College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
Toronto’s partner in the Sunday morning fireworks is in action tonight as the new look Calgary Flames welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to the Saddledome. Gone are former all star defenceman Dion Phaneuf, Frederik Sjostrom and prospect Keith Aulie – coming back are forwards Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers and defenceman Ian White. Calgary sits in the eighth spot in the Western Conference (tied with Detroit) and was in desperate need of change. Saturday night they beat their provincial rival the Edmonton Oilers 6-1 to snap a nine game losing streak – a stretch where they were averaging 1.6 goals per game. Three of the ex-Leafs should impact the Flames immediately and instantly make the team better – statistically. Hagman (20G) only trails Jerome Iginla (24G) for the team lead in goals, while Stajan is second on the team in points (16G/25A). White becomes the leading offensive defenceman with nine goals and 26 points (Phaneuf had 22 points). Defensively the Flames have been good. They’re seventh best in the league in goals allowed, so the help up front will be valuable in their second half push for the playoffs. Philadelphia, on the other hand, started the season of slowly but has really found their stride. They’ve won five of their last six, including a 2-1 Saturday night win over the New York Islanders. Forwards Mike Richards and Jeff Carter have been great for the Flyers. Carter leads the team in goals (22) and total points (47) with Richards trailing him by three points. If the Flyers can get consistent goaltending from starter Ray Emery this team should make a deep postseason run.