FGD #82: The End

It’s all over but the crying for the Calgary Flames. After tonight’s final game with the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center, it’ll all be over.

This is Game 82. There’s nothing on the line for either club. The Flames are giving a few new kids a first crack at the NHL. The Wild are trying to keep things rolling along as they await a tough test in the first round of the playoffs. It’ll be a bittersweet game for the Flames, focused on the future but haunted by the recent past.

Join us in saying goodbye to the 2015-16 season when the puck drops at 5pm MT on City TV and Sportsnet 960 The Fan, won’t you?

THE FLAMES

There wasn’t a morning skate today, so here’s the lines from last game via Daily Faceoff:

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The Flames are without Grant, Engelland and Nakladal tonight, so here’s my guess at how lines could look:

Shinarkuk – Monahan – Gaudreau
Stajan – Backlund – Colborne
Ferland – Bennett – Jooris
Bollig – Elson – Shore

Giordano – Hamilton
Kylington – Brodie
Jokipakka – Sieloff

Veteran Niklas Backstrom starts in what will almost definitely be his 413th and final NHL appearance. He’s 1-2-0 with a 4.16 goals against average and .871 even-strength save percentage. He played the vast majority of his career in Minnesota, and it’s pretty nice he gets his last start there. For those tracking at home, the Flames are without Karri Ramo, Ladislav Smid, Dennis Wideman, Deryk Engelland, Jakub Nakladal, Lance Bouma, Michael Frolik and Derek Grant for tonight’s game. Turner Elson, Patrick Sieloff and Oliver Kylington make their NHL debuts.

Look at how happy they are!

LINES FROM WARM-UP

THE WILD

Projected lines via Daily Faceoff:

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With nothing on the line, it’s still likely that Devan Dubnyk starts. He’s 32-26-6 with a 2.35 goals against average and .930 even-strength save percentage. He’s been quite good and is one of the reasons they’re headed to the playoffs. Minnesota is locked in to second wild-card spot. They’ll play either Dallas or St. Louis in the first round. They’re just trying to maintain momentum and not get injured.

THE NUMBERS

CALGARY MINNESOTA
Wins 34 38
Power Play 17.2% 18.9%
Penalty Kill 75.0% 77.7%
Score-Adjusted Corsi 47.7% 47.9%
Faceoffs 48.7% 52.4%

WHEN LAST WE MET

This is the third and final meeting between these teams this season. The Flames have lost both games against Minnesota this season: 5-3 in Calgary in February and 6-2 in Minnesota in March.

All-time, the Flames are 42-26-14 against the Wild.

THE RACE TO THE BOTTOM

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Calgary plays Minnesota. Winnipeg plays Los Angeles. Columbus plays Chicago. In the event any of these two teams tie, regulation/overtime wins is the first tiebreaker (it’s the column after points).

SUM IT UP

It’s Game 82! This painful season is almost mercifully over. Crack your beverage of choice open and watch, judging the Flames new, young players as you go. And then go to the store for more beverages, because we won’t have “meaningful” hockey to discuss until October.

  • cgyokgn

    Sieloff with his first NHL goal. And Shore and Elson have assists on Bollig’s goal.

    So… our loss is in jeopardy but have to feel good for the young guys.

  • brodiegio4life

    of course, what a fkin joke. Couldn’t lose on more fkin game. Now watch the 4th last team win the lottery. Thanks for nothing backstrom and bollig fk you

  • McRib

    Matthew Tkachuk NHLE 49.3
    Jakob Chychrun NHLE 19.4
    Pierre Luc Dubios NHLE 36.7
    Alex Nylander NHLE 32.4
    Jake Bean NHLE 23.1

    I’m going with Pierre Luc Dubois if we are picking 6th, finishing 4th would have guaranteed a Tkachuk worse case. What a wasted opportunity with Columbus winning, maybe Winnipeg can still beat LA they have been playing better of late. Time to pray for draft lottery now I guess. Bollig and Sieloff score.. You honestly can’t make this stuff up. Patrick “I have 4 goals in 98 career AHL Games” Sieloff scored…

    • McRib

      Pierre Luc Dubois isn’t small (6’3″) and he has better Junior point totals at this point, don’t see Flames passing on him for Nylander, if both available. We’ll see how it shakes down though. If you want to get hyped on Pierre Luc Dubios just go rewatch this years Top Prospect Game. Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t mind Nylander, would make good story with return to fathers old team. Just think Flames would go with size, we will see.

      • Stu Cazz

        I totally agree. Flames are getting knocked around by teams like the Kings, Ducks. I don’t know much about Dubios but if he is as good as you say then they cannot afford to pass up on a talented big centre!

        No question this draft drops drastically after the top 4 and my concern is that Treliving will trade his 1st pick for a top flight veteran goalie…Anderson??

  • cgyokgn

    Wow, I’m in a bit of shock. I can’t believe I was cheering for Minny to tie up. Still, I’m happy for Backstrom and the young guys who showed well tonight.

  • brodiegio4life

    absolutely miserable season. Such high expectations coming into the season. Team plays like garbage all year and comes nowhere near the playoffs only then to have high expectations of a great pick and pick up a completely meaningless win that hurts the future more than it helps