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Calgary Flames at Tampa Bay Lightning [Game 43]

I'm going to cyber-slap the next person that puts an "E" in "Lightning".

5:30 PM MST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
960 AM CFAC SN Amalie Arena FSFL 970 AM WFLA
League Value Metric Value League
16th 57.1% Points Percentage 75.6% 1st
23rd 13.70% Net Power Play Percentage 23.38% 3rd
23rd 81.75% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 84.03% 14th
23rd 95.45% Combined Special Teams Percentage 107.40% 4th
21st 2.81 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 3.72 1st
15th 2.88 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 2.49 2nd
11th .21 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .23 10th
6th 52.54% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 53.97% 2nd
6th 52.98% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 55.52% 1st
20th 99.80% P.D.O. (5V5) 102.91% 1st
24th 6.99% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 8.99% 4th
10th 92.80% Save Percentage (5V5) 93.92% 1st
Data from and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
Raw Charge

The Calgary Flames head to the sunny state of Florida to play the state's good team, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Hopefully they enjoy their time off-ice while there because Tampa Bay is a nightmare on it. They're an incredibly tough team to beat especially at home and barring a slip up the Flames will need to play their most complete game of the season to win.

It would be enough if the Lightning had the best possession metrics in the league, but no, they also have the best puck luck to go along with it. They come in first in save percentage and fourth in shooting percentage for the best P.D.O. in the league. As a result, they have the league's best offense to go along with the league's best defense - sprinkle in the fourth best special teams in the league and it's easy to see why they're tops in the league in points percentage.

There won't be any changes to tonight's lineup. The decision to call up Marek Hrivik looks more and more curious by the day as he continues to see zero ice time. Instead, Glen Gulutzan continues to roll out Curtis Lazar who looks nothing like an N.H.L. player - 'tis very befuddling.

Mike Smith will be the sacrificial lamb tonight for the Flames. He'll go up against Andrei Vasilevsky (man, at least half of Tampa Bay's roster sounds like made up James Bond characters). Vasilevsky is in discussion for the Vezina and Tampa Bay's decision to ditch Ben Bishop looks brilliant.

The state of Florida uses weird puck drop times and as a result tonight's game will start at 5:35 P.M. M.S.T.