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The Flames Visit Another Covid Depleted Team, This Time It’s Ottawa

It’s been a very rough start for the team from Canada’s capital.

NHL: MAY 09 Senators at Flames Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Calgary Flames @ Ottawa Senators, 3 PM MT, Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa ON

Calgary Flames 7-3-4 (18 pts) - Ottawa Senators 4-9-1 (9 pts)

TV: TVAS, SNW - Radio: Sportsnet 960

Odds: Calgary (-110) Ottawa (-110) O/U: 5.5

The Flames head to Ottawa this afternoon for a showdown with the struggling Senators. Not to be outdone, the Flames aren’t playing their best hockey either. After a torrid start to the season, the Flames have cooled off lately, dropping five of their last six games. The one upside to this losing skid for the Flames is that they’ve been able to pick up a point in three of those loses by failing in overtime. The downside to all this futility is that the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks has come roaring back in the Pacific Division and the Edmonton Oilers have continued to win, so the Flames have dropped a bit in the standings. Yes, it’s early, but Calgary needs to get it together and start playing better hockey and beating the teams they need to take care of. And that starts this afternoon.

The Senators lineup is decimated with Covid-19 and injuries. If you add them all up, Ottawa is down 11 players coming into this contest and have lost 9 of their last 11 games. It’s been a horrible start for the Sens and playing at home hasn’t been a cake walk either. In 9 games at home, the Senators are 3-6-0 and they’ve allowed 48 goals overall, which is the 7th worst in the league so far.

This is a game the Flames SHOULD win, but as we’ve seen lately with this team nothing is guaranteed. They lost to San Jose earlier this week, a team without 11 players, their head coach and head trainer. They lost to a Montreal team that only had three wins. Then they play Toronto extremely tough, shutting them out for over 48+ minutes. It makes no sense, but it’s high time the Flames get it together and take care of business against the teams with inferior records and that they should beat. That task starts today against a bad Ottawa team that gave the Flames fits last year.

Puck drop is at 3 PM MT from the Canadian Tire Centre.

Head To Head
Calgary Flames Ottawa Senators
7-3-4 Record 4-9-1
18 Points 9
Pacific (3rd) Division Atlantic (8th)
44 GF 36
32 GA 48
Mangiapane (9) Goals Leader Batherson (7)
Gaudreau (15) Points Leader Batherson (16)
Gudbranson (19) PIM Tkachuk (31)
Markstrom (.935) Save% Gustavsson (.915)
23.3 (10th) PP 19.6 (17th)
84.1 (10th) PK 73.7 (28th)
1-2-2 Last 5 1-4-0
26-24-4 Overall VS 24-26-4

Starting Goalies (E=Expected,C=Confirmed)
Player Record GAA Save%
Flames: Markstrom (E) 5-3-3 1.81 .935
Senators: Forsberg (E) 1-2-0 4.82 .885

Injury Report
Calgary Flames Ottawa Senators
Brett Ritchie- LBI
Nick Holden- Covid
Austin Watson- Covid
Matt Murray- Covid
Connor Brown- Covid
Josh Brown- Covid
Nikita Zaitsev- Covid
Victor Mete- Covid
Colin White- Shoulder
Dylan Gambrell- Covid
Shane Pinto- UBI
Day To Day
Andrew Crookshank- Knee

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