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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.

  • Green Bastard

    Attention flame fans, the oil are a one player team. Stop with the parade of excuses. Every team must battle similar or worse issues. John hockey, turtlin’ tkachuk, Lindholm, no one found the back of the net?

  • FlamesFan27

    Flames fans, don’t make excuses. The Oilers outplayed the Flames last night, end of story. Yeah, missing a couple of key players is a factor. As is fatigue. But, every team goes though injuries and tough stretches of the schedule. It’s only one game in a very long season.

  • Derzie

    It’s pretty clear that the Oil trolls think their team beat the Flames last night. Let them have their ray of sunshine. When our Norris calibre captain and our ‘only forward in the league who shuts down Mcdavid down’ comes back, and the team has had a decent rest, they’ll still think they have a team worthy to play the Flames. Until the next match-up, they’ll be sweatpants shopping, cheering MMA & bum fights, and googling ways to get Tkachuk on their team, while we rack up the points.