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Scouting the Competition: 01.02.10

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

After a whirlwind weekend, the Flames start their week with four new faces on the roster and seven days filled with unfamiliar foes. This week features all Eastern Conference opponents for Calgary so former Maple Leafs Niklas Hagman, Matt Stajan, Jamal Mayers and Ian White will have a bit of familiarity to ease to them into their first week as Flames.

Niklas Hagman

All four men expressed excitment at the prospect of playing on a team that's right in the playoff mix and are looking forward to contributing to their new club.

"I'm from the west and I played my junior out west. It’s great to have an opportunity to play at the National League level out west in a great city like Calgary and going down this playoff run and hopefully have lots of success going forward here," White commented on Monday morning.

Hagman, who has 20 goals this season, is ready to get going and prove both his new teammates and coaching staff that he's going to give his all to the team.

"First of all, I want to show my teammates that I can play hockey and show that I'll try to give everything I have for the team. Then, I want to show the coaches and the people in Calgary, the fans. First of all though, I want to show my teammates that I'm here to play with them and hopefully do good things here."

FLAMES NOTE: Jarome Iginla will play his 1000 game on Friday while Daymond Langkow celebrates the same milestone on Saturday. Jay Bouwmeester will play his 400 consecutive game on Friday, against his former club, the Panthers.


Flames vs. Hurricanes, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 7:00 p.m. MST at the Pengrowth Saddledome, The FAN 960

Eric Staal

WHOSE HOT: Since being named captain, Eric Staal has been on fire. The 25 year-old has led the way for his team on their current winning streak with five goals and seven points in his last five games. Staal leads the team in points with 18 goals and 43 points and shows no signs of slowing his torrid pace.

WHOSE NOT: Tuomo Ruutu is one of the few Hurricanes not piling on the points during Carolina's four-game winning streak. The winger has gone with a goal or assist for four straight games and has just two points in his last five. He's a -1 over that stretch.

LEADING SCORERS: Staal leads the team in both points (43) and goals scored (18). Right behind him is Ray Whitney who has 16 tallies and 41 points. Third on the list Jussi Jokinen who has picked up17 goals and 39 points. All three have been red hot over their past five games.

GOALTENDING: Starter Cam Ward has been lights out lately, picking up four straight victories. Due to the team's dismal start to the season, he is below .500 in wins (14-19-5) but that can be largely attributed to the play in front of him. Ward has a 2.70 GAA and a .914 save percentage. Manny Legace backs him up and in his 11 starts, Legace is 4-5-2. He has a 3.10 GAA and a .897 save percentage.

INJURY UPDATE: Forward Scott Walker and defenseman Joe Corvo are on the injured reserve and did not make the current road trip with the team.


Flames vs. Panthers, Friday, Feb. 5, 5:30 p.m. MST at the BankAtlantic Center, Sportsnet West & The FAN 960

Michael Frolik

WHOSE HOT: While none of the Panthers have been lighting the lamp or wracking up points at rapid pace lately, people need to keep an eye on 21 year-old Michael Frolik. The forward has avoided the dreaded sophmore slump and has given the Panthers offense at key times. He's coming off a two point outing against the Islanders on Sunday and is a +3 over the last five games.

WHOSE NOT: Steven Reinprecht may be third on the team in points but the centerman has been dry lately. He doesn't have a single point in his last five games and is a -2 in that span. The Edmonton native's last goal came on Jan. 3 against the Penguins and he's been held pointless for seven games.

LEADING SCORERS: Nathan Horton is first in team in points with 46 (17 g, 29 a) while Stephen Weiss leads Flordia in goals scored with 20. Rounding out the top three is Reinprecht who has 13 goals and 33 points.

GOALTENDING: Tomas Vokoun has been a pillar of strength for Florida. The veteran netminder has gone 19-16-7 with a 2.32 GAA and a .932 save percentage. Backing him up is Scott Clemmensen who has gone 5-5-0 this year. His GAA sits at 3.53 and he has a .888 save percentage.

INJURY UPDATE: After missing 45 games with a concussion due to a hit by Flyers captain Mike Richards, David Booth returned to the lineup on Sunday against the Islanders. Barring an unforeseen circumstances, he'll be playing against the Flames on Friday. Horton is listed on the Panthers injured reserve and is not expected to be reactivated before the Flames come to town.


Flames vs. Lightning, Saturday, Feb. 6, 5:00 p.m. MST at the St. Pete Times Forum, CBC & The FAN 960

Steven Stamkos

WHOSE HOT: 19 year-old Steven Stamkos is becoming the Lightning's go-to guy when it comes to offense and he hasn't let them down this season. Over 54 games, Stamkos has 29 goals (ranked 7th overall in the NHL) and 56 points (ranked 14th overall in the NHL) and has has picked up eight points in his last five games. He's also riding a six-game point streak dating back to Jan. 19.

WHOSE NOT: Former Flame Alex Tanguay hasn't had the season he envisioned when he signed with the Lightning over the summer. The 30 year-old only has eight goals and 28 points this season. In his last five outings, Tanguay has just a single assist and hasn't scored a goal since Jan. 19 against the New York Rangers.

LEADING SCORERS: Veteran Martin St. Louis leads the team in points with 16 goals and 59 points. Trailing him is Stamkos, who leads the club in goals scored, with 29 goals and 56 points. Captain Vincent Lecavalier rounds out the top three with 14 markers and 52 points.

GOALTENDING: The Lightning have been splitting goaltending duties between Antero Niittymaki and Mike Smith and have no defined starter. Niittymaki has gone 12-9-5 this season with a 2.53 GAA and a .916 save percentage. Smith is 10-12-6 with a 2.97 GAA and a .904 save percentage.

INJURY UPDATE: Tampa Bay doesn't have any players on the injured reserve.

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