Road Woes Need to Stop in Calgary
Last night's loss to the Vancouver Canucks was the first regulation loss in ten games for the Detroit Red Wings. At the tail end of a Western Canadian road trip, this game means a lot for a team desperately trying to improve it's away record, which currently is under 500.
The Red Wings and Flames have met twice already this season, both times at Joe Louis Arena. Calgary took the first meeting 4-1 while Detroit ran away with the second 5-3.
Looking at Calgary, they are an enigma. They have talent but can't turn it into wins. Captain Jarome Iginla can hit 500 career goals tonight with a hat trick, and with his line-mates Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencross, it isn't out of the question. The trio had a combined 12 shots on net in their last game on Tuesday.
One of the hottest Wings isn't even a goal scorer. Drew Miller has five goals in his last six games.
Injury wise, Detroit is still without Chris Conner, Jan Mursak and Patrick Eaves. Calgary is likely without Matt Stajan, David Moss, Anton Babchuk, Henrik Karlsson and top defenceman Mark Giordano. Rene Bourque is still suspended for his hit on Chicago defenceman Brent Seabrook.
The only concern for Detroit is that Ty Conklin will start tonight. He has been subpar this season, with a 1-3 record and a terrible 3.26 GAA. But, with Jimmy Howard endorsing Conklin's hard work, Red Wings fan really should give him another chance, and he'll get it tonight in Calgary.
Miikka Kiprusoff will start for Calgary.
Oh, and Mike Commodore is a healthy scratch. Bet you forgot about him, didn't you? So did everyone.