He's a Jackman-of-all-trades

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:34 AM ET

Special teams haven’t been all that, well, special for the Flames this season.

Their powerplay is ranked near the bottom of the league, and their penalty killing lingers right around the middle.

But the man-advantage has been clicking lately.

Earning a pair of powerplay goals in a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators Monday night at the Saddledome, the Flames accomplished something they’ve done just four other times this year.

Multiple man-advantage markers last came Dec. 16 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“There was urgency on it,” said Flames head coach Brent Sutter. “We shot the puck. We were around the net battling. You want to move the puck quick and want to get pucks to the net.”

Tim Jackman has found himself in an unusual position the last few games, playing with Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay, Brendan Morrison and Mark Giordano on the top unit to give the Flames a big body in front of the net.

“He knows to get to the net. He knows to battle in front. He knows to get to loose pucks and he does it hard,” Morrison said of Jackman.

“Anything you tell him to do, he does it 100%. But he also thinks the game. Even though he’s a so-called crash-and-banger, he does make nice plays to keep the puck alive. Where some guys would panic, he does make plays.”

Like the pick he made to set up Morrison’s insurance goal in Monday’s third period.

“He’s just got to tip the puck in now,” Tanguay said. “He’s really hungry for the puck. He wants it ...

“He’s been a good addition to (the powerplay). I won’t give him too much credit, so his head doesn’t swell.”

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