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Game Primer: Flames wrap up Preds series

by Sue Palanki / Calgary Flames

Regular Season
Iginla 47 19 36 55
Cammalleri 46 25 22 47
Langkow 47 16 21 37

Record: 29-14-4
Season Series: 3-0-0
Last Five: 3-2-0

vs. Colorado Avalanche

Season Series: 0-3-0
Last Five: 2-3-0

Regular Season
Dumont 47 9 26 35
Erat 44 12 21 33
Weber 46 14 18 32

Predators vs. Flames
7 p.m. MT
Pengrowth Saddledome
TV: Sportsnet
Radio: The Fan 960

The Flames could be bringing out the brooms when they attempt to sweep the Nashville Predators at the Dome on Friday night. Calgary is 3-0 against the Preds this season, and started 2009 with 3-2 victory in Nashville.

Both Curtis Glencross and Daymond Langkow netted goals and Craig Conroy got his 500th career point on an assist to Todd Bertuzzi who wristed the game winning goal with 23 seconds left in the third.

Overall, Nashville hasn't faired well against the western Canadian teams. They are 0-3 against Calgary, even with the Oilers at 1-1, and were 0-3 against Vancouver until they snapped that streak on Wednesday with a 5-3 win at GM Place.

Vancouver was up 3-1, but Jason Arnott, J.P. Dumont and Martin Erat all rallied with three power play goals in a row. David Legwand closed the book with an empty-netter with 54 seconds left on the clock.

The Preds would like to add another win to their belt as they are gunning to be a playoff contender. Even though Nashville is placed at 14th in the Western Conference with 45 points, all of the bottom feeders have a fighting chance of clinching the seventh and eighth place spots in the final stretches of the season. With Minnesota, Edmonton, Dallas, Columbus and Vancouver all tied with 51 points and LA and Colorado at 47, all the teams are separated by 2-3 wins.

Calgary is sitting pretty in third place with 62 points and a healthy lead over the rest of the Northwest Division. Adding another win would just further the gap between them and the current second place Minnesota Wild.

"Life’s good when you’re a front runner," Mike Cammalleri said. "You can work on getting better and you don’t have to worry about every single point, every shift or every puck…you can work on improving and challenging yourself and work as a team and it’s a pretty fun way to come to the rink every day."

Every fantasy hockey team owner is grinning right now if they own Cammalleri on their team. With his 11 goals in the last seven games, he leads the team with 25, and is heading for a new career-high (his highest so far is 34 in 2006-07). He’s been the latest hockey buzz especially since he could be an unrestricted free agent post-season.

"I don’t think that’s on his mind right now…he’s playing very relaxed and he’s not worrying about contracts," Craig Conroy commented. "Right now he’s focused in getting the team into the playoffs cause that’s his ultimate goal."

Cammalleri has nine goals and 14 career points against the Preds. He recorded two assists during the November 6 contest in Calgary.

After this matchup, the Flames have a couple days off during Super Bowl weekend. They hit the road to Denver and face the Colorado Avalanche on Monday to avenge their 6-2 loss on January 18 at Pepsi Center.


For the Flames…

Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla is only 13 points away from being the Flames all-time leading scorer. He currently sits in third and seven points behind Al MacInnis at third place. He scored his first All-Star goal in Montreal on Sunday, and scored his first goal of ’09 against Columbus on January 21. He has one goal and seven assists in his last five games.

For the Preds...

Jason Arnott

Jason Arnott leads the team in points versus Calgary. He has three goals and two assists this season and overall 15 points (ten goals, five assists) as a Predator. He notched his 800th career point against Vancouver.


Calgary 5, Buffalo 2
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Flames were able to pull out a big win with a huge third period as they scored three goals in the final frame to take a 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night. Calgary opened a two goal lead on the strength of a Michael Cammalleri power play marker, and a Dion Phaneuf shot in the second that handcuffed Ryan Miller. Buffalo responded with goals by Drew Stafford and Tim Connolly to knot things at 2-2 after two. Todd Bertuzzi broke the game open with his second consecutive game winning goal when he beat Miller going high on the short side to give the Flames a 3-2 lead. Michael Cammalleri scored his second and third of the night to earn his second hat-trick of the season, and his first on home ice. He has now scored 11 goals in the past seven games. Miikka Kiprusoff continues to pace the NHL in wins with his 29th of the season making 25 saves on the night.
The Flames outscored the Sabres, 3-0, in the third period of their 5-2 win over Buffalo. Calgary has scored at least one third-period goal in each of its last 14 games. It's the Flames' longest such streak since 1992, when they scored goals in the third period in 17 consecutive games (Oct. 31-Dec. 7).

Power Play:2/5 (40%)Penalty Killing : 4/5 (80%)
Shots:Calgary: 43,Buffalo: 27

Todd Bertuzzi needs three power play goals for 100
Craig Conroy needs seven games for 900
Jarome Iginla needs seven goals for 400 and six points to pass MacInnis for 2nd on Flames All-Time list
Daymond Langkow needs eight points for 600
Matthew Lombardi needs four assists for 100
Dion Phaneuf needs ten games for 300
Andre Roy needs two games for 500
Cory Sarich needs seven assists for 100
Coach Mike Keenan needs three wins to pass Pat Quinn for 4th in all-time wins


Jim Vandermeer was a healthy scratch in the last two games, but he may return to the lineup tonight if Curtis Glencross is out. Glencross missed Thursday's practice to get his foot examined after a minor injury during Wednesday's game.
Brandon Prust (jaw) and Wayne Primeau (foot) are expected to return in February, and Rhett Warrener (shoulder) is out indefinitely.

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