GAME: Florida Panthers (14-17-9-2) at Calgary Flames (21-13-3-3).
TIME: Saturday, 10 p.m. EST.
After a successful road trip fueled by the play of Jarome Iginla, the
Calgary Flames try to end their four-game home winless streak when they face
the Florida Panthers for the only time this season.
The Flames started their three-game trip with a 5-0 rout of the New York
Rangers on Monday, getting a goal and two assists from Iginla. The 6-foot-1,
208-pound right wing then scored twice and added an assist in Calgary's 3-2 win
over the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
Iginla had an assist Thursday to give him seven points on the trip, but the
Flames saw their six-game road winning streak come to an end with a 3-1 loss to
the Chicago Blackhawks.
Calgary coach Darryl Sutter said his team looked a bit lethargic after
playing its third road game in four nights.
"We didn't have the energy level to sustain anything tonight," Sutter
said. "This is a game where your big guys have to win you the hockey game.
They had the opportunity to score, but didn't."
The Flames return to the Pengrowth Saddledome, where they are 0-3-1 since
beating the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Dec. 23.
Florida began a four-game trip Thursday, and came away with an impressive
4-3 overtime win over the Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia Flyers.
The Panthers fell behind 2-1 after the first period, then took a 3-2 lead
after two. The Flyers tied it in the third before Valeri Bure scored his 10th
goal of the season at the 2:56 mark of overtime to give Florida its second win
in a row.
Nathan Horton became the youngest player in the NHL to score on a penalty
shot and added another goal for the Panthers.
Horton, who is 18 years, 224 days old, was 38 days younger than Toronto's
Jack Hamilton, who set the record in 1944, according the Elias Sports Bureau.
"Obviously for the first 30 days it's really tough on a young kid coming
in," Horton said of his NHL debut. "You're playing with guys you watched on
TV your whole life. It's a different experience, but once you get into it, you
start feeling like you've been playing a while."