Calgary did better at the trade deadline than any other team. In addition to picking up a first-line center in Olli Jokinen, they grabbed D-man Jordan Leopold to add to a blueline previously defined only by the slightly scary visage of Dion Phaneuf. First game together as a line, Cammalleri-Jokinen-Iginla light up for 3 goals (two to the newbie), Leopold pops one in from the point, and frankly, Calgary would rather be in Philadelphia where left the Flyers on the short end of a 5-1 game.
Tuesday night’s game at the Rock will be a nice test of the relatively unchanged Devils (I like Havelid, solid player with experience) against the newly fanned Flames. At this point in the season, leading teams seem to get streaky; both the Sharks and Bruins have lost 3 in a row with absolutely no dependency or blame to be placed on trades. A meeting of division leaders seems to be a less charged environment than a bubble team chasing a playoff spot. Points are more valuable when you’re looking at a playoff share versus golf in April, and games against higher-ranked teams make up ground and pride.