Post-Game: Power Outage

After a day that featured demotions, scratches, returns, unscratches, babies and a goaltending change forced by an injury, the Calgary Flames dropped a 3-2 decision at home to the Detroit Red Wings. It was the final game of the first half of this season, and the second straight game where the club came across a little flat.

The Flames now sit at 21-17-3 through 41 games.

THE RUNDOWN

Prior to the game, Jiri Hudler was pulled from the line-up due to his wife going into labour, replacing him with previously-scratched David Jones and basically causing the team’s lines to be a jumble all evening long.

The Flames came out of the gate with a lot of energy in the first chunk of the first period. They out-hustled the Red Wings and skated circles around them, the exact thing you’d want to do against a team that played last night – particularly if your team has had four days off. The returning Mason Raymond opened the scoring early; Raymond, Backlund and Jones entered the zone cleanly and Raymond collected his own rebound, skated around the net and tucked it neatly behind Petr Mrazek for a 1-0 lead. This lead only lasted five minutes, as Riley Sheahan calmly waltzed around Deryk Engelland and shelved a shot over Karri Ramo’s shoulder to tie it up at 1-1. Sheahan’s goal was really pretty, to be honest.

The second period was rather reminiscent of the second period against the Islanders, in that the Flames didn’t generate much and spent a lot of time in their own end defending. Midway through the period, Karri Ramo rushed to play a puck in the high slot and collided with Raphael Diaz, who was racing a Red Wings player in from the neutral zone. Ramo left the game and didn’t return, being replaced by Jonas Hiller. Henrik Zetterberg finally scored on one of Detroit’s chances, shelving a nice set-up from Justin Abdelkader to make it 2-1.

The teams exchanged goals in the third period. Abdelkader scored on a rebound on the power-play early in the period to make it 3-1. Mikael Backlund and Paul Byron had a nice two-on-one on a shorthanded sequence and Backlund converted a back-hander past Mrazek to make it 3-2, but the Flames didn’t get any closer and couldn’t bury their chances late.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

Two main reasons: they weren’t all that energetic beyond the first five minutes of the game or the last ten (reminiscent of the Islanders game), and their power-play was no damn good. Let’s be blunt here: they had eight minutes of power-play time against a team that played last night in a different city. They generated just five shots and zero goals. That’s not enough to win games.

Heck, their penalty kill generated more goals than their power-play. That’s terrifying.

