Hello Hockey Fans,

Nystrom scores on his birthday!!! Way to go Eric.

The Calgary Flames made their shooting gallery appearances in two high scoring games against the Montreal Canadiens and the Phoenix Coyotes last week. They defeated the former by a score of 6-2 and the latter by a score of 7-5. They also succeeded in out shooting their opponents 41-23 and 45-37 respectively; scoring three shorthanded tallies. Alas, they gave up two power play goals to the Coyotes, but on a bright note, the week had been far better than the preceding one. They earned points in four games with five players having attained 2+ points on Saturday night. With this forward thrust, they proceed to meet their Western division counterparts for the upcoming three games.

Current Statistics: The Flames 33-18-5 rank 6th in the league and have played a total of 56 games. They are 20-7-3 on home ice and 13-11-2 on the road. Their power play percentage and penalty killing percentages rank 18.65% and 85.43%.

Game 57: Feb 17th – The Canucks at Pengrowth 7:30 pm Sportsnet

The Canucks have become a better team of late; they are only nine points behind the Flames and rank 5th in the western conference. With a record of 27-21-8, they have accumulated 62 points in total. According to current standings they have a marginally higher power play percentage (18.85%) and the Flames have already lost three times this season. On a positive note, the Canucks have a lower penalty killing percentage (78.35%) and their road record encompasses 13-10-4. The Flames had had more success (winning twice) during the month of November.

Game 58: Flames in Minnesota February 19th. 6:00 pm PPV

The Minnesota Wild rank 10th in the western conference and have a record of 28 wins 24 losses and 3 ties. Having accumulated a total of 59 points, they have a home record of 17-11.3. Unfortunately, their power play and penalty killing percentages excels by a margin of 20.96% and 87.11% respectively. Nevertheless, the Flames have won both the Dec 17th and Dec 29th encounters against this team.

p.s. This game will also be available on line.

Game 59: Flames in Edmonton February 21st 8:00 pm CBC

The Oilers (28-23-4) rank 18th in the league and 9th in the western conference. With a home record of 13-11-3, they have accumulated a total of 60 points. Fortunately, their power play and penalty killing percentages are marginally lower than the Flames (17.60%: 76.60%); but in the battle of Alberta, both these teams have won and lost two games a piece.

A play by play coverage for all the games between these western conference division rivals will be hosted on The Fan 960.

Statistics as of February 16th.