On Monday afternoon, the Calgary Flames beat the Winnipeg Jets by a 3-1 score at the Saddledome. In addition to representing a somewhat rare triumph in a matinee game, it was also the 10th consecutive victory for the Flames.
The streak, at a glance
Here’s a quick snapshot of the 10 victories:
- 1-0 (in overtime) over Vancouver on Jan. 29
- 4-3 over Dallas on Feb. 1
- 4-2 over Arizona on Feb. 2
- 6-0 over Vegas on Feb. 9
- 5-2 over Toronto on Feb. 10
- 5-2 over NY Islanders on Feb. 12
- 6-2 over Columbus on Feb. 15
- 6-2 over Anaheim on Feb. 16
- 2-1 over Seattle on Feb. 19
- 3-1 over Winnipeg on Feb. 21
Three of the games were one goal victories, while another was a one goal victory padded by an empty-netter.
The Flames won eight games at home and two on the road. Their last home loss was Jan. 13 against Ottawa, itself a run of 10 wins in a row on home ice.
Team highs and lows
Most goals for: 6, against Vegas, Columbus and Anaheim
Fewest goals for: 1, against Vancouver
Most goals against: 3, against Dallas
Fewest goals against: 0, against Vancouver and Vegas
Most scoring chances for (5v5): 44, against Arizona
Fewest scoring chances for (5v5): 16, against Toronto
Most scoring chances against (5v5): 24, against Arizona
Fewest scoring chances against (5v5): 11, against Seattle
Most high-danger chances for (5v5): 18, against Arizona
Most high-danger chances against (5v5): 13, against Arizona and Winnipeg
The Flames led for 311 (51.8%) of the 600 minutes of the past 10 games, trailing in-game for just 37 minutes (6.2%) of the streak.
Individual highs and lows
Most goals: 9, Elias Lindholm (three of which were game-winning goals)
Fewest goals: 0, Nikita Zadorov, Milan Lucic and Brett Ritchie
Most assists: 9, Johnny Gaudreau
Fewest assists: 0, Tyler Toffoli and Brett Ritchie
Most shots: 32, Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm and Mikael Backlund
Fewest shots: 6, Brett Ritchie
Most individual expected goals: 4.24, Elias Lindholm
Fewest individual expected goals: 0.57, Chris Tanev
Most on-ice goals for: 21, Johnny Gaudreau
Fewest on-ice goals for: 0, Brett Ritchie
Most on-ice goals against: 11, Rasmus Andersson and Noah Hanifin
Fewest on-ice goals against: 1, Chris Tanev and Erik Gudbranson
Best goal differential: +15, Johnny Gaudreau and Oliver Kylington
Worst goal differential: -2, Brett Ritchie
Most wins: 10, Jacob Markstrom
Fewest wins: 2, Dan Vladar
Most saves: 46, Jacob Markstrom (vs. Toronto)
Fewest saves: 15, Jacob Markstrom (vs. Vancouver)
Following Monday’s win, Flames head coach Darryl Sutter was asked a couple times about the streak.
“I don’t put a whole lot into 10 in a row unless they were 10 in a row in the playoffs,” he quipped.
When asked about the team’s play at home, Sutter explained why playing well at home is important.
The two things, the constants that have been asked about us are about the streak and how many goals we’re scoring. Well, if you look at the streak and when we were scoring four or five goals, they were just coming in bunches. You’ve got to play low scoring games. it’s very simple. For this outfit here, that’s the way it’s gonna work. Their mantra was ‘outscore the other team.’ Hasn’t worked for several years. You’re just going to try to outscore their team. You’ve got to be able to shut teams down and take advantage of it, and how you do that is is getting that identity at home. Very simple.
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