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Calgary Flames at New Jersey Devils [Game 54]

The Calgary Flames take on former Oiler Taylor Hall

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5:00 PM MST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
960 AM CFAC SN Prudential Center MSG+ 660 AM WFAN
League Value Metric Value League
15th 58.5% Points Percentage 59.6% 11th
25th 14.04% Net Power Play Percentage 18.07% 11th
21st 81.61% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 85.80% 5th
24th 95.65% Combined Special Teams Percentage 103.87% 9th
20th 2.83 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 3.02 12th
13th 2.85 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.00 20th
15th .08 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) -.19 23rd
5th 52.32% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 48.90% 20th
7th 52.50% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 49.41% 20th
17th 100.16% P.D.O. (5V5) 99.93% 18th
21st 7.15% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 8.24% 9th
9th 93.01% Save Percentage (5V5) 91.69% 26th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
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The Calgary Flames head to New Jersey to take on the New Jersey Devils. The Devils surprisingly come into this one with a higher points percentage thanks in large part to tremendous special teams. The Flames are a considerably better team at even strength here and the contrasting strengths and weaknesses in this one should make for a stellar hockey game.

Ryan Lomberg is in the lineup in place of Curtis Lazar. Lazar has been atrocious since joining the Flames as one of two forwards with worse possession numbers than Troy Brouwer (the other is Tanner Glass). In theory that should be an upgrade, but Lomberg was putting up A.H.L. numbers worse than Brandon Bollig at the time of his promotion - between Brouwer, Lazar, Glass, and now Lomberg, it's obvious that either Glen Gulutzan have an idea of what they want their ideal bottom six player to be and it's pretty apparent that the ideal player is bad at hockey.

No changes will be made to the defense tonight. David Rittich will get the start tonight after Smith struggled in his last contest. He'll square off against a different goalie that was pulled in his last game in Keith Kinkaid.