Friday, February 02, 2007
7:00 p.m. MST
Chicago @ Calgary
- Chicago is back in town tonight for the first time since the Flames beat the 4-1 on November 22nd, followed by Chicago beating the Flames in 4-3 in overtime in Illinois.
- The big news for tonights game is obviously the retiring of Mike Vernon's number 30. I used to have a Mike Vernon t-shirt that I wore all the time back in the early 90's and have always thought he was a solid goaltender, but not necessarily a great one. Of course, when you throw in the fact that he is only 5'9" and he did as well as he did, that really has to count for something. As Matt over at the BofA notes, he may not have the wins record of some goalies such as Fuhr (who was noticeably helped by the Oiler offence), but he did win two cups with two different teams. I'm sure that this is just the first in a series of Flames number retirements over the next few years, including MacInnis and Fleury.
- I don't have too much else for this game, beyond noting that Huselius is still on his point scoring streak, the longest one in the NHL at this point.
Prediction: 4-1 for the Flames. Goals by Huselius, Iginla (2), and Moss for the Flames, Bondra for the Blackhawks...