Post-Game: Flames Lose To Better Team (Again)

A few weeks back, the Calgary Flames lost 4-0 to the St. Louis Blues.

The Blues are, in so many ways, what Calgary wants to turn into in a few years. The Blues are a deep, deep team. They’ve drafted well. They have good coaching. They have a team that can roll four good lines and hurt you in many ways.

They hurt Calgary in many ways tonight. The Flames lost 4-1. It was a game many expected Calgary to lose, and it provided many lessons.

THE LESSONS

  1. Don’t give up early goals.
    Calgary’s given up the first goal in 46 games this season. It’s never a good strategy, particularly against a team like St. Louis that defends well. They’ve managed 20 comeback wins after giving up the first goal, but it’s just not smart. (St. Louis scored 1:16 into the game and led the rest of the way.)
  2. Don’t get wildly out-shot all the time.
    We’ve been over this, but getting out-shot 43-19 is bad. You’re forcing your goalie to bail you out too much.
  3. Don’t give up five-minute power-plays because of fourth liners.
    Accidents happen. But when a guy that regularly plays south of 10 minutes per game takes TWENTY MINUTES IN PENALTIES ON ONE PLAY, it’s not a recipe for success. Brandon Bollig doesn’t have a reputation as being a dirty player, but for a guy that’s been in and out of the line-up of late, that’s not a great way to re-introduce yourself to the hockey world.

The good news is that Sean Monahan scored his 30th goal of the season, which is pretty great considering he’s just 20. The Flames had chances to get back into the game but just couldn’t break through against a team like St. Louis that is good and defends well.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

St. Louis is good. Calgary gave up a goal early and the Blues defend well (in a structural sense). There’s no shame in losing to a good team in their barn, particularly a team like the Blues who are trying to get back into playoff form after a bit of a down-turn.

Also, the Blues dominated both puck possession and the face-off dot.

RED WARRIOR

Let’s go with Monahan, for his 30th goal of the season. He’s been a great success story over the past couple of years. And with an assist on that goal, Johnny Gaudreau inches closer to a Calder nomination.

SCORING CHANCES

Coming soon!

ZONE ENTRIES

Coming soon!

SUM IT UP

Calgary lost to a really good team. Ho hum. They drop to 42-29-7 after 78 games. They remain in the third position in the Pacific Division, a point up on both Los Angeles and Winnipeg.

They’re back in action on Saturday night when they visit Edmonton on Hockey Night in Canada.

      • RedMan

        let’s hope so… hopefully the flames can go 3-1 or even 3-0-1

        Just like everyone has been predicting – it looks like it will come down to the last game of the year and a win-your-in opportunity

        • Burnward

          The Flames have almost no margin for error now. LA is 1 point behind with 5 games remaining, while CGY has just 4 left. The Flames cannot afford a loss to the Oilers or Coyotes, it would be a punch to the gut after all the hard work this year.

          The game against LA is likely the determining factor between who gets the 3rd Pacific spot and a date with the Canucks in the first round.

          The final game against the Jets, if the Flames miss out on 3rd in the Pacific, will likely determine who gets the last wildcard spot, WPG or CGY. And what unlucky timing for Calgary, because game 82 is when Byfuglien’s suspension ends.

          Definitely coming right down to the wire. We’ll see who’s left standing in a week and half’s time.

          Sure beats talking about the draft lottery again, lmao. How do Oiler fans manage to do that every year?

  • SoCalFlamesFan

    That Bollig “assault” (because it was meant to injure and premeditated) is the last I can cheer for that jerk. I hope the flames throw him to the wolves and send him to the AHL. I normally defend enforcers but this crosses the line.

  • Derzie

    What I don’t understand is that the Blues are elite when the play us but are beatable when they play other teams (look at their last 10 games). They have our number.