Calgary Flames @ Columbus Blue Jackets, 5 PM MT, Nationwide Arena, Columbus OH
|TV:RSNW, Fox Sports Ohio|
|Radio: Sportsnet 960|
The Flames pull into Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets in game 3 of their East coast swing. The trip has been an even split so far for the good guys with a win in Detroit and a truly awful loss in Buffalo. Calgary’s PK was a nightmare against the Sabres as the Flames allowed 3 short handed goals on 7 attempts. While the West and Pacific aren’t the toughest so far this season, the Flames can’t afford to be dropping out of conference games. Columbus isn’t an easy take for the Flames either. 10-17-0 is the Flames record against the Blue Jackets at their home rink and they split last season with each team winning in their opponents building. The Flames have struggled with scoring all season, but it’s been a bigger issue with Johnny Gaudreau being out and Columbus isn’t exactly the team to try and get back on track against. The Blue Jackets rank 28th in the league in goals allowed with only 40 pucks making it past their goaltenders so far.
Columbus is having themselves quite a month as November comes to a close. As the leaves have started to turn, the Blue Jackets are an impressive 7-2-1 in the month of November and have won 4 of their last 5. The Jackets also own the league’s best power play at 31.1 % which doesn’t bode well for the Flames declining penalty kill. The Blue Jackets are in the middle of the Eastern Conference pack and their 23 points puts them 7 behind the East leading Montreal Canadiens.
Here’s how the team match-up:
|5th Pacific||Division||4th Metropolitan|
|9th West||Conference||5th East|
|Frolik (6)||Goals||Foligno (7)|
|Frolik (14)||Points||Foligno (18)|
|Johnson (.911)||Save %||Bobrovsky (.931)|
|8.4 % (30th)||PP %||31.1 % (1st)|
|72.7 % (29th)||PK %||83.3 % (11th)|
|Flames: Johnson (E)||5-3-1||2.31||.911|
|Blue Jackets: Bobrovsky (E)||10-4-1||2.19||.931|
Calgary Flames 2 Buffalo Sabres 4
The Flames took a completely winnable game against the Sabres and turned it into an absolute nightmare, losing 4-2. Calgary grabbed an early 1-0 lead, but they gave up 3 short handed goals in 1:41 and that was all she wrote. Here’s our recap, the highlights, Mark Giordano’s post game comments and the stats from the game.
Columbus Blue Jackets 2 Colorado Avalanche 3 (OT)
The Blue Jackets had a 4 game winning streak snapped as they lost in OT to the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. Cam Atkinson scored his 6th and 7th goals of the season, but it wasn’t enough to keep the streak going. Here’s the highlights.
Players to Watch
Calgary Flames: Mikael Backlund (C). Backlund’s offensive game has started to come alive on the Flames current road trip. Coming into this 6 game swing Backlund had 1 goal and 6 assists, but he’s gotten a goal in each of the 2 road games so far. He tied his season high with 6 shots on goal against Buffalo and he, along with Michael Frolik and Matthew Tkachuk have taken over as the Flames top line. In his last 5 games against Columbus he’s collected 3 assists.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Brandon Saad (F). Much like the Blue Jackets, Saad has enjoyed the month of November. He’s collect 9 points, 1 goal/8 assists, in Columbus’ 10 games. At home he’s a rock solid +8 and has 10 points. He hasn’t had a ton of success against the Flames, registered 5 points in his last 10.