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Preview: Calgary Flames vs Vegas Golden Knights 4/7/18 (82/82): A Miserable Season Ends Tonight

Can the Flames stop the red hot William Karlsson? Doubt it.

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

Calgary Flames vs Vegas Golden Knights, 8 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB

Where To Watch & Listen

BroadcastSchedule
BroadcastSchedule
TV: SNE, SNO, SNW
Radio: Sportsnet 960

The Flames final home game of 2017-18 sees the Pacific Division Champion Golden Knights visit the Saddledome to close out the season. The Flames have dropped 9 out of their last 10 and they’ve dropped all 3 games against the expansion Golden Knights. Calgary’s abysmal home record 16-20-4 and Vegas won’t make this easy, even if they’ve already clinched the division. The Golden Knights are 22-13-5 on the road this season, including a 4-2 win at the Saddledome on January 30th. The last time these two meet William Karlsson collected a hat trick in an 8 minute span of the 2nd period and sunk the Flames 4-0.

Calgary can’t score 5 v 5. Calgary can’t score on the PP. This game is an excruciating exercise in futility to end the season. Don’t expect much from the home team tonight as they packed it in and quit a month ago. All that’s left is the HOPE of a respectable end to 2017-18 season.

How They Match Up

Calgary Flames Stats Vegas Golden Knights
Calgary Flames Stats Vegas Golden Knights
36-35-10 Record 51-23-7
82 Points 109
5th Pacific Division 1st Pacific
11th West Conference 3rd West
1-4-0 Last 5 3-2-0
211 Goals For 271
247 Goals Against 221
Monahan (31) Goals Karlsson (43)
Gaudreau (82) Points Karlsson (78)
Hathaway (88) PIM McNabb (52)
Smith (.916) Save% Fleury (.931)
15.9 (29th) PP% 21.6 (10th)
81.6 (9th) PK% 81.5 (12th)
0-3-0 2017-18 VS 3-0-0
0-3-0 Overall VS 3-0-0

Starting Goalies (E=Expected,C=Confirmed)

Player Record GAA Save%
Player Record GAA Save%
Flames: Smith (E) 25-22-6 2.65 .916
Golden Knights: Fleury (E) 29-12-4 2.14 .931

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

Vegas Golden Knights Coverage: Knights On Ice

Last Time Out

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Vegas Golden Knights 3 Edmonton Oilers 4

Vegas had their 3 game winning streak snapped Thursday night with a 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Malcolm Subban got the call and gave up 4 goals on 33 shots. Knights On Ice has the recap and NHL.com provides the highlights.

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny Gaudreau (F). It’s been a frustrating end of the season for Johnny Gaudreau. He lost his top line mate in Sean Monahan, his father had a major medical scare and the Flames have just been terrible all around. Gaudreau hasn’t scored since March 16th and he’s one assist shy of 60, which would make him the first Flame since Theo Fleury to collect 60 helpers. Maybe he can close out the season with one point and at least give the fan something to cheer for?

Vegas Golden Knights

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

William Karlsson (C). The 25 year old native of Sweden has had a career resurrection since coming to Vegas. He has 78 points this season, 43 of those points are goals. His previous career high was 25 points TOTAL in 81 games last season with Columbus. He has 9 points in his last 5 games and he had a hat trick the last time he played the Flames.