The Calgary Flames (2-3-0) host the New York Rangers (1-1-2) at the Scotiabank Saddledome tonight. Both teams are looking to put a win streak together and to move out of last place in their respective divisions. The Flames are looking to build off a 2-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers, while the Rangers continue their Canadian road trip after shutting out the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 on Tuesday.
This is the only meeting between the Flames and Rangers this season. The last time these two teams played was at Maddison Square Garden last season. New York won that game 2-1.
The Flames will have to find their scoring touch if they hope to beat Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Henrik, aka “The King”, stopped all 40 shots in Vancouver earlier this week and kept his team in the game even though they failed to score until the 3rd period. I suppose 4 goals in the 3rd period is never a bad thing though. The Rangers, who have also struggled to start this year are hoping to find some more consistent scoring to go with their excellent goaltending.
The Flames have had an uneven start to the season and, while I’m still shocked to say it, they will be looking to former NY Ranger, Olli Jokinen, to lead them on the ice. Jokinen has been one of the Flames most consistent players to start the season, thanks in large part to how he has changed his play and embraced “the system” that the Flames coaching staff has been preaching. Jokinen has a 5-game point streak to start the season.
Flames winger Alex Tanguay also has 5 points in his first 5 games and will be looking for another big game tonight. Though he doesn’t have a point streak going, Tanguay has been there to make plays when necessary and has supported his team as best he could through a rough start.
Puck drop is 7:30pm and the game will be broadcast on TSN and the Fan 960.