The Calgary Flames will play their last home game of the season Friday night, and it will be an emotional night for fans as it is likely their last chance to see goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff in action. Kiprusoff has been the team’s top goalie for the past nine seasons, and holds nearly every franchise record for his position. It seems all but guaranteed that the veteran netminder will retire at the end of the season, and while this season has been a disappointing one for the Flames they could score a surprising win against the Anaheim Ducks given the emotion that will be in play this evening.
Kiprusoff has struggled this season, recording only seven wins while posting a career-worst 3.53 goals-against average and a .877 save percentage. He missed nearly a month with a groin injury, and the team struggled even more in his absence. Kiprusoff has won 318 games in his 12-year career and has 44 shutouts.
The Flames continue to play spoiler in the final weeks of the season, winning three of their last four games and dealing a blow to the playoff hopes of the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. A broken finger will keep top defenseman Dennis Wideman out of tonight’s game, but look for the team to turn in a huge effort to help their star goaltender go out on a positive note. After tonight’s game, the Flames will play their last four games on the road with tough match-ups against the Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks still looming.