BLUES vs. FLAMES
When, where: 9 p.m. Saturday, Scotiabank Saddledome
TV, radio: FSM, WXOS (101.1 FM)
About the Flames:
Calgary won 50 games and finished with 107 points last season for its first Western Conference regular-season title in 29 years. Next came a hugely-disappointing five-game exit in the first round of the playoffs to Colorado. This season the Flames (10-7-2) got off to a so-so start but have perked up lately, winning four of their last five contests including a 5-2 victory Thursday over the New Jersey Devils. They are 6-1-1 at home and Saturday’s game against the Blues is Game 3 of a four-game homestand.
St. Louisan Matthew Tkachuk leads the team in scoring with 18 points (nine goals, nine assists). But Elias Lindholm is the top goal-scorer so far, with 10. Johnny Gaudreau, aka “Johnny Hockey,” ended a 12-game goal drought with goals in both of the Flames’ last two contests.
David Rittich (9-4-2) has gotten most of the work in goal with a 2.74 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.