Record: 35-18-6 Season Series: 1-1-0 Last Five: 4-0-1
Record: 30-24-6 Season Series: 1-1-0 Last Five: 3-1-1
BLUE JACKETS LEADING SCORERS
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The Flames start a three-game home stand against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night with a bittersweet note.
Last week, they tallied five points with two road wins over the Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild and earned a point in a shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks. With that came a slough of injuries and the loss of some key players including Rene Bourque, Mark Giordano, Daymond Langkow and Andre Roy. As a result, Jamie Lundmark and Kyle Greentree were called up from the Quad City Flames to fill in the gaps.
Calgary came through on Saturday when Matthew Lombardi scored the game-tying goal with 65 seconds left against the Oilers. The game was forced to a shootout where Todd Bertuzzi redeemed himself a hero with the lone goal putting the final score 3-2 at Rexall Place. The win put the Flames eight points ahead of the second place Vancouver Canucks who had notched a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs that same night.
The last time Bertuzzi scored the winning goal in a shootout was when the Blue Jackets last paid a visit on January 21. Mike Cammalleri tallied two goals, and Jarome Iginla and David Moss also netted one goal apiece giving the Flames a 5-4 victory.
Calgary is 7-0-2 at home against the Blue Jackets in the last nine contests. Columbus is also Miikka Kiprusoff’s easiest opponent posting a 1.93 career GAA against them.
Columbus starts a three-game western Canadian tour with Calgary as their first pit stop. The Jackets are 6-1-1 in their last eight games with their last match-up against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday at Nationwide Arena. Rick Nash had a goal and an assist, and former Flame Kristian Huselius also scored, but it wasn’t enough as the Ducks beat them 5-2. Columbus goaltender Steve Mason has the best goals-against-average in the West right now with 2.17. He faced 13 shots on goal against the Ducks—the lowest number in franchise history.
The team will have two new players in the lineup including Chris Gratton who was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay, and Aaron Rome from their AHL affiliate, Syracuse Crunch.
The Blue Jackets are currently holding on to the sixth place spot in the Western Conference with 66 points—two points behind Vancouver and have a shot of making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history if they can keep a positive momentum until the end of the season.
The Flames have two more home games this week against the Minnesota Wild and Tampa Bay Lightning.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
For the Flames…
Matthew Lombardi was the NHL's Second Star last week after tallying eight points in his last seven games. He now has nine goals and 19 assists this season and continues to be a strong center in the Flames second line. With all the recent injuries, Coach Mike Keenan is changing things up by having Lombardi on the same line with Todd Bertuzzi and Kyle Greentree.
For the Blue Jackets...
Despite the loss on January 21, R.J. Umberger had a busy night against the Flames. After he scored the first goal for the Blue Jackets, he was boarded by Dion Phaneuf and knocked to the ice for a good 30 seconds. He rebounded later and scored a power play goal. Umberger is third in scoring for Columbus with 33 points.
PREVIOUS GAME Calgary 3, Edmonton 2 (SO) Saturday, February 21, 2009
The Flames went a perfect 2-0 on their road trip with a 3-2 come-from-behind shoot out win over their provincial rival Edmonton Oilers on Hockey Day in Canada. Erik Cole opened the scoring at 12:26 of the first period, and it took Calgary 24 minutes to respond when Jarome Iginla buried his 22nd of the season after a great pump fake and pass from defenseman Cory Sarich for the perfect feed to Iginla in the slot. Ales Hemsky restored the Oilers lead 1:46 into the third period, but Calgary would reply with the game tying goal with just 1:05 left in the third when Matthew Lombardi roofed one top shelf over Roloson's shoulder. After a scoreless overtime, Todd Bertuzzi scored the lone goal in the shoot out as Miikka Kiprusoff shut the door on all three Oilers shooters.
Todd Bertuzzi needs three power play goals for 100 Jarome Iginla needs four goals for 400 and seven points to become the Flames all-time leader Miikka Kiprusoff needs seven wins for 200 Daymond Langkow needs three points for 600 Eric Nystrom needs one game for 100 Dion Phaneuf need seven points for 200 Cory Sarich needs one assist for 100
Daymond Langkow (hand) and Andre Roy (concussion) are listed as day-to-day. Mark Giordano (shoulder); Rene Bourque (ankle), Wayne Primeau (foot) and Rhett Warrener (shoulder) are out indefinitely.