Post-Game: Seven Straight Losses

Calgary’s losing streak has stretch to seven games following a 2-1 home loss to the Dallas Stars.

The Flames generated one goal, which is never a recipe for success unless your goalie is godly. Jonas Hiller was merely good, so the local hockey heroes limp towards Christmas trying to snap their losing string.

THE RUNDOWN

The first period featured no scoring, but both sides generated some chances. The Flames had a shift mid-way through the period where their skill players really shined brightly, with some iffy execution and nice saves by Kari Lehtonen keeping things dead-locked at 0-0. Dallas also had some strong chances that couldn’t find the back of the net, occasionally preceded by wonky defensive-zone play by the Flames defenders. This would become a theme tonight. Calgary led in shots in the first by a 9-6 margin, but Dallas carried things in terms of shot attempts (16-12) and face-off wins (11-6).

Dallas opened the scoring in the second period. The pairing of Wideman and Russell really got hemmed into their own zone for awhile, unable to clear – and when they cleared, they couldn’t get far enough into the Dallas zone to get a change. This led to an icing, which led to a scramble off a face-off. Kris Russell couldn’t corral the puck, which led to Jamie Benn bonking the puck past Jonas Hiller to make it 1-0. Lance Bouma got propelled into the Dallas bench, got mad and then took an interference penalty that oddly resulted in several Flames chances. However, Calgary soon got a power-play and were unable to create much. On the ensuing rush back to the Calgary end as the penalty expired, Trevor Daley put one past Hiller to make it 2-0. Thankfully, the hockey gods answered the prayers of the Saddledome faithful: after whiffing on several really nice passing plays during the game’s first 38+ minutes, the Flames got on the board as Mark Giordano fluttered a knuckleball from the point through some traffic and past Kari Lehtonen. The score was 2-1 after 40. Shots were even at 8-8 in the second, but Dallas generally carried play, something evident by the shot attempts (25-18) and face-offs (15-11). The Flames pushed back in the later stages of the period, as mid-way through the period they had been badly out-shot.

The Flames pressed in the third a bit, but they never really generated an amazing scoring chance. The Stars did a good job disrupting things when the Flames got momentum going, and the Flames did a fine job occasionally over-passing or otherwise double-clutching to diffuse their own opportunities. Even with their goalie pulled and a late penalty, the Flames couldn’t grab another goal. Shots were 7-5 Dallas in the third. Shot attempts were 17-15 Dallas in the third. Calgary won 10 face-offs to Dallas’ 9. The game ended with a 2-1 Dallas win.

Overall, the Stars were driving possession more than the Flames.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

Again, the usual. And not the “bounces” usual. The other “usual.” The power-play didn’t generate much, nor did the team do much at eve-strength. The Stars’ better players out-played Calgary’s better players, so Dallas won and the Flames went away empty-handed.

Again.

