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Game Day Preview: Wings at Flames

Barry Melrose, interviewed on ESPN News last night, was asked by whoever the heck the anchor stuck on ESPN News was, about the "hottest team in the league". Melrose said, "Calgary is playing..." The anchor, clearly shaken, said, "No Barry..I mean Detroit." Melrose stammered out a few sentences about defense, Hasek and Luc Robitaille all playing well for the Wings, then said they're not going anywhere unless Datsyuk and Zetterberg perform well in the playoffs. Then he started giggling and moved on to the Flames. Well, in three weeks when ESPN discusses hockey again perhaps they'll look back to tonite to settle the "who's the hottest team debate." Because both are on fire, so to speak. Calgary is riding Mikka Kiprusoff, while the Wings have decided not to let anyone bother Hasek.

Steve MacFarlane/Calgary Sun

Darren McCarty says his former team has a bit of a new look to it but the club is still solid, especially on the back end.

“That’s where it starts,” said McCarty, who won a Stanley Cup with Hasek and the Red Wings in 2002.

“It’s that old adage you win championships starting from your net out.”

That said, McCarty feels the Flames can end one streak and continue their own by getting to Hasek early and often.

“The reason that he’s playing so well, I think he’s only facing 20 shots a night. A lot of guys can play well doing that,” said McCarty.

Wacky reading for your game-day enjoyment:
Calgary Sun Game Day
Calgary Herald: Flames Riding Kiprusoff During Hot Streak
SI: Wings/Flames Preview

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com