Post-Game: Kid Gloves

The Calgary Flames finished off the regular season portion of the 2014-15 campaign this afternoon. Many regular players sat. They lost 5-1 to the Winnipeg Jets, who also sat several regulars.

The game didn’t really matter for either team. It was all about resting regulars in preparation for the playoffs and trying not to get anybody injured in the process.

The Flames finish off their regular season with a 45-30-7 record.

THE RUNDOWN

The game started off with a bit of excitement, as Sam Bennett stole the puck from Michael Hutchinson after a dump-in and chucked the puck out front, where it bonked in off of a charging Michael Ferland. Ferland’s from Manitoba, so it was pretty cool for him to get a goal. However, Drew Stafford scored immediately afterwards – Joni Ortio couldn’t glove his shot fully and it trickled in – to tie the game at 1-1. That’s how things ended in the first. Shots were 10-8 for the Jets.

Nobody scored in the second period. The game was pretty even, and the Flames kids generated some decent chances. Shots were 10-5 for the Flames, and Hutchinson was pretty damn good for the Jets in this frame.

Michael Frolik scored the eventual game-winner early in the first period off a nice pass from Mark Scheifele. Lee Stempniak and Adam Lowry scored mid-period goals a minute apart to give the Jets some breathing room, and Matt Halischuk scored late to ice the game completely. Shots were 7-7 in the third, but the Jets got the better chances and buried them.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

Well, the Flames best players sat – no Brodie, Gaudreau, Hudler, Monahan, Russell, Jones or Wideman – and, shockingly, Calgary’s third pairing and depth defenders weren’t quite good enough at disrupting Winnipeg’s attack as they needed to be. The defensive situation for the Flames wasn’t great today. Joni Ortio has had better games, and that first goal from Stafford was a groaner, but he didn’t get much help. (It was also his first game since late February, so let’s cut him some slack.)

RED WARRIOR

Another good game for Michael Ferland. He had the lone goal on a smart play going to the net, but he also had 3 shots (second behind Drew Shore on the team) and 4 hits.

