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Post-Game: Flames come up empty at Rogers Place

The Calgary Flames are a depleted team, missing Mark Giordano and Mikael Backlund. After playing on Thursday and Saturday, they were a tired team when they visited the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night. The Flames could never quite get their legs under them in a 1-0 loss to the Oilers at Rogers Place.

The Rundown

So, not a ton of things actually happened in this game.

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The only goal of the game followed a Derek Ryan offensive zone turnover and an Edmonton rush into the Flames zone. TJ Brodie lost track of Connor McDavid, and Alex Chiasson was able to feed him for a lightning fast one-timer that beat David Rittich to make it 1-0 Edmonton.

Anthony Peluso fought Milan Lucic in the first period, just following the McDavid goal. Lucic hit Travis Hamonic and it was arguably a late hit. Peluso looked overwhelmed and lost his helmet before the linesman stopped the fight, for the benefit of all involved.

The Oilers controlled the first period (shots 16-10, chances 7-4), but the Flames came back a bit in the second period (shots 10-7, chances 8-6). But they took three penalties in succession in the third period and ran out of gas. Edmonton out-shot them 7-4 in the period, though the Flames out-chanced them 3-2.

Why the Flames Lost

Remember that Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror” episode where Mr. Burns puts Homer’s brain into a robot? That was this game for the Flames. As Mr. Burns declared: the spirit was willing, but the flesh was weak.

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The Flames were playing their third game in four nights. They had no Mark Giordano or Mikael Backlund. They looked equal parts exhausted, out of sync, and over-matched against a rested Oilers squad. It happens. This was what’s known as a “schedule loss,” compounded by the Flames’ roster limitations.

Red Warrior

Rittich made a ton of big saves and kept the Flames in this game for the first 30 minutes.

The Turning Point

Down 1-0, the Flames had a second period power play that generated one shot and an early third period power play that generated one Flames shot (and one Oilers shot). Had they buckled down on either of those man advantages, this could’ve been a different game.

The Numbers

(Percentage stats are 5-on-5, data via Corsica.Hockey)

Player Corsi
Hamonic 71.4 45.5 0.850
Lindholm 68.0 50.0 0.350
Monahan 66.7 50.0 0.930
Tkachuk 64.7 25.0 0.250
Gaudreau 64.3 50.0 1.175
Ryan 63.2 25.0 0.370
Bennett 60.0 25.0 0.305
Brodie 56.3 33.3 0.050
Hanifin 54.2 42.9 0.350
Quine 45.5 0.0 -0.040
Kylington 40.0 50.0 -0.125
Hathaway 37.5 0.0 0.160
Andersson 37.0 0.0 -0.500
Prout 34.6 50.0 -0.550
Peluso 33.3 0.0 -0.200
Neal 32.3 50.0 -0.710
Mangiapane 32.0 50.0 -0.200
Jankowski 25.9 50.0 -0.515
Rittich 2.150

This and That

Bill Peters’ Line Shuffler kicked on midway through the game. Brodie and Rasmus Andersson were broken up, with Brodie paired with Travis Hamonic and Andersson paired with Noah Hanifin.

Peluso was largely benched for the duration of the game, suiting up for five shifts and 2:28 of total ice time.

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The Flames (19-10-2) fly home and are off on Monday. They host the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

  • JusAFlamer

    wasn’t really expecting a win. 3rd in 4 vs rested team, without gio or backs and with a bunch of non regular roster players in lineup. Really annoyed with the refs though, oilers were mauling flames all night with no calls, but when flames did anything at all was off to the box. Not really blaming the refs for loss BUT i will say they were garbage tonight

  • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

    Calgary ended up out chancing Edmonton 5-v-5. Hahahah. Despite having to play the second best team in the West the night before and without our best defenseman (a caliber of defenseman Edmonton could only dream of the last decade or so) and without one of the top shutdown centre in the league and to top it all off Edmonton got every single call in the books from the refs (Power Plays were 5-2 in favour of Edmonton) and their goalie STILL had to stand on his head to win 1-0. Bahahahah. What a joke of a franchise. Got to love Hitchcock coming in and trapping it up, not only will the Oilers end up outside of the playoffs looking in again, but they also get to watch mind numbingly boring Hockey all year with that dinosaur behind the bench.

