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Mike Cammalleri’s Current Hot Streak Is Great News For Calgary Flames

Calgary Flames Cammalleri

Jerome Miron – USA TODAY Sports

Don’t look now, but things may finally be turning around for the Calgary Flames. The Flames have three wins and seven points in their last five games and should be getting top goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff back soon. The Flames have now pulled their season record to 8-8-4 and could be on the playoff bubble with another two or three wins. Veteran forward Mike Cammalleri has been heating up in the past week, which is a great sign for a Flames offense that has struggled at times this season.

Cammalleri had two big goals in a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, his seventh and eighth tallies of the season. He also had a goal Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche and an assist Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild. His current hot streak started Feb. 24 with a goal against the Phoenix Coyotes and he continues to shake off a slow start for the Flames this season. Cammalleri scored 11 goals and added eight assists in 28 games for the Flames last season after coming over in a trade from the Montreal Canadiens. He now has 16 points for the 2013 season, good enough to tie captain Jarome Iginla for second on the team in scoring (and trailing only Alex Tanguay). Although he is usually utilized as a winger, Cammalleri is currently centering Curtis Glencross and top prospect Sven Baertschi on the third line. Glencross had six goals in the first 12 games of the season, but has just one since then. If Cammalleri’s hot streak continues, he can hopefully bring Glencross along for the ride and help get the Flames back in contention for the postseason.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL blogger for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JKatje or add him to you network on Google.