Few things have gone right for the Calgary Flames this season. In danger of missing the playoffs for a fourth straight season, the Flames are more likely to trade off some big names this season than to reach the postseason. One of the few positives in recent weeks has been a successful power play that has four goals in three games. Depending on perspective, the Flames have either won two of their last three games or they’ve lost four of their last six games.
Jiri Hudler has scored a power play goal in each of the Flames’ last two games, a positive sign after he was pretty quiet in the previous four games. Jay Bouwmeester added a power play goal in Monday’s loss to the Dallas Stars, and Alex Tanguay scored with the man-advantage in last Wednesday’s win over the Detroit Red Wings. The Flames have the eighth best power play in the league, but it may be too little too late for the team, as they sit 14th in the Western Conference and face a fairly tough schedule the rest of the way.
While Hudler, Bouwmeester and Tanguay have had a good run lately on the power play, Dennis Wideman and Mike Cammalleri have been the Flames’ special teams MVPs all season. Wideman has two goals and eight assist on the power play, while Cammalleri leads the team with four goals and eight points with the man-advantage. Calgary has a great match-up Thursday night with a Nashville Predators team that has struggled on the penalty kill, but will face a streaking Columbus Blue Jackets team that has the league’s fourth-best PK unit on Friday.