Post-Game: Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

 

Chicago Blackhawks / NHL

pic via Nicole Yeary

The Calgary Flames headed east to sweet home Chicago for their final date of the truncated 2013 season. Given that it was a contest between a non-playoff squad and the NHL’s newly-crowned Presidents’ Trophy winners, there were certain expectations for how the game would go.

Would those expectations be met? In terms of the result, yes, but in terms of the effort? Not entirely.

THE RUNDOWN

The Flames stumbled out of the gate, generally getting out-chanced and out-played by the Blackhawks. Chicago out-shot the Flames 13-5 in the first and had two goals. The first came off a weird in-zone bounce, where Joey MacDonald made the first save and then the defensive zone coverage appeared to disappear. Patrick Kane snapped the puck home on a nifty feed from Patrick Sharp to put the Flames behind the eight-ball 1-0. Jonathan Toews took advantage of a beautiful rebound (and no defensive coverage) four minutes later to put the Flames down by two.

What would the team do?

Oddly, they fought back. Down two goals after 20 minutes, on the road, in a barn where they usually aren’t very good, the Flames out-shot the Blackhawks 13-12 in the second and crept back within one goal via Chris Butler’s first (and only) goal of the season. Lee Stempniak and Ben Street earned assists on a goal created on the forecheck.

The Hawks woke up and out-played the Flames in the third – let’s face it, as they should – and Marcus Kruger snapped the insurance marker home to seal the deal mid-way through the third period.

RED WARRIOR

Let’s give it to Ben Street, who had 2 shots, 3 hits and his first NHL point via his assist on Calgary’s lone (short-handed) marker. Plus, look at that head.

Honourable mention to Lee Stempniak, who also had an assist and ended the year tied with Mike Cammalleri for the team lead in points. (Cammalleri played fewer games and had more goals, so he wins on both tie-breakers, but Stempniak had a great year.)

SCORING CHANCES

(via Justin Azevedo)

 

Scoring Chance Summary

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 19:41 Toews 19 81 20 7 8 50 18 46 29 5 6 35 5v5
Away 1 17:39 Horak 65 25 29 2 17 50 10 11 51 5 6 35 5v5
Away 1 17:24 Cervenka 65 25 29 2 17 50 10 11 51 5 6 35 5v5
Home 1 10:26 Kane (Goal) 65 25 29 7 8 50 18 46 16 26 44 35 5v5
Home 1 9:58 Stalberg 65 25 29 7 8 50 19 22 58 5 6 35 5v5
Away 1 7:09 Stempniak 19 81 20 27 32 50 18 46 22 26 44 35 5v5
Home 1 6:58 Toews (Goal) 26 10 88 7 8 50 19 22 58 7 42 35 5v5
Home 1 6:30 Kane 26 10 88 7 8 50 19 22 58 7 42 35 5v5
Home 1 4:14 Saad 19 81 20 27 32 50 18 22 58 42 44 35 5v5
Away 2 19:12 Street 26 10 88 7 8 50 11 29 51 7 42 35 5v5
Home 2 17:17 Stalberg 65 25 29 27 32 50 19 22 58 26 44 35 5v5
Home 2 17:11 Stalberg 65 25 29 27 32 50 19 22 58 26 44 35 5v5
Away 2 16:36 Brodie 16 67 52 8 32 50 38 29 13 7 42 35 5v5
Home 2 11:35 Stalberg 26 10 25 27 32 50 18 46 29 7 42 35 5v5
Away 2 10:29 Hanowski 65 88 29 7 8 50 19 29 58 7 42 35 5v5
Home 2 10:05 Shaw 19 10 88 25 2 50 11 13 5 6 35   5v4
Away 2 8:10 Cammalleri 65 67 81 27 32 50 11 13 5 7 35   5v4
Away 2 7:23 Jones 16 67 52 27 32 50 19 38 13 26 44 35 5v5
Away 2 3:52 Cundari 19 81 20 7 8 50 38 46 22 26 44 35 5v5
Away 2 1:51 Aliu 16 67 52 7 8 50 19 22 29 26 44 35 5v5
Home 2 1:19 Bollig 19 67 52 7 8 50 19 22 29 26 44 35 5v5
Away 3 19:17 Stempniak 19 81 20 2 17 50 19 38 22 7 42 35 5v5
Away 3 19:15 Brodie 19 81 20 2 17 50 11 19 22 6 7 35 5v5
Away 3 19:14 Backlund 19 81 20 2 17 50 11 19 22 6 7 35 5v5
Home 3 16:17 Kruger 16 67 20 27 32 50 38 29 13 5 6 35 5v5
Home 3 13:43 Stalberg 65 25 29 2 17 50 19 29 58 7 42 35 5v5
Home 3 11:36 Toews 19 81 20 7 8 50 19 16 58 26 44 35 5v5
Home 3 9:30 Bickell 65 25 29 7 8 50 19 46 29 5 6 35 5v5
Home 3 9:14 Frolik 16 67 52 7 8 50 19 46 29 5 6 35 5v5
Home 3 8:39 Frolik 19 81 20 2 17 50 18 16 58 26 44 35 5v5
Home 3 7:48 Saad 26 81 20 2 32 50 18 16 58 26 44 35 5v5
Home 3 5:21 Kane 19 10 88 2 32 50 19 46 26 44 35   5v4

