The Calgary Flames have been Jarome Iginla’s team for more than a decade now, as their captain has led them in scoring each and every season dating back to 2000. With Iginla struggling to find the back of the net in the early goings of the 2013 season, several other players have stepped up to help. Veteran winger Alex Tanguay is experiencing an offensive resurgence and leads the team with three goals and six points.
Tanguay may not still have the skills to be a point-per-game player like he was during the 2003-04, 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, but he has stepped in for the Flames this season when others have been lacking. Now in the third season of his second stint in Calgary, Tanguay will try to build on two solid seasons as the Flames try and move out of the Northwest Division’s basement. He scored 13 goals last season, 22 the season before and is on pace for 20-25 goals this season. Curtis Glencross, the third member of the top line with Tanguay and Iginla, has three goals and five points this season. Iginla has four assists on the season and gets to face the Detroit Red Wings tonight, a team he has had a great deal of success against in the past.
Iginla’s slow start is troubling and the Flames also began the season without newly acquired forward Jiri Hudler. Since returning, Hudler has two goals and five points in three games and will lead the Flames against his former Red Wings teammates Tuesday night. Iginla isn’t the only Flames star off to a rough start either: goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has a 1-3-2 record with a 3.42 goals against average.