RED WARRIOR

Mikael Backlund had a goal, an assist, a +1 rating, a few good long looks at the net, 17:54 in ice time and was 53% at the face-off dot. All that in his first game since October 28. Good work, Mickis.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 17:34 Raymond goal 4 6 11 19 21 31 2 15 20 34 61 90 5v5
Home 1 15:21 Raymond 5 7 11 20 21 31 20 34 41 52 55 5v4
Home 1 14:56 Backlund 5 7 11 20 21 31 20 34 41 52 55 5v4
Home 1 14:53 Backlund 5 7 11 20 21 31 20 34 41 52 55 5v4
Home 1 14:42 Backlund 5 7 11 20 21 31 20 34 41 52 55 5v4
Away 1 14:01 Datsyuk 4 6 19 31 32 86 2 13 21 34 43 61 5v5
Away 1 12:03 Sheahan goal 11 19 21 29 31 33 2 15 20 34 43 61 5v5
Away 1 10:13 Datsyuk 5 7 20 23 31 32 13 21 34 43 52 55 5v5
Home 1 7:47 Wideman 4 6 8 13 31 86 13 21 34 43 52 55 5v5
Home 1 6:37 Bollig tip 4 6 17 18 25 31 2 14 18 34 41 61 5v5
Away 1 4:40 Ouellett 4 6 8 13 31 86 2 13 21 34 43 61 5v5
Away 1 4:14 Nyquist 4 6 20 23 31 32 2 13 14 27 34 43 5v5
Away 2 19:36 Tatar 4 6 20 23 31 32 13 21 34 43 52 55 5v5
Away 2 17:18 Helm 5 7 8 21 31 86 13 21 34 43 52 55 5v5
Home 2 14:32 Monahan 20 23 29 31 32 33 2 13 21 34 43 61 5v5
Home 2 14:10 Gaudreau 4 6 8 13 31 86 11 18 27 34 41 65 5v5
Home 2 13:35 Giordano 5 7 11 19 21 31 8 14 34 40 52 55 5v5
Away 2 12:23 Deflection 4 7 17 18 20 31 2 13 21 27 34 90 5v5
Home 2 11:45 Glencross 5 7 20 23 31 32 8 14 34 40 52 55 5v5
Away 2 10:59 Helm 4 6 8 13 31 86 13 21 27 34 43 65 5v5
Home 2 4:25 Gaudreau 1 4 6 8 13 23 20 34 41 52 55 5v4
Away 2 2:34 Zetterberg goal 1 5 6 20 23 32 2 8 14 34 40 61 5v5
Home 2 0:29 Russell 1 4 6 20 23 32 2 8 13 34 40 61 5v5
Away 3 17:58 Abdelkader 1 5 7 11 32 8 13 14 34 40 55 4v5
Away 3 17:57 Abdelkader goal 1 21 23 29 32 33 15 20 27 34 65 90 5v5
Home 3 15:11 Stajan 1 5 7 17 18 8 13 14 34 40 55 4v5
Home 3 14:48 Backlund goal 1 4 6 11 32 8 14 21 34 65 90 4v5
Home 3 13:01 Jooris 1 8 13 29 33 86 15 20 27 34 65 90 5v5
Home 3 10:18 Giordano 1 5 6 17 18 25 2 8 14 34 40 61 5v5
Away 3 7:45 Zetterberg 1 4 6 17 18 25 2 8 14 34 40 61 5v5
Away 3 7:24 Helm 1 4 6 21 23 32 2 13 21 34 43 61 5v5
Away 3 6:33 Datsyuk 1 4 6 21 23 32 13 21 34 43 52 55 5v5
Home 3 4:19 Jones 1 4 6 11 19 20 2 13 21 34 43 61 5v5
Away 3 3:14 Nyquist 1 5 7 21 23 32 8 14 27 34 40 65 5v5
Home 3 1:33 Russell 4 6 11 20 21 32 8 34 40 41 52 55 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   4 6   1 0   2 1
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 21:30 7 9 03:46 1 0 00:35 1 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 21:34 3 4 04:14 4 0 02:11 1 1
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 19:04 8 9 04:23 1 0 00:35 1 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 21:51 2 4 03:37 4 0 02:11 1 1
8 COLBORNE, JOE 14:39 3 3 04:05 1 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 13:18 4 1 03:33 4 0 01:03 1 1
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 13:05 3 2 04:05 1 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 09:16 2 2 00:00 0 0 01:39 1 0
18 STAJAN, MATT 09:05 2 2 00:12 0 0 01:02 1 0
19 JONES, DAVID 11:54 3 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 15:54 5 5 03:55 4 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 14:18 3 6 03:33 4 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 14:20 3 8 04:15 1 0 00:41 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 07:09 2 1 00:12 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 08:05 2 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   7 9   4 0   0 0
32 BYRON, PAUL 13:27 4 9 00:10 0 0 01:07 1 1
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 06:24 2 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 13:04 3 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 7 5 3 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 6 5 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 6 6 4 5 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames lost! Again! They won’t have four days to stew in their misfortunes like last time, though. They’re back at it on Friday night when they host the Florida Panthers to kick off the back half of the docket.

  • Scary Gary

    I’m a big Backlund fan and I’m surprised he looked as good as he did after such a long layoff!

    The flames needed to take more advantage of what looked like a timid/shaky backup goalie early on.