Home Team Player Summary

# Player EV     PP     SH    
2 KEITH, DUNCAN 18:14 3 5 02:01 2 0 00:00 0 0
7 SEABROOK, BRENT 19:09 9 4 01:34 0 0 00:00 0 0
8 LEDDY, NICK 20:25 9 5 01:46 0 0 00:00 0 0
10 SHARP, PATRICK 13:53 3 1 02:01 2 0 00:00 0 0
16 KRUGER, MARCUS 13:31 2 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BROOKBANK, SHELDON 17:17 2 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
19 TOEWS, JONATHAN 13:37 5 5 02:01 2 0 00:00 0 0
20 SAAD, BRANDON 14:34 6 5 00:47 0 0 00:00 0 0
25 STALBERG, VIKTOR 12:43 7 2 00:48 1 0 00:00 0 0
26 HANDZUS, MICHAL 13:33 4 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
27 ODUYA, JOHNNY 17:21 5 2 00:13 0 1 00:00 0 0
29 BICKELL, BRYAN 14:28 6 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
32 ROZSIVAL, MICHAL 19:34 6 3 01:38 1 1 00:00 0 0
50 CRAWFORD, COREY   17 12   2 1   0 0
52 BOLLIG, BRANDON 12:10 2 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
65 SHAW, ANDREW 15:48 6 3 01:59 0 1 00:00 0 0
67 FROLIK, MICHAEL 13:26 3 3 00:05 0 1 00:00 0 0
81 HOSSA, MARIAN 12:52 5 5 01:59 0 1 00:00 0 0
88 KANE, PATRICK 17:25 2 2 03:08 2 0 00:00 0 0

Away Player Scoring Summary

# Player EV     PP     SH    
5 GIORDANO, MARK 20:49 2 5 00:00 0 0 00:56 1 1
6 SARICH, CORY 20:03 4 5 00:00 0 0 01:20 0 1
7 BRODIE, TJ 15:45 6 4 00:00 0 0 01:07 1 0
10 CERVENKA, ROMAN 01:34 2 0 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 13:51 5 0 00:00 0 0 01:04 1 1
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 15:43 2 1 00:00 0 0 00:49 1 1
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 15:28 0 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
18 STAJAN, MATT 11:54 1 6 00:00 0 0 01:36 0 0
19 JONES, BLAIR 18:22 6 10 00:00 0 0 01:13 0 1
22 STEMPNIAK, LEE 18:42 6 7 00:00 0 0 00:25 0 0
26 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 20:08 4 7 00:00 0 0 02:17 0 1
29 ALIU, AKIM 16:26 4 7 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
35 MACDONALD, JOEY   12 17   0 0   1 2
38 STREET, BEN 14:38 4 1 00:00 0 0 00:22 0 0
42 CUNDARI, MARK 15:45 4 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 19:36 4 8 00:00 0 0 02:20 0 1
46 BANCKS, CARTER 15:36 2 5 00:00 0 0 01:13 0 1
51 HORAK, ROMAN 12:34 3 0 00:00 0 0 00:34 0 0
58 HANOWSKI, BEN 13:49 1 10 00:00 0 0 00:44 0 0

Home Team Period Summary Scoring Chances

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 3 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 5 7 4 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 8 3 7 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Away Team Period Summary Scoring Chances

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 3 6 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 7 5 6 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
3 3 8 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

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WHY THE FLAMES LOST

Let’s be blunt here: they were playing the NHL’s best team. They fought valiantly, they scored a short-handed goal and they played a defiant scrappy game. But they probably should have lost this game, and they did.

