NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, March 6th
(All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (39-19-6) at Carolina Hurricanes (33-27-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Olli Jokinen made a big splash in his first game with the
Flames and will try to stay hot as Calgary visits the Carolina Hurricanes in
tonight's interconference battle at RBC Center.
On Thursday, Jokinen celebrated his first game as a Flame with two goals as
Calgary pumped in four first-period scores to help subdue Philadelphia, 5-1,
at Wachovia Center.
The Flames made the biggest deal at Wednesday's trade deadline, acquiring
Jokinen and a third-round draft pick in 2009 from the Phoenix Coyotes for two
players and a conditional first-round selection.
Mike Cammalleri picked up a goal and two assists while Jordan Leopold and
Craig Conroy also tallied for the Flames, who have won six of their last seven
games and are leading the Northwest Division by 10 points over Vancouver.
Jarome Iginla and Curtis Glencross both picked up two helpers and Miikka
Kiprusoff stopped 35-of-36 shots, extending his league-best win total to 39.
Tonight marks the third segment of a season-high seven-game road trip for the
Flames, who are 17-11-2 as the visiting team this season.
The Hurricanes were involved in a three-team deal at the deadline and wound up
re-acquiring forward Erik Cole, who is expected to be in the lineup tonight.
Carolina dealt forward Justin Williams to the Kings for forward Patrick
O'Sullivan and a second-round pick in the 2009 draft. Carolina then sent
O'Sullivan and its own 2009 second-round draft selection to the Oilers in
exchange for Cole and a fifth-round pick in 2009.
Cole makes his return to the club which he called home for the first six years
of his NHL career. The 30-year-old was dealt to the Oilers in the offseason in
a deal which saw defenseman Joni Pitkanen come to the 'Canes. In 63 games with
Edmonton this season, Cole registered 16 goals and 27 points.
The Hurricanes hope bringing Cole back into the fold can help the club get
back into the postseason for the first time since winning the franchise's only
Stanley Cup in 2006. Carolina is currently tied with Buffalo for the ninth
seed in the East and is just three points behind a trio of teams for the
conference's final three postseason berths.
Carolina has won two of its last three games and is coming off Tuesday's win
over Southeast Division rival Washington. Patrick Eaves scored two goals,
including one of Carolina's two short-handed tallies, as the Hurricanes
dominated the first-place Capitals, 5-2, at Verizon Center.
Matt Cullen had the other short-handed goal for Carolina, and added a pair of
assists. Eric Staal scored on a penalty shot, and Chad LaRose posted a goal
and assist for the Hurricanes.
Cam Ward turned aside 39 of the 41 shots he faced in the win.
Carolina has a 17-13-1 record as the host this season and has won its last
three home tests.
Calgary has won three straight against the Hurricanes overall and has a win
and a tie in its last two trips to Raleigh.
03/06 10:40:26 ET