll want to make the most of the time he’s given to earn himself ample playing time this season.This Week’s Key Number
Dustin Boyd has been having a fantastic pre-season and currently leads the Flames in points – six in three games. The 22 year-old Winnipeg native has two NHL seasons under his belt and has said he wants to contribute more offensively this year.
Daymond Langkow turned 32 on Saturday. This summer, the centreman re-signed for four more seasons with the club.
The Flames assigned 17 players to Quad City and one player to junior. There are currently 32 players remaining in camp – 19 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goaltenders.