    • ChinookArchYYC

      I was really surprised to see how good he was, in his first game back. Even if he hadn’t scored, he had a solid game. It’s good to have Backlund back.

  • Skuehler

    Thought Byron had a really good game. Also think Russell Wideman are a little under appreciated. They work in the shadow of Brodano, but bring some smart passing, compitent defensive play and good offensive participation.

    Nice to Backlund healthy.

  • beloch

    Backs looked good. The Hudreau line sure missed Hudler. Ultimately, it was Mrazek’s convenient inability to securely attach his mask to his head that killed the Flames’ comeback. I sure hope Ramo is okay.

  • Canrock 78

    Treliving is entirely too cautious for my tastes. While he fiddles doing nothing, the Flames’ playoff chances are diminishing. Yes Sheehan’s goal was pretty but Engelland was defending.

    Brodano are a lot less threat the last 5-10 games. Is it because we don’t have a competent 5th-6th, so they can play more like 22 minutes a night, not 24-25. There are definitely assets in the system (centers) he can trade that would be attractive to other teams and likely won’t crack through Calgary’s depth at that position.

    If Calgary loses to Florida and Vancouver, it’s going to be a very high mountain to climb. Does Treliving even care? I thought Burke was an impatient man. This team should be tweaked now!

    The pattern of last year has resurfaced. Starting with the eight game losing streak, they are regularly losing one goal games (also NYI and Detroit). Close doesn’t cut it as Hartley pointed out early in the season.

    If this pattern keeps up we’ll finish 10th in the west, pick about 10th overall, and be just out of the range of an elite player. Treliving needs to upgrade the team NOW.

    Frustrated Flames Fan

    • FeyWest

      Patience my friend, year 2 rebuild, I say we don’t have to do a thing except secure assets for expiring contracts (or re-up at decent term/value)

      No need reaching in a cookie jar with unbaled cookies, you just make a mess.

    • Craig

      While it is very obvious we need an upgrade in our bottom pairing defence men, I have to caution wanting to sell assets this early on a rebuild. We’re only in year two, and we’re going to have losses so we need to be careful that we don’t go full Darryl Sutter trading off assets like mad and sacrificing a healthier rebuild.
      Will it be frustrating at times? Yes but it will all pay off 2-3 years down the road.

    • Canrock 78

      It is easy to say the flames need to do something, but what trade some young guys for a aging vet, trade some of our problem guys for other teams problem guys.
      We have issues for sure, not enough elite skill. But no one is trading their elite skilled guys for our average players.
      If you have a better plan please share.
      The problem with the early taste of victory is now we expect more. As the veteran teams crank it up for the play offs we will find ourselves in this situation more than not.
      Hopefully towards the deadline someone will want to make a run and we can trade a vet that is not part of the leadership core for a young d or rw.

    • Canrock 78

      I would not be the least bit surprised if BB parts ways with BT before the next draft.
      An organizational mistake like this needs to be removed like a bandaid; quickly…..

      WW

    • The Last Big Bear

      I am far from frustrated as a Flames fan right now. I am super happy with how the season has gone and is going.

      That being said, I actually agree with much of the substance of this post.

      The Flames have climbed into sink-or-swim territory. They are out of the running for the elite draft picks, so losing a bunch of games will just do more harm than good at this point.

      As a result, I think the best long-term plan now is to give this young core the tools they need to earn some playoff experience. Which means upgrading the defence.

