NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, October 7th
(All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (0-1-0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (0-1-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The reigning Western Conference-champion Calgary Flames
shoot again for their first win of the season tonight when they visit the
Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
On Wednesday the Flames dropped a 6-3 contest in Minnesota. Marc Chouinard
netted a hat trick and Todd White chipped in with a goal and two assists to
lead the Wild in the opener.
Daymond Langkow and Jarome Iginla scored for the Flames, who fell to 11-12-10
all-time in season openers.
Stephane Yelle also scored and Miikka Kiprusoff allowed five goals on 27 shots
for the Flames in the loss.
Iginla is off and running in his quest for another piece of the Maurice
Richard Trophy. In 2003-04 he finished tied for the NHL goal-scoring lead with
Ilya Kovalchuk and Rick Nash at 41 tallies.
Calgary will continue its four-game season-opening road trip on Sunday in
Detroit before finishing up the next night at Colorado. The Flames will
finally get to hold their home opener on Thursday against Dallas.
Columbus, meanwhile, dropped a 3-2 contest to Alexander Ovechkin and the host
Capitals on Wednesday. Ovechkin scored the first two goals of his career to
Dan Fritsche netted two goals, Gilbert Brule and Luke Richardson had an assist
each and Pascal Leclaire stopped 16 shots for the Blue Jackets, who fell to
1-3-1 on opening night.
Brule was the sixth-overall selection in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft held in
Nash is nursing a high ankle sprain for the Jackets and is questionable for
The Blue Jackets will begin a four-game road trip Sunday in Chicago.
Calgary went 3-1 against Columbus in 2003-04, but the home team has won 11 of
the 15 meetings between the clubs.
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