DRAFT PICK PROGRESS

Edmonton won! They passed Calgary! If Carolina gets a point or wins tomorrow, Calgary moves up a draft pick. Similarly, if Nashville wins tomorrow, Calgary moves up a draft pick.

Worst-case, Calgary sits sixth headed into the draft lottery. If Carolina and Nashville both succeed, they can draft as high as fourth. Go Hurricanes and Predators!

UP NEXT

The 2013 season is over. What’s left is reflection on 2013 and preparation for 2013-14.

It’s Green Garbage Bag Day down at the ‘Dome on Sunday. We’ll have an extra special day of coverage for you, in the sense that I’ll be live-blogging in-between running to and from scrums. It’ll be ever-so-much fun!

 Until then.

  • schevvy

    BTW for anyone interested, if the standings stay the same, and Pittsburgh and St. Louis lose in the 1st round, the draft picks would be #20 and #25. The NHL does not reseed the draft order based on playoff position until the conference finals. So, pick 27 and 28 go to conference finalists, 29 to the Cup finalist, and 30 for the Cup winner. It’s one of the reasons I feel no shame in cheering for Iggy to win the Cup, because based on what I’ve read about the draft, the gap between 25-30 is not very big.

    • supra steve

      My understanding is that these picks will also depend on who else loses. So if all the favorites lose in round 1, plus St Louis, then that makes their pick something closer to #15. Not likely to happen, but makes it hard to say that their pick will put us at #20 or 22 or wherever until StL loses and the round they lose out in is over.

      Having said that, if they do lose in round one, their pick would land somewhere between 15th and 22nd. Then 2nd round losers pick 23rd to 26th.

      At least that’s how I have it figured out.

      • schevvy

        I asked Friedman on twitter, he probably won’t get back to me but you never know. I know last year, the teams weren’t reseeded until the conference finals

  • piscera.infada

    I really hope we get Monahan or Lindholm. I’m not sure Nurse is the guy the Flames need moving forward. I had dreams of Barkov, but I think he may even go top 2 now. And the Nischukin-KHL thing/connection always worries me.

    • Franko J

      I agree drafting a Russian player because of the non-transfer / KHL factors is sketchy.

      The Flames need to get bigger.

      Right now how the team is assembled they have very few players with a good combination of size, skill and grit. It is imperative Feaster and the rest of the Flames scouting staff are prepared and have done their due diligence with their first round selections.

      Over this past year Feaster has proven his track record for preparation and planning has been quite underwhelming. Let’s see if he can prove to me that this team can continue to draft well.

      IMaybe I’m wrong but this draft is set-up for Calgary to succeed with their 9 picks. If they fail to at the very least draft a game changing center, a big mobile D man and some wingers with good skill set speed and size then I’m afraid this reboot will take a very long time in the process back to playoff contention and respectability.

  • BurningSensation

    Holy Cow – finally some good news! The Oilers win (ha!) and Flames loss means that we can either draft Barkov (my personal favourite) or have our choice of either Lindholm/Monahan (I prefer Lindholm, but Monahan’s case is very interesting).

    In other words, no matter how this shakes out the Flames should be able to draft the high skill pivot the org has been lacking since Joe-Who AND we would be taking the exact player the Oilers need/want most.

    Good times

    That all said, Feaster and Co. may have serious man-love for Drouin or Nichushkin (and if they do I’m fine with that, either could be exceptional, Drouin has a little Patrick Kane in him, and Nichuskin is a power-winger in the Jagr mold) or Nurse (uh-oh), and draft the BPA instead of for need.

    Normally I’d be all over BPA, but this time around I think the temptation to take a center is simply too great to pass on, and the quality of the guys available where we draft is likely to be indistinguishable from the other positions.

    In other good news, the Pens should face the Rangers in the first, and St Louis has drawn LA! The Rangers are perfectly poised to be Pen-killers; The Croz and Malkin are less than 100%, and the Rangers have a goaltender who can get white-hot for no goddamn reason at all. St Louis for all their strengths is a poor matchup against the Kings who are bigger and deeper at every position except defense, where it is something of a saw-off (Doughty is the best of all D in the series, but the Blues are deeper 1-6). If Quick returns to form, the Blues could easily be out in the 1st round.

    Last but by no means least, the schadenfreude I get reading Oiler fan posts about what their win last night did to their chances of drafting Barkov has been pure bliss.

