Kipper, Smith: Shutdown Performances
(2/19/12) Both Mikka Kiprusoff and Mike Smith won again on Saturday to continue their current hot streaks, albeit by just a goal apiece. With a 2-1 win over the Stars, Smith is suddenly 7-0-0 with 2 shutouts in his last 7. Kipper took out the Kings on the road in a 1-0 snoozer, and now has his record in the last 16 games up to a whopping 10-3-3. He's now 4th in the NHL in GP and Wins. Both the Flames and Coyotes are battling for a playoff spot, which means they are both likely to ride their hot goaltenders into the post-season sunset (and dropping over the horizon is what will probably happen to both franchises if they do qualify).