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Scouting the Competition: 29.03.10

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

Flames vs. Coyotes, Wednesday, Mar. 31, 7:30 p.m. MST at the Pengrowth Saddledome, Sportsnet West & The FAN 960

Lee Stempniak

WHO IS HOT: Lee Stempniak has really found his groove in the 12 games he's played as a Coyote. Since coming over from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Stempniak has collected 12 goals and a +9 rating. In comparison, he played 64 games in Toronto, garnering just 14 goals and a -9 rating. Over his last five outings, he's scored five goals and six points.

WHO IS NOT: Captain Shane Doan has had a terrific season in the desert but over the course of his last five games, the veteran has slowed down offensively. He's picked up just two assists and six shots on net in that span.

LEADING SCORERS: Wojtek Wolski has been an incredible late-season addition for the 'Yotes and is currently leading them in scoring with 22 goals and 59 points in 74 games played this season. Doan trails him in the scoring race with 17 tallies and 53 points in 76 games. Rounding out the top three is former Flame Matthew Lombardi. The speedy forward has scored 16 goals and 50 points.

GOALTENDING: Ilya Bryzgalov has been a tower of strength for the Coyotes this season, going 40-19-5 with a 2.28 GAA and a .921 save percentage. Backing him up is Jason LaBarbera who is 7-4-1 with a 2.16 GAA and a .928 save percentage.

INJURY UPDATES: F Scottie Upshall and D Kurt Sauer are listed on the injured reserve.


Flames vs. Avalanche, Friday, Apr. 2, 7:30 p.m. MST at the Pepsi Center, Sportsnet West & The FAN 960

Milan Hejduk

WHO IS HOT: Milan Hejduk has provided the Avs with timely offense consistently this season and the 34 year-old has been kept that up over his last five games. He has points in four straight games (2 g, 2 a) and has fired 18 shots on net in his last five contests.

WHO IS NOT: After being the hottest player in the league for awhile after the Olympic break, Chris Stewart has cooled down. In his past five games, he has just three points (1 g, 2 a) and while he did get an assist in the Avs 4-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, he was a -3 on the night.

LEADING SCORERS: Center Paul Stastny leads the Avs offensively with 18 goals and 73 points in 75 games played. Stewart is right behind him with 28 goals and 61 points in 70 games and rookie Matt Duchene holds on to the third spot with 22 tallies and 52 points in 75 outings.

GOALTENDING: Craig Anderson has been carrying the load for Colorado this season, playing in an astounding 66 games. He's gone 36-23-6 with a 2.60 GAA and a .919 save percentage. His backup is Peter Budaj who is 5-4-1 this year with a 2.28 GAA and a .925 save percentage.

INJURY UPDATES: Forwards Brandon Yip, David Jones and David Koci are all on the Avs injured reserve.


Flames vs. Blackhawks, Sunday, Apr. 4, 1:00 p.m. MST at United Center, Sportsnet West & The FAN 960

Patrick Sharp

WHO IS HOT: While Patrick Sharp has had a bang-up season, he's really picked up his game lately. The Winnipeg native has four points in his current four-game point streak and put 21 shots on net in his last five games. He's also been extremely responsible, taking just a single minor in the Hawks last five contests.

WHO IS NOT: Sniper Marian Hossa comes into the week on a bit of slide. The right winger has a single goal and two helpers in his last five games and has been held pointless in his last two. Hossa has potted four goals in his last 10 games.

LEADING SCORERS: Patrick Kane leads the Hawks in scoring with 28 goals and 82 points in 74 games. Blueliner Duncan Keith is in second with 13 goals and 66 points in 74 games while Sharp is third in the Chicago scoring race with 23 goals and 63 points.

GOALTENDING: Netminding duties have been split this season for the Hawks. Cristobal Huet has gone 26-14-4 with a 2.50 GAA and a .895 save percentage while Antti Niemi is 20-6-3 with a 2.25 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

INJURY UPDATES: The Blackhawks come into the week relatively healthy. They have no players on their injured reserve. D Kim Johnsson has been sidelined for seven games with a concussion and it is unclear if he'll return in time for Sunday's game.

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