The Calgary Flames have done a nice job of making most people forget about the way they started the season. After Wednesday’s 4-3 overtime win in Los Angeles, the Flames have responded for three straight wins following a season opening 3-0 loss in Edmonton nine days ago. Calgary has received stellar goaltending and gotten key saves since last week and will look to make it four straight wins tonight at home to the Ottawa Senators (7 pm, Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960).
Calgary Flames 3-1-0, T-1st Pacific Division
Johnny Gaudreau-Sean Monahan-Curtis Lazar
Matthew Tkachuk-Mikael Backlund-Michael Frolik
Kris Versteeg-Sam Bennett-Jaromir Jagr
Micheal Ferland-Matt Stajan-Troy Brouwer
Mark Giordano-Dougie Hamilton
TJ Brodie-Travis Hamonic
Matt Bartkowski-Michael Stone
Tonight will mark Jagr’s home debut after he played his first game as a member of the Flames on Wednesday night. Jagr said following the game he didn’t like the way he played, but also said that was to be expected after so much time off. In 13:38 of ice time against the Kings, Jagr showed a number of flashes that would lead you to believe he’s still got lots left in the tank, especially in the first two periods. As the game went on, though, Jagr’s conditioning level became his biggest enemy and it limited his effectiveness in the latter stages. In saying that, though, conditioning will only get better over the next number of games, which leads many to believe Jagr can still be a very effective piece for Calgary.
Head coach Glen Gulutzan was not overly happy with his team’s effort two nights ago in LA. Despite picking up the win in overtime, Gulutzan felt his team relied too much on their goaltender and didn’t spend enough time imposing on the Kings. The stats would back that up, too. The Flames had a possession rate of …read more