The Flames hit the road this past week for 3 games and headed back to Calgary with a record of 1-2-0. The Flames ran into the buzzsaw that is the Washington Capitals and played very well, but lost 4-2. Calgary then headed to Nashville and played a listless game against the Predators and lost 3-1. The Flames would rebound nicely in St. Louis with a 3-2 OT win and find themselves 6th in the West, still in control of the first WC spot. With further adieu, here’s Three Things From Week 25.
Brian Elliott’s Impressive Streak Ends
Mike Vernon’s record of 12 straight wins will live on for another season. Brian Elliott came into Tuesday’s contest with a chance to dethrone Vernon as the Flames goalie with the most consecutive wins, but that did not happen as the Flames lost to the Capitals 4-2. Record or no record, Elliott has been playing out of his mind. With his 1-1-0 record last week, he’s now won 13 of his last 15 and clearly has taken over as the Flames top netminder. And finally this week, after chipping away at it, Elliott also took over the lead in Save %. Chad Johnson has held that title for most of this season, but Elliott snuck past him and now has a Save % of .911, which is tops on the Flames.
Magic Number Is........
3. Oddly enough. Calgary is inching themselves closer to their first playoff birth since the 2014-15 season. All the Flames have to do is win their next 2 games against Colorado and LA and they are in. Wouldn’t it be interesting if the Flames clinch against the Kings, when LA brought in Jarome Iginla to help get them into the Stanley Cup Finals?
And Then There Was 1.
With Brandon Hickey and Boston University losing to Minnesota-Duluth 3-2 (OT), that leaves the only Flames prospect playing in the 2017 Men’s NCAA Frozen Four tournament as Harvard freshman Adam Fox. Fox’s story book first season at Harvard University was extended with Harvard’s 3-2 win over Air Force Saturday night. Fox had a goal and an assist in the Crimson’s first game and collected an assist in their win over Air Force. Harvard and Fox won’t play again until April 6th, when they take on Minnesota-Duluth for the right to go the Frozen Four final.