Monday, April 03, 2006

GameDay: @ Calgary (42-24-8, 92 Pts) 9:00 ET

Sorry about the lack of updates this weekend. A friend of mine was in town and I wasn't able to watch yesterday's game because of that and schoolwork. I recommend heading over to Abel to Yzerman for a good take on it, though. Tonight is the fourth of four games between these two teams this season. The Flames lead the season series 2-1, with wins November 16th (3-1) and December 1st (3-2). The Wings' last win against Calgary came in the third game of the season, October 9th, a 6-3 decision at home. The Wings are coming off a 3-2 win over Minnesota yesterday afternoon. Tonight's game will wrap up a packed section of the schedule that had them playing four games in five days, beginning in Nashville Thursday night (4-3 W)and continuing with a game at home against Chicago (4-2 L). Yesterday's win officially locked up the Central Division for the Wings, who now can focus on clinching the Conference lead. They have an eight point lead on Dallas currently with 110. Manny Legace started yesterday so I expect Chris Osgood will be in net tonight. Mathieu Schneider is not with the team, having stayed back in Detroit with a "lower body" injury. Apparently, it's not serious but he obviously isn't planning on playing soon. Brett Lebda was brought up to play in his stead, though he may sit tonight in favor of Cory Cross. The Flames have won their last three, their most recent of which was a 4-1 decision over Edmonton on Saturday. They are currently in third place, though the race in the Northwest Division is still close and they have by no means clinched the lead. Our old buddy Miikka Kiprusoff will be in net tonight, most likely doing his usual good job of keeping the puck out of it. The Wings went into Minnesota and tore up the league's best penalty kill, scoring two power play goals (2-for-4) and winning once again on the road. One more road win and they will tie the 98-99 New Jersey Devils for most road wins in a season with 28. Tonight seems to be a good opportunity to do it, I think.


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