5 THINGS TO WATCH
1. LAST AUDITION: Game 82 represents the final shot for the 2012 cast of free agents to show off their skills to the Flames and other potential employers. So take a close look at the unrestricted pool of D Cory Sarich, D Scott Hannan, RW Lee Stempniak, C Olli Jokinen, and LW Tom Kostopoulos. Size up the restricted group that includes C Blair Jones, LW Blake Comeau and RW Akim Aliu. Decisions are coming . . .
2. SLUMP BUSTER: Calgary LW Curtis Glencross is enjoying a career season, but he somehow went 11 games without scoring a goal. The drought finally snapped in Thursday’s 3-2 win over Vancouver.
3. T.J.’S SEASON DRAWS TO A CLOSE: Calgary D T.J. Brodie is back skating with the team as he battles back from the first concussion of his career. The Flames opted not to list the rookie defenceman for the AHL playoffs, so he can concentrate on his recovery. “I feel good for a couple days, and then I try to do something and feel bad after that,” he said. “Then I have to go back and take a few days off again. Just trying to take it one step at a time.” The 21-year-old recorded two goals and 14 points in 54 games this year.
4. KARLSSON THE DOORMAN
(NOT TODAY): This afternoon, G Henrik (The Calgary Tower) Karlsson gets the nod. It marks the last chance for the skyscraping backup to get his first victory this season — an 11th-hour feat which isn’t unprecedented. In 2008-09, G Curtis Mcelhinney waited until Game 82, versus Edmonton, to bag his winter’s first win. Combined, Karlsson and rookie G Leland Irving have a record of 1-7-5. Meanwhile, G Miikka Kiprusoff, with his typical 70 appearances in the bank, finishes the 2011-12 campaign with a 35-2211 record and a 2.35 goals-against average.
5. INS, OUTS, WHAT-HAVE-YOUS: Calgary C Mikael Backlund (shoulder) skated with the team Friday, but won’t play today . . . LW Alex Tanguay and RW David Moss didn’t practise, and will not suit up . . . The Flames need to win today to be spared the indignity of being the worst Calgary team since the 200203 bunch . . . RW Jarome Iginla has produced 56 points in 59 meetings with Anaheim. RW Teemu Selanne has recorded 81 points in 70 games against Calgary . . . Calgary has clinched 30th place in faceoff efficiency . . . The Flames enter the contest 25th in hits . . . Worse news? The Flames are third in giveaways. Only Edmonton and Toronto are more careless with the puck.