Watch Out, The Flames Are Bringing The Fire!

 By: Robert Melkonyan
The hot streak the Calgary Flames blazed through the recent game against the Columbus Blue Jackets let them skate into the All-Star break at the top of the Northwest Division with a record of 28-14-4 after the last game. One of the highlighters of the game was player Todd Bertuzzi, who had been out with a groin injury for the past five games. Bertuzzi swooped in and was able to scored the final shot.

Overall, the wins and losses have been a mixed bag for the Flames and with just two games left in January where the Flames will go up against the Sabres and the Predators at home, it remains to be seen if the proverbial flames will stay lit or get put out! In February, the Flames will take on the Blackhawks, Ducks, Canadiens, Canucks, Blue Jackets and Wild at home on their own ice. Other games during the month will put the Flames on the road to take the ice as visitors in games against the Avalanche, Stars, Ducks, Kings, Coyotes, Wild and Oilers.

By March, with quite a few more games under their belts from February, the Flames will continue on towards their pursuit of excellent in home games against the Lightning, Stars, Blues, Red Wings, Wild and Sharks. As with February, the Flames will take to the road and play as visitors against the Senators, Flyers, Hurricanes, Thrashers, Devils, Red Wings, Maple Leafs, Penguins and Blue Jackets.

As the 2008-2009 NHL Season comes to a close in the month of April, the Flames will take on the King and the Oilers at home; the latter of which will be the last game for the Flames on Saturday, April 11. April's away games for the Flames are against the Stars, Wild, Canucks and Oilers.

Team forwards include Todd Bertuzzi, Rene Borque, Dustin Boyd, Mike Cammalleri, Craig Conroy, Curtis Glencross, Jarome Iginla, Daymond Langkow, Matthew Lombardi, David Moss, Eric Nystrom, Wayne Primeau, Brandon Prust, Andre Roy and Brett Sutter. Team defensemen include Adrian Aucoin, Mark Giordano, Adam Pardy, Dion Phaneuf, Robyn Regehr, Cory Sarich, James Vandermeer and Rhet Warrener. Goalies Mikka Kiprusoff and Curtis McElhinney are goaltending in style. Exceptions to the current roster of active players include Primeau, Prust and Warrener who are all on the injured reserves list.

Calgary coaching stands high in the rankings as well. Team coaches include head coach Mike Keenan, assistant coach Jim Playfair, assistant coach Rich Preston, assistant coach Rob Crookson, goaltending coach David Marcoux, Quad City head coach Ryan McGill and Quad City assistant coach Scott Allen. Working right alongside coaches are athletic therapist Morris Boyer, equipment manager Gus Thorson, athletic therapist and assistant equipment manager Mark DePasquale, strengthening and conditioning coach Rich Hesketh and assistant atheletic therapist Gerry Kurly Kurlyowich. Medical staff head team physician Kelly Brett and primary care physician Jim Thorne both specialize in sports medicine. Team dentist doctor Bill Blair can't be ignored either.
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