    The Taylor Hall Trade is one for one!!!

    • Leichs

      Lmao you are so salty and the amount of cheers this gets just showcases the derps living in cowtown. Rittich kept you in the game for the first two periods exactly like he did in the first game when he stopped three breakaways in a row. The Oilers not scoring many goals refllects on your goalie and nothing else. We smashed 7 in against the Wild last game. The Flames looked dangerous maybe three or four times ALL NIGHT. The Oil had breakaways and odd man rushes out the ass. You say Koskinen had to stand on his head to keep us in thats just comical because it was in fact your goalie that kept you from getting blown out. Get shut out.

      • FlamesFanOtherCity

        OMG, you scored 7 against the WIld? Was that the night after they lost Koivu? Wasn’t Stalock the same goalie the Flames played the night before, being inserted after Dubbie gave up 3? Impressive win that was. And you are gloating over a win where you couldn’t muster a single PP goal with 5 tries? Remember your past glory with Gretzky scoring on guys with shinpads for goalie pads and the Old Boys telling you they have a plan. Plan is to bore the fans to sleep and hope that a win comes at the end of a long 60 minutes. No wonder McFlu took a sick day from work. Ask him about playing for Hitch.

  • flamesburn89

    A few takeaways from me after tonight:

    – I don’t know what goalie interference is anymore. At this point it feels like if you stand too close to the goalie, you’re gonna get penalized. Not sure if that is the spirit of the rule.

    – David Rittich was a monster again. I get that Smith is playing better than before, but Rittich has been incredibly consistent and has held the Flames in games when they’ve struggled early. He deserves, at the very least, a 50/50 split moving forward.

    – If anyone doubts the value of Backlund playing with Tkachuk, they might wanna go back and watch this game. Backlund is not a world beater offensively, but he is significantly better than Jankowski, Bennett, and Ryan. His defensive contribution against star players like McDavid is where his real value comes in.

    – Credit to Hitchcock, he knows that besides McDavid/Draisaitl/RNH his forwards are pretty bad, so he’ll have them clog up the neutral zone for the majority of the game and then loosen the reins when McDavid gets back on. They will be a tough team to play if they keep this up.

    – Flames were without their best player and captain. I shudder to think what the Oilers would have looked like if they had been faced with the same circumstance.

    • Korcan

      McDavid is an amazing talent, but apart from him there is not much there up in Edmonton. Both Draisaitl and RNH have the stats they have for one reason only — being Connor’s wingmen. When they are separated from him, they appear merely average (i would be very curious to know their stats away from McDavid vs. their stats with if anyone can provide such info). Draisaitl has to be one of the more overvalued and overpaid players in the lesgue. At least RNH has a decent 2-way game that gives him added value. Is there another team (not counting LA and Chicago) with as many burdensome contracts as Edmonton? Whoever replaces Peter is going to have quite the challenge fixing that roster.

      • Bills Bills

        One season only? You’re not paying any attention are you? Draisaitl has 241 points in 299 games. Plus 16 points in 13 playoff games. You still want Johnny hockey over him? Okay by me. I will take the massive center with a mean dominating physical side over the turnover machine every single game.

      • Fat Steve

        I had to trash because #29 is overpaid yes, but everyone in the NHL is. His agent is more to blame then the player. He does has a weird slowish/fastish skating style though plus he seems to be sort of strong on the boards, he is not as bad as you say he is and he definitely isn’t worth 8.5m ATM.

    • Bills Bills

      In the same circumstances you mean missing their best DMan? Aka Sekera. Yeah it has pretty well been two seasons. You know, since they were a knee on knee hit which left them one win away and a Kessel pad pull from the conference finals?

      BTW they never clogged the nuetral zone. You literally know zero about hockey.