NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, February 28th
(All times eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (33-21-5) at Calgary Flames (33-17-7), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The top two teams in the Northwest Division clash tonight
when the first-place Calgary Flames welcome the Vancouver Canucks to the
With 73 points, Calgary is two ahead of Vancouver and three up on the third-
place Colorado Avalanche. Overall, first and last place in the division are
separated by a mere 10 points.
Calgary won three straight games before the Olympic break, toppling San Jose,
Anaheim and St. Louis.
The Flames come out of the break with a rested goaltender in Miikka Kiprusoff.
The Finnish netminder, who is tied for the league lead with 29 wins, opted out
of the Olympics to rest his sore hip.
Calgary, which is 20-5-3 on home ice, begins the post-Olympic run with five
straight games at the Saddledome.
Vancouver, meanwhile, went 5-3-0 in its final eight games before the break.
The team did suffer some casualties during the Olympics, as defensemen Sami
Salo (shoulder) and Mattias Ohlund (ribs) sustained injuries and will be out
of the lineup tonight.
The Canucks hope for a boost down the stretch from twins Daniel and Henrik
Sedin, who are fresh off winning the gold medal with Team Sweden. Both players
were in Stockholm for a celebration on Monday, and will likely be out of the
Vancouver, which is 13-16-2 on the road, begins a three-game trip this
Calgary is 4-2 against Vancouver this season, but the Canucks have won the
last two affairs.
02/28 10:41:01 ET