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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.

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.

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.

Up Next

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

  • Ol_OneNut

    Wat goes up must come down…You guys really didn’t think you were first place good did you?
    Beginning of an expected adjustment. Enjoy the harsh reality that your team really isn’t that deep or that good

    • Captain Ron

      Sorry bud you only wish your team was as good or deep as ours. Especially on defence.
      Let’s have this conversation in May when all of Alberta is watching the Flames in the playoffs. The Flames are a very good team and the numbers back it up.

      • Ol_OneNut

        Deep like Neil Deep or Andersson deep or Mangiapane deep or Bennett deep? lol

        Face it, your tenders are playing lights out right now, do you really think thats sustainable? If so, you’re going to be one sad flamer come april

        • Captain Ron

          You beat our B team bud arguably by one (disallowed) goal under lousy circumstances. Congrats. Seems to me your goalie was pretty good tonight too. You think the only reason we are winning is because of great goaltending? Clearly you are misinformed. Let me help you and your missing nut. The Flames have outscored the opposition 23 to 11 in the five games prior to tonight. If not for the terrible goaltending we have had to endure this year we would be fighting it out for first in the NHL not just the Western Conference. As it is we are 3rd overall in the league. But by all means go ahead and enjoy your one or two man show. You would be giddy to have the highly talented young defence the Flames have and you know it. Neal and Bennett are struggling for sure but we are still winning more often than not. First in the West in spite of having to drag a couple of guys around.

          • Ol_OneNut

            ‘The Flames have outscored the opposition 23 to 11’ Do you really think that’s sustainable too? lol
            Like I said, you’re going to be one sad flamer come april
            Enjoy the sad fall back to reality

          • Bills Bills

            Oilers were missing their top d (all season) and two top six players. So yeah, by your standards, they have been playing with their B squad most of the season and are 6 points back with a game at hand.

          • tank_06

            Pretty sad of sekera is their top d. Third pairing on any other team. Also considering cagguila a top six forward is also pretty sad. That’s like Calgary complaining because stone and Hathaway are injured

          • Captain Ron

            No your right it was only 22 to 12 in the 5 games prior to that 5. Or 45 to 23 in those 10 whichever you prefer. I’m sure it is painful to be looking up at us in the standings all year. Nitey nite now it was supposed to be lights out at 11 in your Ward.

  • 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.