NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, February 22nd
(All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (30-22-5-3) at New Jersey Devils (31-17-11-1), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames, involved in the stiff competition for
a playoff spot in the Western Conference, try to halt a two-game losing streak
today when they visit the New Jersey Devils at the Meadowlands.
With 68 points, the Flames are tied for sixth in the West with Dallas -- one
behind Nashville and one ahead of Los Angeles. In the conference race, only
three points separate fifth and ninth place, meaning that five clubs are
fighting for four spots. Calgary has not made the playoffs since 1996.
On Saturday, the Flames were dealt a 2-1 setback in Ottawa. Martin Havlat's
early third-period goal lifted the Senators to victory.
Jordan Leopold scored the lone goal for the Flames, who have dropped back-to-
back contests on the heels of a four-game win streak. Roman Turek turned aside
22 shots in the loss.
Calgary captain Jarome Iginla had his five-game point streak snapped in the
match. He had six goals and two assists during the tear.
The Flames, 14-11-1-2 on the road this season, will visit Colorado on Tuesday
to end a five-game trip.
New Jersey, meanwhile, is 3-1-1 in its last five tries, including Saturday's
7-3 pounding of the rival New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Scott
Gomez tied a career high with five points to lead the rout.
Gomez had two goals and three assists for the Devils, who remain six points
behind Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division race. His line combined for 11
points as Patrik Elias registered two goals and two helpers while Brian Gionta
tallied once and assisted on another. Turner Stevenson recorded the other
marker for New Jersey, which surpassed its season-high scoring output by two
Gomez has chipped in two goals and seven assists in the past three games
Martin Brodeur stopped 26 of the 29 shots he faced for the win as New Jersey
continued its domination of its Hudson River rival, improving to 22-2-13-1 in
the last 38 regular-season meetings. Brodeur returned to the net after taking
a night off during Thursday's 3-1 loss at Washington.
The Devils, who are sixth in the Eastern Conference with 74 points, open a
three-game stand tonight and will invite Buffalo to the Meadowlands on
Calgary swept two meetings from Jersey last season, but the clubs are 2-2-1 in
the last five clashes overall. The Flames have won in three of their last
four trips to East Rutherford.
02/22 10:07:09 ET