If you miss Miikka Kiprusoff’s display tonight, do not despair.
According to the Calgary Flames coach, Kiprusoff will also get the start Friday against the visiting Anaheim Ducks.
After that? You’re not likely to ever again see No. 34 on Saddledome ice.
"I think (fans here) are showing their appreciation to Miikka every game he’s in," Bob Hartley said Wednesday morning. "They love him. Where would the Calgary Flames have been without Miikka Kiprusoff in past years? We have unbelievable fans here. They’re treating us with lots of class. We can feel the love. We can feel the support.
"So I don’t think it’s in the last two games that they will show their appreciation. They already did — and they will keep showing their appreciation.
Meanwhile, the Flames face a team, the 20-15-7 Detroit Red Wings, that is clinging to the final post-season berth in the Western Conference.
This, to Hartley, is a fantastic scenario.
"Like the commercial, it’s priceless," said Hartley. "It’s great because we’re playing teams that are fighting for a playoff spot. So you know that they’re going to put their best players in every possible situation. We’re going to match it with some youngsters and it’s going to be interesting to see how they react. Imagine a Ben Hanowski or a (Sven) Baertschi or a (Roman) Horak . . . tonight, they’ll face (Henrik) Zetterberg, they’ll face (Pavel) Datsyuk.
"This is a big ‘wow’ in their career. It could be a big eye-opener also."
C-NOTES: The Flames signed Swiss G Reto Berra to an entry-level deal. For Berra, part of the return from St. Louis in the D Jay Bouwmeester trade, the one-year contract is worth $1.38 million.
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