How did the Flames fare in Saturday’s World Cup prelims?

After a day off on Friday, the Calgary Flames’ players at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey were back at it today in scintillating pre-tournament action! The big news was that both games were pretty competitive – and entertaining for those of us that chose to flip back-and-forth between them – and that none of the Flames representatives in the tournament were scratched.

How did Saturday treat the Flames in pre-tournament competition?

CZECH REPUBLIC (Michael Frolik) beats RUSSIA 2-1 in a shootout

The Czechs looked much more composed on Saturday than they did on Thursday night, earning a measure of revenge for that contest. Michael Frolik once again lined up primarily with Radek Faksa and Ales Hemsky, though things got jumbled around at times too. Frolik was a difference-maker in this tight game, with the primary assist on late game-tying goal. He played 16:59, including copious amounts of special teams time.

SWEDEN (Mikael Backlund) beats FINLAND (Jyrki Jokipakka) 6-3

On Thursday, Mikael Backlund was a scratch and Sweden lost. On Saturday, he was dressed and Sweden won. With the Swedes missing Rickard Rakell (who has the flu) and Marcus Kruger (who is injured), they dressed 11 forwards and 7 defenders. Backlund lined up with Carl Hagelin and a rotation of guys on the fourth line. He played 9:42, including over 3 minutes of penalty-kill time, and was -1 with 2 shots. On the Finnish side, Jyrki Jokipakka was on the de facto top pairing with Sami Vatanen. He played 19:07, with lots of special teams time, and had an assist, a minor penalty, and an even rating.

Considering the circumstances, both guys had a pretty solid showing.

Up Next

Johnny Gaudreau and Team North America – the Rebel Alliance of the World Cup of Hockey – are back in action on Sunday, facing Team Europe at 4pm MT on Sportsnet’s national feed. Come for the impressive offensive showing that Gaudreau is sure to put on, stay for the continual anxiety over his contractual status!

After Sunday, all World Cup clubs have one pre-tournament tune-up remaining before the competition officially kicks off on Saturday in Toronto.

  • The GREAT Walter White

    Kind of unrelated: the Edmonton sports fans must be so disgusted with themselves after Calgary has dominated Edmonton for a decade in all professional sports…..

    Stamps dominated from start to finish again….

    WW

  • The GREAT Walter White

    After watching the Canada /USA pre-tournament games and all the cheap stuff, I am amazed that Gaudreau’s agent will let him play in the tournament without a contract.

    Some of the biggest cheap shot artists (douche bags) in the league are playing in this tournament and there is ZERO reason not to cheap shot super stars in their division.

    No enforcers to protect the young stars.

    Gaudreau should fire his agent on the spot for risking his future earning potential. If Gaudreau gets injured by one of these douche bags his bargaining power drops dramatically.

    I would be shocked if Gaudreau plays one game of this tournament without a contract. Shocked!!!! Give your head a shake Johnny!!!!!

    Same for McPassenger; without Lucic to protect him the cheap shot artists will go to town without any NHL consequences.

    WW

      • #97Train/McDavidCopperfield

        You could be right but elaborate? I think he wants to hit free agency sooner than later . He is banking on a couple of good seasons to come and then maybe hit the 9m mark.

        • supra steve

          Reality is, not a single one of us knows the truth here, it’s all speculation. So the best, most honest answer you will get is-it has something to do with money…and term.

          What’s the weather like in the Dominican today? I’m in Halifax myself, and weather has been great here since we arrived on Thursday.

          • #97Train/McDavidCopperfield

            It is 26 but it will hit 32 today. There is a little bit of a breeze but still very warm. The water and beaches here are beautiful here just outside Santo Domingo.

  • BlueMoonNigel

    Q:

    What is the question Connor MaDavid will be asked most often in the upcoming season and by whom?

    A:

    “Hey, Connor, do you want me to tear him apart?”

    He will be asked this question frequently by his linemate, the Serbian Superman.

    Man is Connor going to have space on the ice to motor and make plays with Lucic around sorting guys out!

    How does this affect the Flames? It is no secret that Gaudreau’s camp was furious last season with the liberties opponents were taking with Johnny. He was slashed, hacked, speared, mugged, and kicked with relative impunity as the Flames offered very little protection to their smallest but most valuable asset.

    The Gaudreau camp made if very clear to Tre and the Flames at the end of last season that they wanted more protection for Johnny in 2016-17. To date, the projected roster offers no one who will step up and give Johnny the protection he needs. This might well be another sticking point as to why no extension has happened yet.

    It was thought at the start of last season that Ferland could be that guy. He wasn’t. He should and will get a second chance this season as he is the only guy on the projected roster who could possibly play this role right now. Brower certainly has the size but he doesn’t have the mean and swagger to be that guy. Ideally, the Flames want an enforcer who is also a player, but failing that, they have to dress a goon to give Johnny the protection he needs. This is not a wish. It is a necessity. Sure Johnny can elude a lot of thundering checks, but that slipperiness won’t help him duck slashes and hacks to his arms and legs and vicious crosschecks to the back.

    McDavid is going to be shielded by the Serbian Superman this season. Who is going to shield Johnny?