“Game of the Night” is a feature that takes a daily look at the best game on the NHL schedule, and sets it up for you. So y’know, you should probably watch the game below. This is brought to you by the Werner Ladder Company (check out their hockey vid here), because how else do you think the bulbs in the red goal light get changed?
BLUE JACKETS (13-14-7) at FLAMES (13-15-5)
TV: FS-Ohio; SNET-West
Last 10: Columbus 5-2-3; Calgary 4-6-0
Columbus Blue Jackets AT Calgary Flames
Columbus Blue Jackets: 13-14-7 (last 10: 5-2-3)
Calgary Flames: 13-15-5 (last 10: 4-6-0)
…. …. Um… I’ve already done an Anaheim/Chicago one, so… YEAH.
Columbus smoked them 5-1 last time they played.
Puck drop: 9:00 p.m. EST
Need to know:
* BREAKING: This is the second Jarome Iginla-less game in a long, long time for the Flames.
* Columbus went on a nice little streak not long ago…but have since dropped three straight.
* The Flames have won eight straight games at home. I know, I know, wrap your head around that.
* Cammalleri is coming off a two goal game, and will basically need to that every night for Flames to make playoffs.
Injuries (via NHL.com):
Columbus put forward Brandon Dubinsky (lower body) on injured reserve, where he joins Derek Dorsett(season-ending shoulder surgery). Nick Foligno missed the game in Edmonton with an undisclosed injury. … The Flames report no injuries.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Steve Mason (confirmed)
— Jeff Rimer (@jrimercbj) March 29, 2013
Calgary Flames: Mikka Kiprusoff (uncomfirmed)
What I’m looking forward to:
I’m not usually the type of person who likes to see others suffer, but I am interested to see what becomes of the Flames in the wake of Iginla’s departure. Should we expect to see a full mail-it-in? Is the team going to rally? Are players going to be trying super hard for the right to get traded? I have no idea what to expect.
I normally wouldn’t watch a game, but for some reason, like a trainwreck, I can’t look away.
The panic of not having a star player tonight will put Flames in “we all have to play well to have a chance” mode, and they’ll win.
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