Calgary Flames 17-10-6 (40 pts) – Ottawa Senators 9-18-2 (20 pts)
Television: SNW – Radio: Sportsnet 960
Odds: Calgary (-110) Ottawa (-110) O / U: 6
Calgary is back at the Saddledome after what can only be described as an eye-opening road trip through the Eastern Conference. The Flames went east for four games and after a nice and easy stop in Chicago they were slapped in the face the rest of the way. The Flames have lost three straight to Florida, Tampa and Carolina, while being outscored 16-6. What was billed as a trip to see where the Flames stood in the top echelon of NHL teams turned out to be quite depressing. The Flames have discovered they can be good in the Western Conference, but there’s still a LONG way to go if they have any chance of competing with the top teams in the NHL.
Now all is not bad overall. Yes, Calgary is 5th in the Pacific Division, but they also have over a dozen games that they will have to catch up with at some point in the season due to their own shutdown of Covid and the league which has shut down everything. world during the holidays. So yes, the record and the standings are not very good at the moment, but there is still some way to go for Calgary. And they will finally be able to cook at home. Of their 33 games so far this season, 22 have been on the road (13-7-2), which is just nonsense. This home cooking kicks off tonight against a battered but well-rested Ottawa Senators team.
Ottawa has struggled this season. They had a streak where they lost 11 of 13 at one point. They were ravaged by Covid and have always played games, including a 4-0 loss to the Flames. Then they had four consecutive reports. Then they came back for 13 games, losing eight, including a two-game losing skid. Then they postponed six games, lost to the Leafs 6-0, and were then arrested for four more games. They haven’t seen the ice since New Years Day, so who knows what will appear tonight.
Ottawa is once again struggling with injury / illness as it faces the Flames. Currently seven players are listed as injured / absent / sick on their roster and the Flames appear to be in good health. Calgary needs a win tonight, which seems ridiculous considering it’s Ottawa in town, but it is imperative that they get two points in this game. It’s a stoned team that hasn’t played in 12 days and the Flames haven’t dominated the home ice when they were there. Calgary is 4-3-4 at the Saddledome this season and they MUST take advantage of a Senators team that is 4-9-2 on the road.
The face-off takes place at 7:00 p.m. MT du Dôme.
|Calgary Flames||Ottawa Senators|
|5th Pacific||Division||7th Atlantic|
|Mangiapan (18)||Responsible for objectives||Norris (14)|
|Gaudreau (38)||Points leader||Batherson (28)|
|Gudbranson (35)||PIM||Tkachuk (56)|
|Markström (.926)||To safeguard%||Forsberg (.903)|
|21.4 (11th)||PP||19.2 (18th)|
|83.7 (6th)||package||78.1 (21st)|
Starting goalies (E = Expected, C = Confirmed)
Calgary: Markstrom (E) – 12-7-5, 2.15 GAA, .926 SV%
Ottawa: Murray (E) – 0-6-0, 3.67 GAA, 0.883 SV%
Ottawa: Chris Tierney (Covid / Out), Josh Brown (UBI / IR), Nikita Zaitsev (Talon / IR), Colin White (Shoulder / IR), Adam Gaudette (Illness / Daily), Time Stutzle (Covid / Out) , Shane Pinto (shoulder / IR)
Calgary Flames 3 – Carolina Hurricanes 6
Ottawa Senators 0 – Toronto Maple Leafs 6
Players to watch
Johnny Gaudreau (F): 8 points in the last 5 games
Drake Batherson (F): 7 points in the last 5 games
In the fight bus
Mikael Backlund (F): 0 goals in the last 14 games
Thomas Chabot (D): 1 goal in 29 games