And a stick-tap to Sam Bennett, who was energetic all afternoon.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 19:29 Ferland goal 7 19 22 23 34 91 37 55 61 63 79 86 5v5
Away 1 14:11 Jooris 7 14 17 21 23 34 3 25 28 37 60 86 5v5
Away 1 14:05 Bollig 7 14 17 21 23 34 3 25 28 37 60 86 5v5
Away 1 11:00 Ferland tip 14 17 21 33 34 63 3 28 37 60 79 86 5v5
Away 1 10:48 Poirier 14 17 21 33 34 63 3 18 28 37 57 79 5v5
Home 1 9:44 55 12 33 34 39 55 67 8 11 26 29 37 5v4
Home 1 8:53 20 2 17 20 23 34 91 3 18 22 28 37 5v4
Home 1 4:25 17 7 14 17 21 23 34 18 26 29 37 57 79 5v5
Home 1 3:19 12 12 19 22 33 34 63 8 11 21 26 28 37 5v5
Away 2 19:09 Shore 7 12 22 23 34 55 3 21 22 28 37 45 5v5
Away 2 18:01 Bollig 15 20 33 34 51 63 25 37 55 60 61 86 5v5
Away 2 11:31 Shore 19 22 33 34 63 91 21 22 26 29 37 45 5v5
Away 2 6:50 Bennett 2 19 22 34 39 91 8 37 55 60 61 63 5v5
Home 2 5:09 67 12 33 34 39 55 67 8 11 26 29 37 5v4
Home 2 4:53 12 12 33 34 39 55 67 8 11 26 29 37 5v4
Home 2 4:04 20 2 15 20 23 34 51 3 18 22 28 37 86 5v5
Home 3 19:14 Frolik goal 2 12 34 39 55 67 3 8 18 21 28 37 5v5
Home 3 18:39 Enstrom 12 20 33 34 39 51 11 25 37 55 61 86 5v5
Home 3 13:13 Stempniak goal 2 15 20 34 39 51 8 22 26 29 37 79 5v5
Home 3 12:15 Lowry goal 2 14 17 21 34 39 8 22 37 55 61 63 5v5
Home 3 11:50 21 2 14 17 21 34 39 18 37 45 55 61 79 5v5
Home 3 11:23 12 7 12 23 34 55 67 25 26 28 37 60 86 5v5
Home 3 8:27 14 tip 7 14 17 21 23 34 8 22 37 55 61 63 5v5
Away 3 6:22 Bennett 7 19 22 23 34 91 3 8 22 26 37 63 5v5
Away 3 5:08 Stajan 15 20 33 34 51 63 3 18 28 37 45 79 5v5
Away 3 5:05 Ferland 15 20 33 34 51 63 3 18 28 37 45 79 5v5
Away 3 5:02 Stajan tip 15 20 33 34 51 63 3 18 28 37 45 79 5v5
Away 3 3:21 Ferland 2 19 22 34 39 91 18 26 28 37 45 79 5v5
Away 3 2:47 Bennett 20 34 39 51 63 91 8 22 37 55 61 63 5v5
Home 3 1:05 Halischuk goal 7 15 20 23 34 51 8 26 37 55 60 63 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
3 SCHLEMKO, DAVID 19:07 9 2 01:03 0 0 01:18 0 1
8 COLBORNE, JOE 16:03 3 6 00:30 0 0 03:36 0 3
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 09:31 0 2 00:33 0 0 03:23 0 3
18 STAJAN, MATT 16:00 5 4 00:00 0 0 02:26 0 1
21 RAYMOND, MASON 08:58 2 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
22 SHORE, DREW 12:11 4 4 00:00 0 0 00:59 0 1
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 14:34 3 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
26 WOTHERSPOON, TYLER 15:43 3 5 00:00 0 0 04:36 0 3
28 POTTER, COREY 20:42 9 4 00:42 0 0 01:53 0 1
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 12:53 1 2 00:00 0 0 04:49 0 3
37 ORTIO, JONI   15 11   0 0   0 4
45 WOLF, DAVID 13:06 6 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
55 RAMAGE, JOHN 18:10 4 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
57 POIRIER, EMILE 08:47 1 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 13:33 5 2 00:21 0 0 01:17 0 0
61 KULAK, BRETT 18:04 4 4 00:39 0 0 00:48 0 0
63 BENNETT, SAM 15:06 4 3 00:54 0 0 00:00 0 0
79 FERLAND, MICHAEL 14:59 7 3 00:09 0 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 12:30 5 3 00:24 0 0 01:43 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 5 4 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
2 4 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
3 6 8 6 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The regular season is over.

The playoffs begin on Wednesday against the Vancouver Canucks.

  • Mort

    Doesn’t this remind you of the 2014 Gaudreau? Played in the last game of the season, got first NHL point in a 5-1 lost. Will Bennet have as good of a season next year, if not better?

  • RKD

    Meaningless game, nice to see Bennett and Wotherspoon make their NHL debuts. Pretty cool that Bennett got an assist just :33 seconds into the game. Bennett got 15:39 of ice time and Wotherspoon played 20:19. Whether or not they start the playoffs it is nice to have these guys as options in case of injury or if they need to change things up.

  • RKD

    Wotherspoon actually played a bunch of games for the Flames last year. The ones who were making their NHL debuts were Bennett, Ramage, and Kulak.

    On that note, prior to this season, Mark Stone of Ottawa Senators fame had played in 23 previous NHL games. Filip Forsberg? 18.

    Johnny Gaudreau had just 1 total NHL game under his belt coming into this season. I also feel that out of the three, or even if you want to throw Ekblad in there, Johnny Gaudreau had the biggest impact on his team’s success.

    #johnnycalder

  • RKD

    Was it just me or did Colborn look like the worst Flames out there. Not that that is unusual but with the roster we put out he should have looked better.

    He is a great guy off the ice but he just can’t seem to put it together on the ice.

    • zachg

      I don’t know man I noticed Colborne a couple of times during the game I thought he had an OK game. Played a little more physical and was better along the boards. Having said that would I play him over say Bennett? Probably not. However guys like him are hard to find (6’5 with good hand).

      At the end of the day that’s what Colborne is: so much potential (see first 18 games of the season where he was on fire) but he can’t seem to find consistency.

