Season series: This is the first of four meetings between these teams. They split four games in 2008-09, each winning twice at home. Jarome Iginla of the Flames scored a series-high 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists). Mike Cammalleri added 3 goals and 2 assists, and Dion Phaneuf and David Moss added goals. Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff went 2-1-0 with a 3.25 GAA, and backup Curtis McElhinney posted a 0-1-0 mark with a 3.10 GAA. For the Blue Jackets, Rick Nash scored a team-high 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists), R.J. Umberger scored 4 goals, and Manny Malhotra and Jason Williams added 2 goals apiece. Netminder Steve Mason went 2-1-1 with a 1.97 GAA.
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The all-time series has been quite evenly matched.
"(The Blue Jackets are) off to a good start, and they've got some good players," winger Eric Nystrom told
"You want to make sure you're continuing to improve through Game 82 and through the playoffs. To win in this League you've got to keep getting better and making sure you're challenging yourself everyday in order to be the best team."
"It's a great road trip," defenseman Rostislav Klesla told the Columbus Dispatch. "It's a good sign we can play under pressure. The home team should have the jump, but we've done a good job taking the jump away from them early in the game."
"That's really a heck of a hockey club now, a heck of a franchise. You can see the Ken Hitchcock stamp on a lot of those young players," King told the Columbus Dispatch during Saturday's 2-0 win by the Blue Jackets in
Who's hot: Blue Jackets backup goaltender Mathieu Garon stopped 36 shots in a 2-0 win at
Injury report: For
Stat pack: The Flames are the only team in the NHL that has at least one point from everyone in their active lineup, not including goaltenders.
Puck drop: Both teams have at least two productive scoring lines and top-flight goaltenders. It could be the grinders and muckers and enforcers that settle the score in this contest.-- Rocky Bonanno, NHL.com