Game 3 Faceoff Breakdown

With home ice on their side, the Flames controlled their destiny in many ways, particularly in the face-off circle. The team made a handful of key changes that resulted in face-off wins, particularly in key times in key match-ups.

Their face-off success, particularly against Henrik Sedin, is one of the reasons they won.

GAME 3

Sean
Monahan
Mikael
Backlund
Matt
Stajan
Josh
Jooris
Henrik
Sedin
5 taken
4-1 VAN
n/a 13 taken
11-2 CGY
2 taken
1-1 tie
Nick
Bonino
10 taken
6-4 VAN
3 taken
2-1 VAN
2 taken
2-0 VAN
n/a
Bo
Horvat
3 taken
2-1 VAN
3 taken
2-1 VAN
n/a 3 taken
3-0 VAN
Brad
Richardson
3 taken
2-1 CGY
2 taken
2-0 VAN
n/a 1 taken
1-0 CGY

WHOLE SERIES

Sean
Monahan
Mikael
Backlund
Matt
Stajan
Josh
Jooris
Markus
Granlund
Henrik
Sedin
17 taken
13-4 VAN
9 taken
8-1 VAN
21 taken
13-8 CGY
2 taken
1-1 tie
2 taken
2-0 VAN
Nick
Bonino
17 taken
9-8 CGY
9 taken
7-2 CGY
9 taken
5-4 CGY
n/a 3 taken
3-0 CGY
Bo
Horvat
9 taken
6-3 VAN
7 taken
4-3 CGY
3 taken
2-1 CGY
3 taken
3-0 VAN
3 taken
2-1 CGY
Brad
Richardson
8 taken
5-3 VAN
5 taken
3-2 VAN
5 taken
4-1 CGY
1 taken
1-0 CGY
2 taken
2-0 VAN

The main adjustments for Game 3 were as follows: Josh Jooris came in for Markus Granlund, Joe Colborne began taking offensive zone face-offs for Backlund while Backlund seemingly remained his line’s go-to guy for defensive face-offs, and the Flames did their best to put Matt Stajan out against Henrik Sedin.

Granlund for Jooris is basically a lateral move, though Jooris is right-handed. Neither guy took a ton of draws in key moments. Backlund struggled in draws, losing the vast majority of them, but being on a line with Colborne gives that offensive tandem (with Sam Bennett) a few extra options in terms of draws and deployments.

And Stajan? What can you say? After two games of Henrik Sedin eating Calgary’s lunch in terms of face-offs, between Stajan’s draw dominance and Ferland and Jones playing the body frequently, it was a tough night at the office for the Swedish wonder twins.