FGD #13: Visiting Jarome’s New Home (7pm MT, SN West)

After their whirlwind victory on Saturday night over the Edmonton Oilers – their first regulation win of the 2015-16 season – the Calgary Flames tangle with one of the few Western Conference clubs that’s as far-down in the standings as they are tonight when they visit the Colorado Avalanche.

The Flames (3-8-1) have quietly grabbed three points in their last three games – their shootout loss in Ottawa and their last-minute win in Edmonton – but otherwise have lacked momentum. They can try to manufacture some tonight against the Colorado Avalanche (3-7-1), who have lost two in a row and are hopeful to get back on track.

The puck drops just after 7pm MT on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

THE FLAMES

Projected lines via Daily Faceoff:

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Karri Ramo starts again. He’s 1-3-0 with a 4.27 goals against average and .868 save percentage. He managed to hold on for the win in Edmonton, giving up only a pair of even-strength goals (and not really getting puck help from his penalty kill). The Flames remain without Jonas Hiller, Lance Bouma and Micheal Ferland, while Ladislav Smid and Derek Grant look to be the healthy extras.

The Flames won on Saturday night. If they win tonight, it’ll be the first time they’ve won two in a row all season long. I think it’s safe to say that they’ve had an October to forget, and they’d love to make November better. It’s not like November could be much worse than October was, to be honest.

The Flames have been pretty decent at even-strength, but they’re getting killed by their special teams. Their power-play has scored just twice in their last seven games (going 2-for-20 in the process). Their penalty kill has allowed six goals in that same span, including two against Edmonton. If they can tighten up their special teams game, they may be able to string some more wins together.

THE AVALANCHE

Projected lines via Daily Faceoff:

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Semyon Varlamov starts. He’s 2-5-1 with a 3.32 goals against average and .891 save percentage.

The Avalanche score just as often as the Flames do – a benefit of having the ageless Jarome Iginla on the roster – but Colorado’s really struggled to prevent the back-breaking “next goal.” They’ve lost a bunch of close games, and could use (a) more timely offense or (b) defense that’s not giving up goals at key moments.

They’re a good team on paper, but they just haven’t coalesced the way team management would’ve hoped. (Sounds familiar, eh?)

WHEN LAST WE MET

First meeting of the season. Last season the Flames won two of their three meetings with Colorado with the home side winning each game. The Flames beat the Avalanche 4-3 (in overtime) on December 4, the Avs beat Calgary 3-2 in Denver on March 14, and the Flames beat them by the same score back in Calgary nine days later.

In 152 previous meetings between Colorado/Quebec and Atlanta/Calgary, the Flames have a 69-56-20-7 record.

THE NUMBERS

Calgary Colorado
Wins 3 3
Power Play 14.7% 19.6%
Penalty Kill 76.9% 79.5%
Corsi Close 49.0% 40.0%
Faceoffs 46.3% 48.1%

SUM IT UP

Two desperate teams do battle in the Mile High City tonight! The Flames really need to rack up some points and will hopefully do their best not to squander what momentum they accumulated over the weekend. A win tonight gets them two much-needed points and claws them ever-closer to a post-season position…and much-needed respectability.

  • Rock

    Gio and Russel
    Brodie and Wiedman
    England and Hamilton

    Hamilton is no way a top 4 on any winning team last 10 minutes of that game seen to much Hamilton. They play Hamilton to much the other team will start sending us flowers

  • ClayBort

    Well I guess I’ll be in the minority here but there was lots I liked about what the Flames did. Yes when they went bad, it was bad & it seems we always get scored on when that does happen. But I was passed the hope of playoffs awhile ago. I just want to see fun hockey again & there was lots I enjoyed:

    1/ Bennett is going to be a real real good player. We keep him with Gaudreau & I think he will be in the Calder discussions. I don’t ever want to hear his name mentioned in trade talks again!!

    2/ Brodie is something else. It’s been what 3 games he’s been back but I am already seeing his effect on our other defence men. The group will get better, but it will be too late for playoffs. They were finally jumping in the play more, a little bit more accurate on the long breakout passes & we certainly generated some top scoring chance. We are going to blow somebody out if we keep this trend & get a little more lucky & get better at burying the chances.

    3/ Call it what it is but Colborne played well tonight.

    4/Gaudreau is amazing. Wow this kid has talent.

    Some of the not so fun:

    1/ Monahan seems to be having his sophomore year this year. Something is out, pucks not going his way, passes just of f his stick, passes he’s making just not what he was doing last year. Going to be a tough year for him, just have that feeling. Rather he gets it out now. When he gets through this, look out. I think he’s just trying too hard to break out of this funk.

    2/ Backlund?? What happened? Did he hardly play or was he that invisible.

    3/Ramo played OK tonight, boy did we breakdown in our end at times tonight. But we need more than OK from one of our goalies, we need freaking unbelievable superhuman saves in Kipper fashion. This team needs to rally behind a goalie instead of seeing every mistake being put in the net. Too late now. I am a Treliving fan but I must admit he crapped the bed on this goalie scenario. I just dot think there is a fix for this. We just have to ride it out this year & fix the problem in the offseason. I think this will be a real hard lesson for him that hopefully he will not forget.

    Bennett/Gaudreau & Brodie am I ever proud they are Flames. Those 3 should be our captains based on her 2015-16 season to date.

  • Parallex

    I feel bad for Connor McDavid. Clearly the obnoxious trolls that insist on coming here and their ilk caused a karma imbalance and thus required that he be injuried as penance.

    • MontanaMan

      It’s not that bad. Broken clavicle, Kane had that last year missed 7 weeks.

      We haven’t had Eberle yet, he is back this week. No big deal when you have so much talent. Hall another 3 points, hopefully he wins the Art Ross. He is on pace.