Post-Game: Bubble burst by Jets

With a bunch of roster decisions to make, the Calgary Flames threw together a roster mostly full of players on the bubble and headed to Winnipeg to face a Jets team mostly made of opening day NHL bodies. The Flames had a few nice moments and plays here and there, but ultimately the bubble boys were burst by the Jets. They lost by a 5-2 score, primarily due to (a) Patrik Laine being very good and (b) the Flames giving up four power play goals against.

A bunch of Brad Treliving’s decisions got a bit easier, while a few remain up in the air.

The Rundown

The Jets opened the scoring midway through the first period, with Mark Scheifele scoring 22 seconds into a power play. Three minutes later, Laine scored a nice wrist shot off the rush to make it 2-0. The Flames answered back, though, with Monahan scoring a beauty. He accepted a pass from Spencer Foo right as he entered the zone and went top-corner on Steve Mason to make it 2-1.


Before the period ended, Matthew Tkachuk tied it up with a really nice shot off the rush to make it 2-2 heading into the intermission.

Shots were 11-9 Jets.

Winnipeg scored two more in the second, both on the power play. Laine sniped a shot past Eddie Lack early on to make it 3-2. Three minutes later, Laine hit the post and the puck bounced into the crease for Nikolaj Ehlers to poke it to make it 4-2. Shots were 17-9 Jets.

The third was very low-event offensively. The Jets played decent defense and the Flames seemed too worn down to make much happen. Jacob Trouba caught Marek Hrivik with an elbow, leading to a scrap with Garnet Hathaway. Trouba got a match penalty, Hathaway was tossed for instigating the fight, and Hrivik left the game due to the shot to the head. Glen Gulutzan had to roll with 10 forwards for the remainder of the game. Dustin Byfuglien scored on a late period power play to make it 5-2. Shots were 10-6 Flames.

Why The Flames Lost

The Jets brutalized them on the power play, with four goals on seven shots. The Flames couldn’t generate nearly enough at even strength to make up the ground their special teams gave up.

The Turning Point

Laine’s second period goal tipped the game. The Flames had clawed back to tie the game after going down 2-0, but they weren’t able to muster the energy after going down 3-2 to claw back again.

Red Warrior

Tkachuk gets the nod here for his nice offensive outing, but Mark Jankowski, Monahan, Dube and Foo all looked pretty good. (Once Gulutzan shuffled lines late in the game, Dube ended up on the left side of Jankowski and Foo and it was quite good.)

The Numbers

(All figures via our friends at Natural Stat Trick. Percentage stats are 5-on-5.)

Player Corsi
Jankowski 64.3 22.2 0.575
Poirier 62.5 12.5 0.200
Lazar 61.5 25.0 0.365
Cramarossa 60.0 37.5 0.500
Hathaway 55.6 14.3 -0.175
Hrivik 50.0 28.6 0.235
Bartkowski 50.0 20.0 0.450
Tkachuk 50.0 0.0 1.190
Monahan 50.0 0.0 1.070
Foo 47.6 50.0 0.725
Stone 46.7 22.2 1.100
Kulak 45.8 33.3 -0.325
Wotherspoon 44.0 28.6 -0.175
Valimaki 40.7 50.0 0.025
Andersson 37.9 50.0 0.100
Dube 22.7 83.3 -0.670
Lomberg 16.7 75.0 -0.790
Gazdic 15.8 75.0 -0.900
Lack -0.850
Gillies n/a


There were three fights in this game, one in each period. Ryan Lomberg fought JC Lipon, Garnet Hathaway fought Dustin Byfuglien and Garnet Hathaway fought Jacob Trouba. Circle Oct. 7 on your calendar if you hadn’t already, because that could be quite the spirited home opener.

Up Next

The Flames head home and most likely make some cuts tomorrow. After that, they’re back in action on Thursday night in Vancouver against the Canucks.

  • The Fall

    Last thing those prospects need was Monahan and Tkachuk scoring.

    Sean and Matt were clearly the best on the ice. Janko a distant but competent third. Everyone else goes back to Stockton.

  • BlueMoonNigel

    Lazar cemented his stranglehold on one of the few remaining Flames’ roster spots with yet another typical Lazar performance last evening. He’s special!

  • redwhiteblack

    Poirier can improve and I have faith he will improve. He has a higher ceiling than guys like Hathaway and Lomberg. He could follow the path of Ferland and become a regular with potential to contribute every night. I hope he gets another look and shows continuous improvement to his potential. Seems to be the next ahead of Foo.

    Glad to see Janko looking like a regular. He is one who has shown continuous improvement year over year. That has been his trend. He will get even better. He could give us the option of moving MT up the lineup and play with Backs and Frolik down the road.

  • ThisBigMouthIsRight

    I have a sinking feeling that the Flames will continue to be a bubble team until they make changes with their Special Teams & Goalie Coaches… Hope I’m proven wrong, that would be a great surprise. *sigh*~! We’ll see what the next two games look like.

      • The Fall

        They were all over the ice last night. Monahan was Mr.Fix-it: cleaning up the kids mistakes. Matty Ice looks even more dangerous than last year.

        Foo just isn’t ready; he’s floating around out there like Ovi.
        Poirier is looking better and more poised, but not calm or comfortable with the puck.
        Lazar just looks lazy.
        I’d still take Lomberg as a 4th line winger any day.

        Ras should be the 6th D. But he and Stone both shoot Right… all other D made huge gaffs last night.

  • canadian1967

    I’m not saying that Janko will ever be as good as Monahan, but even though they were drafted a year apart, they are only 1 month apart in age, take that into account when looking at Janko.
    Just for fun think about the fact that Monahan and Draisaitl were also drafted a year apart, and are only 1 month apart in age.
    Of course that means that while Janko and Draisaitl were drafted 2 years apart, they are only 13 months apart in age.
    Not saying that Janko will be as good as Draisaitl, but what if he can be nearly as good as those two are? Add in Bennett and we are possibly going to be very strong down the middle. If they decide to move Bennett to the wing, we could actually in 2 years, when we know what Sam and Mark are, have lines looking like this:

    Gaudreau Monahan Ferland
    Bennett Janko Tkachuk
    Mangiapane Backs Dube

    Or trade Backlund for a nice piece and run with Monahan, Janko, Bennett and Dube at Center.

  • WilliPlett25

    I watched two periods of the game. Unfortunately the wrong two periods. Flames had no offense, no forecheck and passing was sloppy at best. But what I’m most surprised at was the lack of desperation in the play of some of the prospects looking to make this team. Nobody getting noticed for the right reasons. I saw more grit and determination from a group of 13/14 year olds at my son’s Bantam try outs on the weekend. Are these guys tired? Is Stockton really underrated as a destination? I realize it’s preseason, but the prospects need to step it up. Yikes-a-rama.

    • Skylardog

      It looks lazy, but what I think you are seeing is the guys playing the way GG wants them to. They have their sticks open, trying to control the lanes and keep the opposition to the outside. There is no aggression. I believe this is exactly what GG wants because all of them are doing it. It has been happening the whole preseason.