RED WARRIOR

In a game where the Flames got out-played, Joe Colborne was using his size pretty well. He was plus-1, had five hits and won 75% of his draws. And he was the screen on the lone goal! All in all a pretty solid game for #8 in a game where I literally had to go down the scoresheet wondering who to give this to.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 16:27 Jones 1 5 7 19 21 23 2 3 11 32 72 90 5v5
Home 1 16:03 Monahan 1 4 6 19 21 23 3 10 22 32 33 38 5v5
Home 1 15:58 Wideman 1 4 6 19 21 23 3 10 22 32 33 38 5v5
Away 1 14:55 Tip 1 4 7 21 23 32 4 5 21 32 39 83 5v5
Home 1 14:32 Byron 1 4 6 8 20 32 4 5 21 32 39 83 5v5
Away 1 14:00 72 1 8 17 20 29 33 3 11 32 33 72 90 5v5
Home 1 10:02 Glencross 1 4 6 8 20 32 2 4 11 22 32 90 5v5
Away 1 6:20 Fiddler 1 6 17 25 33 60 3 10 22 32 33 38 5v5
Away 1 1:03 91 1 5 7 8 20 32 2 6 14 20 32 91 5v5
Home 1 0:49 Colborne tip 1 5 6 8 20 32 2 6 14 20 32 91 5v5
Home 2 18:02 Jooris 1 4 6 13 24 86 4 5 21 32 39 83 5v5
Away 2 16:01 Benn goal 1 4 6 17 25 60 2 6 14 20 32 91 5v5
Away 2 12:41 Hemsky 1 4 6 8 23 3 22 32 39 72 83 4v5
Away 2 11:31 Deflection 1 5 7 17 23 32 6 14 20 32 90 91 5v5
Home 2 10:18 Hudler 1 13 24 29 33 86 2 6 21 32 39 83 5v5
Home 2 8:58 Hudler 1 5 6 13 20 24 4 10 32 33 72 5v4
Away 2 8:07 Daley goal 1 5 6 13 20 24 5 6 14 20 32 83 5v5
Away 2 6:04 Seguin 1 5 7 19 21 23 4 5 14 20 32 91 5v5
Away 2 4:56 Scramble 1 4 6 17 25 60 3 10 22 32 33 38 5v5
Away 2 4:10 Seguin 1 5 7 13 23 6 14 32 33 91 4v4
Away 2 0:45 Seguin 1 5 7 19 21 23 2 6 14 20 32 91 5v5
Home 3 16:22 Granlund 1 17 25 29 33 60 2 6 21 32 39 83 5v5
Away 3 15:50 Post 1 19 21 23 29 33 3 11 32 33 72 90 5v5
Home 3 11:16 Colborne 1 4 6 8 20 32 4 5 21 32 39 83 5v5
Home 3 10:30 Russell 1 4 6 13 20 24 4 6 21 32 38 5v4
Away 3 6:53 Horcoff 1 4 6 13 32 60 4 5 10 22 32 38 5v5
Away 3 5:27 Benn 1 5 7 19 21 23 2 6 14 20 32 91 5v5
Away 3 3:15 Eakin 1 5 7 8 19 86 2 6 14 20 32 91 5v5
Home 3 0:20 Monahan tip 5 6 13 20 23 24 4 6 20 32 38 5v4
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   10 15   2 0   0 1
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 18:04 6 4 02:59 1 0 00:24 0 1
5 GIORDANO, MARK 18:34 2 8 03:29 2 0 01:36 0 0
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 18:57 7 5 03:46 3 0 00:24 0 1
7 BRODIE, TJ 18:07 1 8 02:42 0 0 01:36 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 12:07 4 3 01:15 0 0 00:29 0 1
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 14:50 2 3 03:29 3 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 10:09 1 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
19 JONES, DAVID 13:54 3 5 02:53 0 0 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 12:23 4 3 02:14 3 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 12:16 3 5 02:53 0 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 16:38 3 7 03:21 1 0 01:01 0 1
24 HUDLER, JIRI 13:45 2 1 03:29 3 0 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 08:54 1 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 14:27 2 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
32 BYRON, PAUL 13:25 4 4 00:06 0 0 01:11 0 0
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 14:55 2 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 12:48 1 4 00:06 0 0 00:20 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 12:43 2 1 00:06 0 0 00:59 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 4 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 3 8 2 7 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 4 4 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

Flames lose! Again!

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They’re back in action tomorrow night on Hockey Night in Canada against the hated Vancouver Canucks. It’s the late game, so the puck drops just after 8pm MT on the CBC (and Sportsnet 960 The Fan).

  • beloch

    What now? Regroup, Reset? Keep rotating out Bollig for Stajan? David Jones on the 1st line? Glencross out in the last 1:45. This has got to change sometime…right? I get it, we need to stay the course, but this is beyond out of hand, some changes please!!!

  • beloch

    Johnny Hawgood Is looking more like his namesake greg every day . If you dont know who greg Hawgood is look him up on hockeydb… Fantastic stats score the in pro, awesome fire half to his rookie season … Then, well, lots of minor league all star teams …

    And Josh Jooris never got a half a point per game in the NCAA over four seasons. Who in their right mind thought he could be a regular goal scored in the nhl?

    • beloch

      Jooris……..undrafted……8 goals this year.

      Yakupov……drafted first overall……4 goals this year.

      Oh, and;

      How would Tyler Seguin have looked on YOUR team???!

      WW

      • ChinookArchYYC

        Literally, the smartest thing you’ve writen on this blog since your arrival.

        And then you initialled it . . .

        You get full marks from me anyway. Well played.