    • RexLibris

      Funny about the schadenfreude bit.

      This morning there seems to be a sense of calm over who will be available at 7th or 8th, so long as Feaster and Weisbrod are picking ahead of the Oilers.

      Looking over the draft rankings I think the Flames will be looking at one of Monahan, Linholm, Nurse or Nichushkin, assuming the top four are Jones, MacKinnon, Drouin and Barkov.

      • BurningSensation

        What I noticed in particular was that Oiler fans were screaming for Barkov to be their top pick, but now that Calgary is ahed of them, it seems highly unlikely that Barkov would be there.

        There does seem to be a similar consensus among Oiler fans that if you can’t get Barkov, one of Lindholm or Monahan is the next obvious choice.

        Nichushkin both terrifies and fascinates me.

        In 1990 the top 5 players picked were;

        1. Owen Nolan
        2. Petr Nedved
        3. Keith Primeau
        4. Mike Ricci

        5. Jaromir Jagr

        (Trevor Kidd was considered the top goaltender and likely a franchsie netminder. Sadly, that honour actually went to some guy named Brodeur taken in the 2nd).

        My point being that I could easily see Nichushkin being the guy taken at pick 5 who ends up being the best guy in the draft when it’s all said and done. The similarities between Jagr and Nichushkin are strong; both are big power/skill wingers with speed, they are beasts off the rush, have terrific shots, can stick-handle in an outhouse, both have ‘question marks’ about committment/attitude, and both are guys who can be fairly criticized for playing in a bubble.

        If the Flames were to take Nichushkin I wouldn’t be surprised or dissapointed. Would it make me nervous? Hell yes, but Nichushkin is definitely a high-end high reward prospect.

        As for the Oilers, if Barkov is off the board, I could see them preferring a guy like Nurse to Lindholm (a tad undersized), or Monahan (have to squint to see improvement over his last year because of the crap team he played on and the lack of uptick in his offense).

        Part of the issue I think is what the Oilers think Gagner is going forward. Is he a 2nd line center who can give you consistent offense and hold his own defensively? (I don’t think so) Or is he a 3rd line center on a good team who is best used against weaker opposition (ala Derek Roy in Vcr)? If the Oilers commit to Gagner the obvious weakness on the roster is on defense, and that may tip their hand towards taking a guy like Nurse or Ristulainen over a question mark center like Lindholm/Monahan.

        • RexLibris

          Lindholm and Monahan are good consolation prizes after MacKinnon and Barkov (for centers).

          Not interested in Nurse that high in the draft. Nichushkin is a player that a team with some time and talent could roll the dice on. If they had another Russian or could dangle something of interest to the young man, then the talent is worth the risk. But if a team needs a guaranteed player from this draft, he is not the best bet. You’re comparison to Jagr, if we limit it to those initial circumstances and leave out his potential impact in the NHL, is valid. Some others might see Cherepanov, though. We’ll have to wait and see.

          From everything I’m hearing, if Monahan is available when the Oilers pick, they won’t have to think twice.

          As for Gagner, I think they trade him and sign a UFA center who can sub in for Nugent-Hopkins to start the season and then slide down the order to play 2nd line.

          Gagner is not ideally a 2nd or 3rd line C. He is a great 2nd line RW playing with a fast, playmaking, defensively responsible C. The problem the Oilers are going to have in moving him is that they are selling him as a center when his value would increase if other GMs saw him play wing. What I would love to see them do is move Gagner for Gardiner, then try to swing a trade of picks or prospects for Adam Henrique.

          If the Oilers center depth for 2013-14 ran Nugent-Hopkins, Henrique, Horcoff and Lander with a prospect like Monahan or Lindholm waiting in the wings, I’d be a pretty happy camper.

          For the Flames, I see Nurse, Monahan, Nichushkin and Lindholm as the prospects ranked 5 through 8, with Zadorov, Shinkaruk and Domi following close behind. Now we ask ourselves, barring trade or lottery win, what prospect seems to be the most “Weisbrodian” of the bunch? This may sound a little odd, but given their penchant for taking players with skill irrespective of size, perhaps Shinkaruk and Domi need to enter the conversation? It’d be a mistake, in my opinion, but can we honestly say it wouldn’t happen?

          • BurningSensation

            I agree with all the above with a few exceptions;

            – I don’t think Nurse is on the radar in any way shape or form given the needs we have at forward/centre, and with Cgy having two other bullets chambered in the first, a D-man can be had later on.

