The Calgary Flames opened up their season by falling flat on their faces against the Edmonton Oilers in a three to nothing victory. That game saw the offense able to generate nothing with only the forwards of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and Micheal Ferland in positive possession and Mark Giordano and Dougie Hamilton on defense. They'll have to be much better if they wish to top the Winnipeg Jets tonight.
Mike Smith will be the starter in net. He was the other lone bright spot for the Flames with a save percentage of over .950. That will generally get a win, but with over 40 shots on net the Oilers netted two goals plus an empty netter to seal the Flames fate as they couldn't keep the puck in the Oilers zone. It's still unknown how Winnipeg will fair this season, but one has to assume that a performance like that by quick would net the Flames a couple of points in the standings.
Winnepeg had their own problems on Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. They were completely decimated to the tune of seven to two in a game that was once seven to one. Steve Mason looked like the Steve Mason from his Columbus Blue Jackets days and will need to rebound if the Jets wish to stand any chance in this one.