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Miikka Kiprusoff could set Flames’ all-time wins record tonight

Miikka Kiprusoff

Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, of Finland, collides with San Jose Sharks right wing Devin Setoguchi, right, as he stops as shot during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


The name Miikka Kiprusoff doesn’t resonate with hockey fans like it once did. The workhorse goalie has been plugging along with the Calgary Flames regardless and that consistency could help him become the team’s all-time leader in wins today, according to Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald.

Kipper would hit the 263 regular season wins mark if the Flames beat the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. Mike Vernon is currently the team’s leader in wins. I’m always a little reluctant to praise a goalie for hitting a wins total if their losses/other numbers aren’t taken into account, but Kiprusoff has a nice 262-157-55 record in regular season games during his Flames career.

Striving for this milestone might provide an extra incentive for a Calgary club that hopes to avoid the distinction of being the last NHL team without a point this season. We’ll see if the Flames can pull that off tonight, but Kipper should be the Flames’ wins leader in the near future.

(H/T to Rotoworld.)