            – I think Shinkaruk is in the conversation after Lindholm/Monahan, but don’t see any scenario where he is the guy we take.

            – Cherepanov IIRC was tracking very well up till his fatal accident.

            – The more I dig into it, the more I like Nichushkin. He checks all the boxes as far as Flames ‘needs’ (size, speed, talent, centre position, high ceiling, etc). Hockey’s Future and Button’s Craigslist have him in the top tier at #2.

            – FWIW, Bob Mackenzie surveyed 6 scouts who all had Nichushkin in the top 5, but only one of the six would actually use a top 5 pick on him (I’m assuming this contract/Russia related).

          • RexLibris

            I don’t know why you’re so sure the Oilers won’t take Nurse. He seems to me to be exactly what they need (aside from a center, though arguably they need a defender A LOT more).

            I don’t think there’s any way the Flames even consider taking Shinkaruk over Lindholm (or Monahan). Listening to the kinds of things the Flames have said about their draft priorities, they probably have Lindholm very close to the top of their list (they’re always going on about smart players, and that’s the biggest thing scouts are saying about Lindholm).

            Domi is another story. That seems to be more of a Jankowski deal than Shinkaruk.

          • RexLibris

            The Oilers have shied away from defensemen with their 1st round picks outside of an insurance pick (#19 in 2011 with Klefbom). Besides, as much as they need a defenseman, drafting one this year (outside of Jones) means allowing five to six years for delivery plus shipping and handling.

            Not to mention they already have Marincin, Gernat, Musil, Simpson, Bigos, Fedun, Klefbom and Gustafsson, to name a few of their defensive prospects.

            They need centers. After Nugent-Hopkins the talent dropoff is rather precipitous. The next best talented center prospect is probably Khaira who just finished his first year of NCAA is is probably on a similar development clock as Jankowski (three to five years).

            If the Flames pass over Monahan for Lindholm I think that would suit the Oilers just fine. Not that Lindholm is the inferior player, but the Oilers have been looking for a big center with good hands since they traded one to New York for Louie DeBrusk. It’s been their snipe hunt much like the Flyers looking for goaltending or the Flames for a 1st line center.

          • RexLibris

            Oh, absolutely. I fully expect the Oilers to land Monahan (or maybe Nichushkin if he falls that far and if they think he can be an NHL center). But if Monahan and Lindholm are both gone.. do they trade down to get Gauthier, or do they bite the bullet and take Nurse?

            if they were a little further down, I’d be pretty confident in them taking Ristolainen. Big right-shooting defender who can play now (except for that military service thing..)

            If the Flames shock people this year, it will probably be by taking Nichushkin. If they do, then I’ll be pretty confident in him eventually crossing the pond (after Erixon, I imagine the first question they ask potential draftees is “how do you feel about playing for the Flames?”)

        • Funny that you mention Brodeur being drafted after Kidd. Guess who gave NJ that pick for Brodeur?

          And I quote: “The Calgary Flames traded their first round selection in 1990 (20th overall), Detroit’s second round selection in 1990 (previously acquired), and Minnesota’s second round selection in 1990 (previously acquired) to the New Jersey Devils for the Devils’ first (11th overall) and second round selections in 1990.”

          Calgary took Trevor Kidd, New Jersey got some sack of crap named Martin Brodeur. GREAT DRAFT!

          Also, according to HF, Nichushkin is a centre, not a winger. Don’t know where you got that he was a winger like Jagr. That’s not a knock on you BS, I just don’t know anything about the kid.

          • BurningSensation

            I’ve seen Nichushkin listed at RW, LW, and C, depending on where I looked. Most of the time he’s listed as a winger. He played RW at the wjc, for what it’s worth.

          • BurningSensation

            It’s certainly possible that Nichuskin plays C in the KHL, but when I ‘saw him good’ it was as a winger.

            If he genuinely has the skillset to play C, then it only improves my feelings about him, since my biggest concern about taking him is that he isn’t the franchise pivot we are all craving.

            All the chatter in the hockeyblogosphere that I read is that he is considered a RW.

      • supra steve

        “Looking over the draft rankings I think the Flames will be looking at one of Monahan, Linholm, Nurse or Nichushkin, assuming the top four are Jones, MacKinnon, Drouin and Barkov.”

        Forget that, we’re winning the lotto!