Print up those playoff tickets, the Calgary Flames are not only going to make the playoffs but they may end up with home ice advantage. The Flames on a tear of late, burned the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night, shutting them out 2-0 in front of an ecstatic, sold out Saddledome crowd.
Miika Kiprusoff registered his third shutout of the season and lowered his goals against average to a ridiculous 1.63, the best in the league. Matthew Lombardi and Jarome Iginla were the goal scorers for the Flames, scoring early in the second and late in the third period to seal the win.
Calgary in sixth place trails Dallas by one point and has climbed to within 2 points of the slumping fourth place Canucks. If they can continue their successful ways of late, they could end up with the home game advantage in the playoff round.
With eight games remaining for Vancouver, Calgary and Dallas all of a sudden the Flames look to be the favorite to move up the most in the standings. And how many Flame fans were thinking that way at the start of the season? Now the streaking Flames may be the team to watch this year!