    • FeyWest

      Do you even watch the games or are you just a stats page refresher? Legit question cause Gaudreau’s been one of our most consistent players, so many brilliant setups that for some reason no one can hit the broadside of a barn with. At least 2 tonight, but whatev’s not like it matters to you.

      Gotta convert on the PP guys, getting asinine and seriously the net has to be hit on quality chances rather than off the point every time, loosen up. Shake things up Hartley.

  • beloch

    What can be said? PP has gone for sh#%, Glencross seems disinterested and should not be on the ice, Bolling is less than useless, goaltending has been less than league average, giveways, gimme goals and the scoring has dried up, equals 7 straight losses. Am I missing anything? Again, changes, anything please!!!!

  • beloch

    We better win one of the next two… I don’t want the risk of losing 10 in a row at the hands of the Soilers on the 27th.

    But honestly, this is the best thing that could have happened IMO. No crazy spend to the cap, buyers at the trade deadline lunacy.

    Top 2 pick please!

  • Chuck U Farley

    Yes joorish is an allstar. Keep him as long as you want he will regress to his level of play. Oh wait the regression. STarted seven games ago when the clumsiest goals in nhl history stopped . Ryan jones got 17 goals in the nhl and now cant find a job in hockey. Joorish is Ryan jones the second.
    Luckily for abbotsford he is waiver eligible, and when he isnt i am sure he wont have a hard time clearing waivers.

    Seguin is awesome wish he was on our team but hall is awesome too. A point per game the last three seasons just like seguin! If he wasn’t playing on a bad knee he would be there this season as well.

    Maybe if you wait long enough you can have a ppg player too!

    Yakupov doesnt have much hockey sense but when he figures out where to go he has an elite shot and will still be a 30 goal scorer. He just turned 21 last month but your right his career is over.

    Walt white… Isnt that the name of a soft core porn writer?

  • RedMan

    33 games is not a season

    27 isnt either but you guys thought a short term hot streak made you a Stanley cup contender.

    Reality is a bitch when unsustainable percentages swing the other way. At game 27 the flames were 27th in the nhl in shot differential and the oilers were 13 .

    Eakins was a brutal coach with brutal systems that killed the power and the offensive stats that come with it.

    Our season is lost i will be thrilled to get jack eichel.

    Taylor hall has had more ppg for the last three seasons than any flame not names iginla in 15 years. Just because he has been playing injured doesnt take away the fact he was a top ten point getter in the entire nhl for two seasons.

    Everybody talked about how rebuilding with high picks doesnt work then all of a sudden it does… See la kings, Chicago, islanders… Just because it hasnt worked for the oilers yet doesnt mean it never will, and every year just adds another elite player to the fold. Eventually it works, and it will work for the flames too but if you think you can accelerate the rebuild with guys nobody wanted having a hot start, well reality is a bitch and seven games later you are experiencing the mediocrity of the flames.

    • Colorado Flames

      I don’t know if I should bother debating a 12 year old. How’s that new Coach/GM doing? Or is that AHL coach your new coach? Can’t really tell the difference anymore.

      As soon as your boy Hall outscore any of the points leaders on the Flames and actually finish a shift and actually start winning in the West, you may be able to criticize.

      How’s that Norris defenceman doing for you these days? What, he isn’t leading the scoring or plus in us? Tsk Tsk

    • Colorado Flames

      Go troll the Canucks site loser. Any Oiler fan giving advice loses all credibility as their team has the worst record of any team over the past 9 years and currently sit in LAST in the NHL. There is a reason that OIlernation has 350 posts of “fans” ready to lynch their entire managment team, coaching group and roster. Esa must be getting tire of the never ending “we suck” posts and is likely suffering from PTSD so I’ll give him a pass. Seek medical attention for your issues Esa; the Oilers will “eventually” turn it around…..

    • Greg

      Edmonton’s high picks just aren’t very good compared to everyone’s high picks. They can put up points once in awhile because they don’t have to be accountable defensively. I doubt Hall is hurt, he just wants out.

    • T&A4Flames

      Taylor Hall…more ppg than any flame in the last few years…..and now he is being talked about being on the trade block because his focus may be more on his individual stats thAn on his team winning.

      And eventually it’ll work out. Great optimism. I hope you are that patient and have that kind of time. How long have teams like FLA etc been floundering? He’ll even the isle’s have only just started looking good.

