With three key veterans in Curtis Glencross, Jiri Hudler and Matt Stajan having recently returned to the lineup, the Calgary Flames fans have been treated to an offensive burst over the past two games.
Friday night in Calgary saw the Flames succumb to the Nashville Predators 6-5. The Flames had less than 24 hours to regroup, as they traveled north to take on the Edmonton Oilers in the Battle of Alberta. No one, NO ONE, could’ve foreseen the merciless beating the Oilers would receive at hands of their bitter, provincial rivals as the Flames left victorious thanks to an 8-1 pummeling.
Having used a variety of forward lineup combinations and call-ups over the past month or so, the Flames have received welcomed news with Glencross (ankle), Hudler (lower-body) and Stajan (personal) all back in play for head coach Bob Hartley.
Despite only getting two of a possible four points from the back-to-back, Flames fans have to be impressed with the output of 13 goals in two games from the NHL‘s 21st-ranked offense. The impact of Glencross, Hudler and Stajan, who have been playing on the same line together, cannot be overestimated; Glencross notched a hat-trick in Edmonton while Hudler and Stajan combined for two goals and five assists over the two games.
Combining this two game, offensive delight with the fact that the Flames have now won four of their past six games, it appears Calgary could be picking up a little momentum heading into the final three weeks of the season, for better or worse.