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3 Things From Week 24: Hat Tricks, BoA and Shutouts

It was a mixed bag of good and bad in week 24.

Edmonton Oilers v Calgary Flames Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

It was another tough week for the good guys as the Flames record after 7 days was 1-2-0 and they find themselves sinking further and further away from the playoffs. The Flames are 4 games behind the Anaheim Ducks for the last WC spot and 6 points behind Colorado for 7th place in the Western Conference.

Just as Calgary needed it’s best players, 1 came back ineffective and the others left with injuries. Mike Smith came back and shut out the Oilers, but he surrendered 10 goals in his other 2 starts during the week. As for injuries, Matthew Tkachuk is day to day with an upper body injury and T.J. Brodie left Calgary’s 4-0 loss to Vegas. He stayed in for a bit after getting destroyed by Ryan Reeves and then being responsible for two Vegas goals.

Hat Trick City

NHL: Calgary Flames at Vegas Golden Knights Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

You gotta love a good hat trick. Two is even better.......except when they come at your expense. TWICE this week the Flames let an opposing player score on them 3 times and once it was 4 times!!!! Evander Kane, the malcontent that no Flames fan wanted at the trade deadline scored 4 times in the Sharks 7-4 dismantling of the Flames Friday night. As if that showcase wasn’t enough William Karlsson score 3 second period goals on Sunday to in effect bury the Flames in the span of 8 minutes. These are game the Flames needed to win, but clearly they missed the memo.

At Least They Beat The Oilers

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

The one silver lining in this rough week was Calgary beating the Oilers for the first time in 7 tries. The Flames hadn’t beaten the Oilers in 2 seasons coming into Tuesday night, but a Johnny Gaudreau goal and 28 Mike Smith saves later and the Flames were 1-0 winners over Edmonton. Is the BOA really back? The intensity is there, but until the Flames can shake off their 1-6-1 record in their last 8 against Edmonton, we’ll go with “no.”

Shutout Again

NHL: Calgary Flames at Vegas Golden Knights Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

While the Flames shutout the Oilers, they also found themselves on the other end of a blanking Sunday afternoon. The Vegas Golden Knights shutdown the Calgary offence and sent the Flames away with a 4-0 loss. That was the 6th time the Flames were shutout this season, but that’s not even close to the NHL record. The 2006-07 Columbus Blue Jackets were shutout 16 times that season. 16.