Record: 25-12-4 Season Series: 2-0-1 Last Five: 4-1-0
Record: 16-22-3 Season Series: 0-2-1 Last Five: 2-3-0
BLUES LEADING SCORERS
Flames vs. Blues 7:30 p.m. MT Pengrowth Saddledome Sportsnet (HD) and The Fan 960
After two back-to-back games ending with 5-2 victories, the Calgary Flames had a couple days off and two days of practice to refocus on the next five games before the All-Star break.
They defeated the last place New York Islanders in the East last Thursday, and are hosting the St. Louis Blues who are dead last in the West on Tuesday at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
For St. Louis, it could be all bad news to face Calgary in the last game of their three-game road trip. The Flames have won all three matchups including an overtime win against the Blues this season, and have won five straight games at home.
The Blues fell to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday with a 2-1 loss, and continue to have some of their top players including Paul Kariya, Andy McDonald, and Eric Brewer on the IR.
Both teams’ strengths lie in their special teams. The Flames are fourth in penalty killing, and the Blues have the seventh best power-play unit in the league. Although, one may not have guessed that when they were zero for five against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. Blues coach Andy Murray described his team’s performance as “terrible” in a post-game interview.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Murray hasn’t been too pleased with his goaltenders either and it’s questionable on who will be the netminder tonight. Duties have been shared by both Red Deer native Chris Mason and Manny Legace with Manny starting the last three. While the Blues lost on Sunday, he did pick up a win against the Vancouver Canucks stopping 18 out of 22 shots on Friday. Legace might be the wiser choice as his record against the Flames is 4-5-0 with a 2.79 goals against average versus Mason’s 3.68 and 2-3-0 record.
The Flames head to San Jose on Thursday to face the Sharks for the third time this season before coming home to meet the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
For the Flames…
Clearly, Daymond Lankgow is the hottest player on the Flames right now. He got a goal and two assists during last Thursday's game registering his first three-point game. He has a team high seven game point streak with six goals and six assists.
For the Blues...
Patrik Berglund is tied for 2nd among NHL rookies in points with 25 and tied for fourth in goals and assists with 12 and 13. He was recently named to play in the NHL's YoungStars game during the All-Star break in Montreal.
NOTEWORTHY A special tribute will be made to Daryl (Doc) K. Seaman before the game. The Flames co-owner who was instrumental in bringing the Atlanta Flames to Calgary, passed away on Sunday. He was 86. Funeral services will be held on Friday.
Mikael Backlund reported to Kelowna on Sunday to finish the rest of the season with the Rockets. Backlund, selected 24th overall in 2007, is coming off a big week - he played in the gold medal game at the world junior championship and made his NHL debut against the Islanders.
PREVIOUS GAME Calgary 5 New York Islanders 2 Thursday, January 8, 2009
The Flames set a new season high with their sixth consecutive home win after a 5-2 decision over the New York Islanders. Flames 1st round pick in 2007 Mikael Backlund made his NHL debut registering 10:44 in ice time, and a few solid chances at his first NHL goal. Cammalleri, Bourque, and Langkow each scored their 15th of the season, while defenseman Adam Pardy registered his first career NHL goal. Curtis Glencross added his 8th of the season, and Adrian Aucoin picked up a pair of assists to pace the Flames offensively. Islanders goals came from Jeff Tambellini, his second of the season, and Trevor Smith netted his first career NHL goal. Kiprusoff made 24 saves on 26 shots for his 25th win of the season.
Power Play:1/5 (20%)Penalty Killing : 6/6 (100%) Shots:Calgary - 41New York Islanders: 26 Attendance:19,289
FLAMES MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Todd Bertuzzi needs three power play goals for 100 Both Dustin Boyd and Mark Giordano need four games for 100 Jarome Iginla needs eight goals for 400 Matthew Lombardi needs eight assists for 100 Cory Sarich needs eight assists for 100
Both Todd Bertuzzi (back) and Jim Vandermeer (ankle) are day-to-day and expected to return to the lineup soon. Brandon Prust (jaw) and Wayne Primeau (foot) are also expected to return later this month, and Rhett Warrener (shoulder) is out indefinitely.