      Its eerie how similar him and Jankowski are as players though. Big super high ceiling centers, both think the game well, both we late ish first round picks, both play soft for their size (although Joe seems to be improving in that sense).

      In terms of who had a rough game I would say David Wolf was trying to create too much and seemed pike he was turning the puck over every time he touched the puck

    • WildfireOne

      Colborne was most definitely the worst player on the ice. I’ve defended Colborne on previous post. This time there’s no excuse. He should of been one of the guys standing out on a positive note but he was the opposite. Should of been teaching the kids the ropes. Minus 5 just awful. He took the day off. He should be benched first game in Vancouver. Earned not given right? Colborne is so streaky when he’s good he’s awesome but when he’s bad he’s awful. I was a big Colborne fan last year. If he doesn’t wake up I don’t see him as part of the future plan. Its to bad, he’s got real good hands and size to go along with it but he plays a soft game 70% of the time.

  • everton fc

    Can anyone comment on how Ramage looked? He had 19 minutes of ice time, was nobly -1, 4 shots, 3 hits… A block… Not bad, “on paper”. Dito Kulak, level, in terms of +/-, with lots of ice time. (Potter was also “only” -1 in a 5-1 loss, “tops” in ice time, at 23+ TOI)

    Colborne also had lots of ice time, and was -5. How bad was Ortio, or was he let down by those in front of him?

    • RKD

      I thought Ramage looked really good, Kulak not so much but you can see that they both have the tools to be players in the NHL. Ramage was engaged in the play and made a couple of pretty slick outlet passes

      Wotherspoon looked good but he was responsible for the Stempniak goal with Stemp just blowing past him.
      Looked more solid than Schlemko/Diaz/Engelland though I gotta say. Add that to the fact that he’s a surprisingly big boy on the ice, he really has a shot at being a second pair defenceman.

      • everton fc

        So would it be fair to say Ramage looked the best of all our call ups on the backend? The stats seems to say as much….

        Who was Ramage paired with, Kulak? And who was Wotherspoon tied to?

        • cgyokgn

          Ramage was with Kulak and Wotherspoon was with Engelland. Honestly yeah I thought Ramage probably looked the best but Wotherspoon plays a playing style that if you don’t notice him that means he’s playing well… I think Engelland didn’t do any favors to Wotherspoon but Wother still looked good besides the stempniak goal which in all fairness was also Engellands fault for turning the puck over..

    • everton fc

      Me too!!!

      We need to get top value for him when we trade him this summer…..

      Jake Gardiner-ish ? The Leafs are still delusional that advanced stats actually have value…..

      WW

  • cgyokgn

    So… Sven Baertschi scored two goals for the Nucks tonight, including the tying goal to get them into OT. Not sure how I feel about it. They are targeting him to be a top 6 forward next year. Will he finally realize his potential with the Canucks and come back to bite us or did he have a good performance because it was in a meaningless game against the Oilers? He always had skill but lacked defensively. I guess time will tell….

  • zachg

    Kids are alright. Bennett was good, ferland was good, shore was really good, D was ok, and the futures bright. As a long time flames fan it is a breath of fresh air to see future flame draft picks kickin ass. just being an optimistic !! GO FLAMES Go!!!!!!!

  • WildfireOne

    Honestly, I was unimpressed by the Flames defense this game both with and without the puck. Looking at these AHLers play gave an appreciation of how much Russell and (even) Wideman contribute, let alone the elite Brodano pairing. No way we make the playoffs without Gio and Brodes. We need at least another super – solid (as in another #1 or #2) D-man to be a consistently competitive team.

    That being said, Tspoon, Kulak and Ramage may yet take strides…Hell, I’d rather see Wotherpoon besides Brodie right now (and actually since Gio went down) rather than Engelland, whose first pass seems to target only opposition players, and effectiveness appears to be limited to only areas of ice with direct contact of the boards.

    As for Ortio, this was his first game in two months and it totally showed. I’m willing to bet Kipper’s crown that he had more rust than a shipwreck and the games he gave us when Ramo first went down are more indicative of his ability. On top of that, Gillies. The MVP of this year’s Frozen Four is joining last year’s Hobey Baker winner. Holy jumpin’ weisbrods..