This episode looks at the previous week of Flames games and how the team did. With David Jones coming off the Injury Reserve, who will have to be sent to Adirondack to make room? We’ll run down some of the Flames recent injuries, and look at how the Adirondack Flames are doing.
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On this week’s episode we celebrate the Flames excellent 4-3 road trip. We look at the Josh Jooris callup and Johnny Gaudreau’s first goal of the year. Plus, we break down how the Flames have improved their faceoffs. We have a report on the farm team and our thoughts on the new TJ Brodie contract – and more.
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Happy Halloween everyone. Tonight the kids will be out, both patrolling the neighbourhoods of Calgary as well as on the ice against the Predators. With the Flames losing three of their four centers to injury against the Canadiens, two players will be making their season debut. Markus Granlund and Michael Ferland were recalled from Adirondack in order to replace the ailing Mikael Backlund, Joe Colborne, and Matt Stajan. The two players have combined for 14 points in 17 games on an Adirondack team that has had difficulties to this point with scoring. Granlund played briefly in last season with the Calgary Flames, tallying two goals and an assist in seven games. Tonight’s game will be Michael Ferland’s NHL debut, hopefully his treats will come in the form of goals and assists instead of fun size chocolate bars. We all know Gaudreau will be getting skittles either way.
Backlund has been dealing with Abdominal issues since training camp, and it finally sidelined him. This leaves the Flames with only Monahan as a regular center. Michael Ferland has been recalled to fill the roster spot. Friday’s game will be interesting as Ferland will make his NHL debut and Markus Grandlund will play in his first game of the season.
After being on the receiving end of a knee on knee hit courtesy of Jarred Tinordi, Matt Stajan will be out for at least a month with a likely sprained knee. When seeing the injury, it is actually amazing that it might only be a one month injury. In the same game, Joe Colborne was also hurt. In his case, it was his wrist. He’s only listed as day to day, so he might be available for the Predators game.
In other news, Jonas Hiller will break the alternating starter streak as he will face the Predators on Friday. The Flames play a lot of the same teams in the up coming 10 days that they have just played recently, so they might not want them to see the same goalie twice. If they kept the same rotation, it would have worked out that the same starters would have been going up against the same teams.
The Flames have recalled Markus Granlund to take Stajan’s spot on the roster.
The game this evening had the intensity of a playoff game. A large contingent of Canadiens fans were in attendance and were as boisterous as the hometown faithful. Similarly, of the play on the ice was equally as passionate. The first period was a complete goalie’s dual, with each of Hiller and Price making a huge saves on glorious scoring chances. Hiller stopped Rene Bourque on a breakaway, getting enough of his glove on the shot to send it over the net. At the six minute mark, Montréal took a penalty when PK Subban was called for interference on Lance Bouma. On the ensuing power play, Calgary dominated the play nearly scoring several times, which eventually forced Emelin to hook Hudler causing them to go down two men. The only reason why Montréal was eventually able to kill those penalties was the stellar play of Carey Price. Each team alternated pressure throughout the first period but neither could solve the goaltenders.
The Montréal Canadiens are in town tonight to face the Calgary Flames in their only visit to Calgary this season. Like Tampa Bay and Washington before them this past week, the Canadiens lost to the Oilers in their first game of a back to back. Unfortunately for the Flames, the previous two such contests featured a bounce back effort from the visiting team resulting in a Calgary loss. Not only did Montréal lose to the Oilers, they got shut out by them. I would expect them to be pushing for an early goal tonight to try and make up for that performance. Dustin Tokarski was manning the net last night, so it is likely that Carey Price will be back in for them this evening. On the Flames front, Mason Raymond is unlikely going to be playing as he recovers from a minor injury. Look for David Jones to make his return to the lineup, playing in only his second game of the season.
Mason Raymond was banged up in the game against Washington, and will miss the next one against the Canadiens. It is not known if it’s a longer term injury right now. David Jones is finally healthy and will take Raymond’s place in the lineup. Hopefully he can stay healthy for more than a few games. Also, Adirondack will be getting some reinforcements for the farm as Corey Potter has been waived. It is unlikely that anyone will claim the veteran defenseman. Potter will be a stabilizing force for Adirondack’s struggling defense corp.
The Adirondack Flames have looked like a team that has been poised to break out at any moment. This week they dropped the first two of their three games, losing to Utica and Rochester 3-0 and 4-1 respectively. The Flames have struggled to put the pieces together properly in their seven games, However they were starting to click in their last game against Rochester. They were able to win that one 7-3, and offensively passes were starting to click, when similar such plays would miss their mark in past games.
The Calgary Flames and Washington Capitals each started off the game well. Both sides had scoring chances and some good back and forth action. Add around the halfway mark, Joe Colborne got away with high-sticking Alexander Ovechkin, but ended up taking a penalty on Ovechkin later in the same shift. On that power play, Calgary ended up controlling the play to start until Derek Engelland turned the puck over to Joel Ward who scored on and Karri Ramo. For most of the remainder of the period, the Capitals had the edge in play. Troy Brouwer took a roughing penalty when he pushed Stajan into the Capitals bench late in the first. Dennis Wideman drew the Flames even at one on the ensuing power play firing a hard slap shot over Braden Holtby with only 10 seconds remaining.
Facing Alexander Ovechkin, and the Washington Capitals, at home in Calgary on Hockey Night in Canada will always be an entertaining affair. The Capitals are once again a high scoring team, having four players averaging a point per game or higher. Included in that quartet is rookie Andre Burakovski, who is notable as he was selected with the pick right after Calgary, when they selected Emile Poirier in the 2013 draft. Like the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier this week, the Flames opponents this evening lost to Edmonton in the game prior to visiting Calgary. The Capitals have also been the benefactor of excellent goaltending in the early part of this season. Braden Holtby has posted a 2.13 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage including a shutout in his five games. It will be interesting to see if Bob Hartley continues with the rotation in net after Jonas Hiller shut out the Hurricanes. Speaking of Hartley, when is he going to get a new contract?