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First off, 21 year old Brendan Burke and his passenger in his car, Mark Reedy, 18, were killed in a car accident yesterday in Indiana. As Burke was younger than I am, I cannot even fathom to have my life cut short so early. A loss such as that puts all of this hockey stuff in perspective. His time may have been short, but what he had done was brave and important.

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We're having a double dose of the NW Division coming up, tonight the Toronto Calgary Flames. Normally I'd be all over this preview as I watch the Flames so much because I live in Vancouver, but right now, I can't tell you what their team plays like. Their offense is like the Leafs maybe? I can confirm that their defence is now certifiably less douchey. They have broken their losing streak and are trying to make up ground in the Western Conference with the Wings only two points back from them. The Flames won against the Panthers last night, winning 2-1.

The Lightning have won the last six of the last nine games and we're in 8th spot right now with 59 points. Stamkos has an 8 game point streak with six goals and six assists. Only 4 more games after tonight until the Olympics!

Line-up Notes:

  • Niittymaki is in net tonight
  • Former Flame David Hale has returned to the Lightning but has sustained a foot injury
  • Szczechura has cleared waivers and is assigned to the Admirals
Game time: 7:00pm ET on CBC (Alberta only - your writer is dissappointed that they will have to listen to Bob Cole call the Leafs/Senators game instead), WTOG