Apologies for the lack of stats summaries lately, last minute trips to America tend to do that. The Calgary Flames got in real tight last night on a weak Chicago Blackhawks defence to try and exploit some goals, basically scrapping all outer shots from the point and tried to force it in on Crawford who held up tremendously. All the following stats are recorded from 5v5 play.
Corsi King - Last nights possession leader was Milan Lucic, 14 CF - 7 CA for a CF% of 66.67%. I didn’t see this coming but i’ve warmed up to the Lucic-Neal trade that i was highly opposed against this summer. TJ Brodie continued his strong play with a CF% of 64.71%.
Corsi Clown - Rough night for the bringer of bread, Andrew Mangiapane, who posted just a 28.57% CF%, albeit in only 7:03 TOI @ 5v5. Maybe he could continue to do more in a top 6 role, but with how others played last night it was probably a good thing he stayed on the bench. The D-dud was (nooooo) Rasmus Andersson who posted a 42.86%. He can’t carry Kylington out of the D-zone every night, so I’ll forgive this minor blip.
Taken by Chance - The best relative scale from the players last night came from Matthew Tkachuk, he had 11 recorded chances for vs only 4 against (73.33%). Sam Bennett had a good game directing 71.43% of his minimal chances towards the offensive end of the rink. Our Dman that allowed the most relative chances was Noah Hanifin, 5 for - 10 against for 33.33% SCF%.
xGF% - Our All-Star, Matthew Tkachuk (79.82%) led the way tonight in creation of scoring chances. No goals for himself but a couple apples on Lindholm’s (71.67%) 2 Geno’s were well earned. Milan Lucic probably should’ve scored last night, with his 74.84% xGF%, but alas it doesn’t always go the right way.
Not surprising Zac Rinaldo, who’s not in the lineup to create scoring chances, finished last at 17.86%.
Game Flow -
The Flames definitely pushed as the game got later, never truly taking a stance of complete domination, but definitely being the team in control for the majority of the match
Game Score - 500th game and he only came in second place, Elias Lindholm did, with a game score of 2.96. He just couldn’t quite edge linemate Matthew Tkachuk who put up a massive score of 3.44. The dynamic between these two forwards is starting to become scary and i’m hoping it keeps up. (I love Lindholm as a Center). Mangiapane finished with a -0.64 which is way off his season average of 0.41. Bad game, doesn’t matter we got 2 points.
Shot Heatmap -
Who needs to shoot from the left point? Not Calgary that’s who. Shoutout to Corey Crawford for playing an excellent game despite his incompetent D failing to limit chances against. Also shoutout to Cam Talbot, he’s been playing well of late.