Calgary Flames vs NY Rangers, 8 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB
|TV: CBC, MSG+, RSN|
|Radio: Sportsnet 960|
The Calgary Flames welcome the NY Rangers to Scotiabank Saddledome for the first of 2 meetings between these teams this season. If two teams could be polar opposites, it would be NY and Calgary. The Rangers are in second place in the East and the Flames find themselves clinging to a 1 point lead over last place Arizona. This game from all angles looks like a mismatch and shows the potential for another long night at the Dome. The Flames are 3-6-0 against the Rangers since 2010.
The Flames come into this contest trying to snap their second 3 game slide of the season. The Flames dropped a 4-2 decision to Dallas on Thursday, which based solely on the matchup, was a game they should have won. The Flames defence is struggling and they seem to have no identity between the pipes. Brian Elliott was brought in to solidify that position and that hasn’t happened. It’s tough to say the word “desperate” at this time of the season, but the Flames are in almost the exact same predicament they were at this point last year. Not good.
The Rangers meanwhile could be the best team in the East if it weren’t for the 12-1-0 Montreal Canadiens. NY is third in the NHL with 20 points this season and just had a 5 game winning streak snapped by the Vancouver Canucks. The Rangers over that span put the puck in the net 29 times and only allowed 12 goals to get past their stellar goaltenders. The Rangers last played on Tuesday, so they start their current road trip well rested.
Here’s how the teams match-up:
|Calgary Flames||NY Rangers|
|5th Pacific||Division||1st Metropolitan|
|9th West||Conference||2nd East|
|Frolik (5)||Goals||Nash (7)|
|Frolik (10)||Points||Hayes (13)|
|Johnson (.893)||Save %||Raanta (.926)|
|8.0 % (30th)||PP %||22.4 % (8th)|
|72.1 % (29th)||PK %||84.2 % (11th)|
Calgary Flames 2 Dallas Stars 4
The Flames last took to the ice on Thursday right and dropped a disappointing 4-2 decision to the Dallas Stars. Johnny Gaudreau seemed to hit his stride, getting 2 goals, but it wasn’t enough to propel the Flames to victory. Here’s our recap, highlights, Glen Gulutzan’s post game and the stats from the contest.
NY Rangers 3 Vancouver Canucks 5
The Rangers were on a tear and then they ran into the Vancouver Canucks? NY dropped a 5-3 decision at home on Tuesday night, snapping a 5 game winning streak. The game was tied going into the 3rd, but the Canucks broke it open with 2 goals from Alex Burrows and one from Henrik Sedin. Here’s the highlights.
|Flames: Elliott (E)||3-7-0||3.30||.885|
|Rangers: Lundqvist (E)||7-4-0||2.39||.908|
Players to Watch
Calgary Flames: Johnny Gaudreau (F). Yes, he was one of our players to watch last game and it worked. Gaudreau netted two goals for the Flames in the loss and looked more like the Johnny Gaudreau Flames fans are used to seeing. In 4 career games against the Rangers Gaudreau has 4 points, including a 2 goal, 1 assist performance last season on December 12th.
NY Rangers: J.T. Miller (C). Miller is an astounding +12 on the season so far for the Rangers. So not only are teams not scoring when he’s out there, he’s also had a good month of November on the offensive side of the rink as well. In the 5 games the Rangers have played this month he has 2 goals and 2 assists.