“The #4 Predators hosting the #12 Flames”
Flames are winners of 4 straight and are 6-1-3 in their last 10 games, while the Preds are losers of their last 2 and are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games. The Flames will be in tough against a team who has only lost 4 home games all year and always work hard in every single game. While only being a couple points out of a playoff spot the Calgary Flames will need to continue to push ahead and play each game like it is a must win for them.
Keys for the Flames will be to keep the effective power play as of late a factor tonight as well. The all-star break lay-off could benefit the club but could also interrupt the Flames recent work ethic and fortunate bounces. Being on the road for the first game back is a blessing in my opinion as the club came together a day earlier to travel and get their hockey minds back.
Other Flames news includes Kotalik reporting to Abbotsford and hoping to get his “scoring” touch back while he is down there. Many are assuming we now have seen the last of Ales and unless he decides to go back to Europe next season the AHL will be his home for next season as well. Also this move and the Conroy situation shows to me that Feaster is committed to giving younger guys a chance and keeps them hungry. With the trade deadline approaching we all wonder what Jay Feaster will do but until the team is out of the playoff run or well into the playoff picture, no big significant move will come. Feaster has stated on many occasions that the core will not be moved and that he wants 7 draft picks come draft day! With only having 5 picks right now, I believe Feaster will try to secure a couple more draft picks before June.
GO FLAMES GO