      We’re still in yr 2 of a rebuild, I don’t think anyone is too upset over here.

      Go back to stroking yourself to that Taylor Hall picture hanging above your bed, loser.

  • jeremywilhelm

    What?? What?? Really you actually thought you guys had a good team? Lol!!!! Welcome back to reality Flamers! Yes you have a shitty team just like the Oilers. Don’t kid yourselfs.

    • ChinookArchYYC

      The best thing about this comment is that it’s what defines ON. The comment section is full of this kind of dribble. Zero thougt behind dozens of comments everyday.

      This actually reminded me of a labour day game game a few years ago. The bus load of Edmontonians that made trip, spent the whole game cat calling girls (young and old). Nothing clever just the same thing for 3 hours “show us your t!tz”. Classy.

  • Mullen7

    Wow there sure is a lot of miserable, bitter and envious Oiler fans out there. I guess they have been rooting for us to lose almost as much as we have been enjoying their near-decade of futility.

    • RedMan

      whats funny about the trolls is that now, instead of bragging how good they used to be and how good they are going to be soon, they instead are now content to hit us with the “your as bad as us” line…

      and what’s so funny is it that as much as the flames have struggled the last 7 games they are years of horrendous away from even getting close to Oiler bad.

  • Burnward

    Still over .500. Five game win streak changes things pretty quick again.

    Glass half full guys. They’re about who we expected them to be after these many games. Record is the record, regardless of how they get there.

    But they better beat the Canucks and Oilers.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    Josh jorris is the flamers best forward. And nobody knew who the hell he was a few months ago. You thought the re-build was over. Haha, that’s cute.

  • Colorado Flames

    Flames loose 7 in a row and are still not as bad as the Oilers… now that’s bad.

    Oilers can you please win a few games so the Flames can draft higher then you for a change?

    • Greg

      Even better, Flames lose 7 in a row and are still 16 POINTS HIGHER then the oilers!

      That’d be epic if it was end of the season, but it’s not even half over!

      These trolls are just jealous. It’s such an ugly color.

      My ideal end to this season would be we continue to look promising for the future, but still finish bottom 10, then win the lottery, and then we all collectively fart in their general direction.

    • Greg

      Exactly. The entire idea of an Oil fan trolling any one, in any league, anywhere, makes no sense to begin with.

      As for the loss, what did I say pre-game? An injection of adrenaline is needed and someone like Poirier would provide it.

      If Granlund is going to relax his effort level now that he’s ‘made the team,’ a wake-up call back to the minors should be in order – just as a little reminder of what it takes to stay in the NHL.

      Speaking of what it takes, can the Glencross supporters please stand and be counted? Seriouly, who’s supporting this guy still? He should’ve been moved in the summer when he still had some value. Seriously, BT needs to sit him down and remind him that if he wants (har!) 5.5 M x 5 years, then he should get his useless @$$ in motion, because he’s not going to get it in Calgary.

  • Greg

    I see Backs is skating again. The timing of this injury is unfortunate, as he will have significantly less bargaining power for his next contract. Management may want another short term, and he may be thinking more along the longer term line.

  • RedMan

    Oh man. The timing of all these Oilers trolls is hilarious. They all think our Playoff dreams have disappeared and now we’re all spiraling into a pit of despair.

    Not so guys, move on. The majority of us Flames fans are pretty pleased about the general direction of the team and improvements of key roster pieces. 7 games during a rebuild year is just that. 7 games.

    Best/Worst troll comments so far: “If you guys poach McDavid, I’ll be pissed”. Fundamental flaws, anyone? “And you thought the rebuild was over”, “You guys thought a short term hot-streak made you a stanley cup contender”. What?! No, nobody did. Thanks for coming out though. And the Jooris comments. He’s been pretty consistently great most games, and costs zero dollars.

    This is great. Watching the en mass delusional desperation of the Oilers fan base from the cozy domain of FN Nation is ten times better than trolling ON.

    • RedMan

      You can bet the Flames are looking forward to the two gimme’s coming up against your tender and fragile Oilers

      first time on this sight? not according to your IP…

  • RedMan

    interesting match-ups to end the year – the Oilers, Flames and Canucks all having losing streaks playing each other… will be interesting to see how this all plays out.