      I agree that the ideal solution is to trade a young centreman with upside for a young defenceman with upside. But, while this may be an unpopular opinion, I’m also happy with trading a late round pick for a depth defender. This because:

      a) its basically trading a depth pick in exchange for getting guys like Monahan, Brodie, Gaudreau, etc, some playoff experience.

      b) I think the Flames are in danger of losing some momentum, and a little boost by upgrading the defence should help them stay on track. Not stay on track vis-a-vis the standings, but to help prevent the demoralizing effects of 9-game losing streaks

      c) it sends a clear message from management that they are confident in this group, and that they are not simply going through the motions, this team exists to win games

      d) a veteran depth defenceman is not taking a spot from anyone who is a long-term part of the plan

      e) even if they get a pure rental player who doesn’t re-sign, its highly likely that the Flames still get more NHL games out of that rental than they get out of a late round draftee

      f) and most importantly WE WILL NEVER HAVE TO SEE ENGELLAND AND DIAZ ON THE ICE TOGETHER EVER AGAIN. I feel that this is super important, because they terrify me, and I would enjoy the games much more if none of the current 3rd pairings were even seen in action again

    • mk

      Definitely a requirement.

      But then again, look where it got them. Maybe that’s why their 20 year old “superstars” can’t put a consistent effort in, they’re too distracted…

  • mattyc

    We should be a little realistic here… the Flames are not a playoff team.

    They defied all expectations in year two of a rebuild.. but it’s important to stay on course and not loose focus of the future.

    I think Treliving realizes this, and he’s not about to jeopardize the future just to make a push for 8th place.

    The question really comes down to what the ownership wants, but I really hope they will be selling high at the deadline and having a good draft.

  • mattyc

    Couple notes from being at the game:

    – Man Raymond struggled last night. Outside of his goal early, he was giving the puck away everywhere. On the Shehan goal he blew trying to get the puck out along the boards, then didn’t take either guy there, leaving Engelland to defend the two-on-one.

    – Glencross also looked uhhhh “sluggish” tonight.

    – Byron played really well – was impressed. He made a great play to Backlund on the shortie.

    – Also thought Russell had a good game. He’s an excellent skater, and always makes a good first pass.

    – Backlund is good at hockey. He’s still the Flames best centreman.

    • mattyc

      Totally agree.

      I think Glencross’ goose is cooked.. and I really hope that Raymond can turn things around. He’s been struggling since coming back from injury.

      • Derzie

        Glencross is puzzling. To the eye he makes a person want to scream. Just does not appear to be doing hockey correctly. BUT when you look at his production and stats, he’s actually pretty good. Very strange.

      • RedMan

        I disagree. GlenX is what the Flames need. Raymond was always a perimeter player – thats all I read out of VAncouver when he played for the Nucks. He is reverting to his old habits. Don’t know why BT signed him for 3 years. let him go and nring up Ferland.

        • RedMan

          Glencross has been one of our best forwards… but he’s a 32 year old UFA.

          When Ferland, Baertschi, Klimchuck, Poirier, and Bennett make a push for a roster spot next year, who are they going to cut?

          I think it would be best to get a first round pick for him.

          • RedMan

            I agree to some extent with this but what are the options in free agency that are better that Glencross. I know we need room for the prospects, but that is what they are prospects. We need to keep veterans in prominent roles until the kids real prove themselves. Don’t make the same oiler mistake thinking that the young guys can carry the team.

  • RedMan

    Anyone else what to trade Hudler or Backlund.

    We really missed Hudler, and Backlund gave a really good performance last night.

    We could very quickly end up like the oilers and be complaining for the next several years as to way we suck so bad.

  • MonsterPod

    In line with the thread, we are not winning the cup this year. The best we can hope for is squeaking in, which would be fun, but counterproductive.

    There is a deep draft coming up.

    Try to get a first for GlenX.

    Try to get a first for Wideman.

    Bring up the kids to finish the season. Work hard, win a few, and no red jerseys will be thrown on the ice.

    Come October, Bennett has a full training camp and makes the team.

    Poirier and Ferland also make the team next year, with Wotherspoon, who replaces Wideman.

    Please Treliving, draft some defensive stud prospects this year for our 2018 cup run.

    GFG!

  • RKD

    Backs looked great, he was playing like he did in the second half of last season and did not appear to miss a beat. Engelland undressed by Sheahan and Diaz collides with Ramo, good golly this 5-6 pairing is nightmarish. We don’t need any more Anton Babchuk impersonators.