Calgary Flames @ Ottawa Senators, 5 PM MT, Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa ON
TV: SNF - Radio: Sportsnet 960
Calgary Flames (15-14-3, 33 pts) - Ottawa Senators (10-20-3, 23 pts)
Don’t look now, but here come those pesky Ottawa Senators. Ottawa has lost eight of their last eleven games and what makes them “pesky” is that two of those three victories have come against your Calgary Flames.
Ottawa has been hit hard with the injury bug and all of it surrounds their goalies. Newly signed and counted upon Matt Murray is out with an UBI and is week to week. Backup goalie Joey Daccord injured his leg in a 3-2 SOL to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday and his season could be over. That leaves Ottawa with 22 year old Filip Gustavsson as their current starter, he of the eight saves on eight shots performance to finish out Wednesday’s game. They have signed former Winnipeg Jets goalie Anton Forsberg off waivers, but he still has to finish his quarantine before he can lend a helping hand. So his status could still be up in the air come game time. It’s already been a tough season for the Sens, this situation isn’t going to make it any easier.
And then you have the Calgary Flames. The good guys started off hot under Darryl Sutter, but since going 3-0 they have gone back to their win one, lose one pattern. Calgary just finished a four game set that saw them split with both Edmonton and Toronto, getting four of a possible eight points. Not the best scenario, but that’s about what we thought would be a successful result from those four games. It just seems to appear that no matter who the coach is right now, the Flames just are what they are: average at best. And life isn’t going to get any easier for Calgary either. After these two games with the Senators the Flames will play seven of their next ten against Toronto, Edmonton and Winnipeg and then play five of seven against the Canadiens. Simply put: after those 17 games, you’ll most likely know where the Flames stand in regards to the playoffs.
Calgary and Ottawa have tangled five times this season, going 2-2-1 and losing their last meeting 4-3 in a shootout back on March 7th. For whatever reason, the Flames have struggled with Ottawa and it’s high time the Flames beat up on the bottom dwelling Sens or maybe this team doesn’t deserve a shot to play hockey past May 8th.
Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)
Flames: Markstrom (E): 12-8-2, 2.91 GAA, .903 SV%
Senators: Gustavsson (E): 0-0-1, 0,00 GAA, .1000 SV%
Flames: Goals- Gaudreau (12), Points- Lindholm (28), PIM- Tkachuk (33), Save%- Rittich (.908)
Senators: Goals- Tkachuk (11), Points- Tkachuk (22), PIM: Gudbranson (47). Save%- Gustavsson (1000)
What’s Happening With The Opposition?
Ottawa Senators Coverage: Silver Seven Sens
Last Time Out
Calgary Flames 0 - Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Ottawa Senators 2 - Vancouver Canucks 3 (SO)
Players To Watch
Andrew Mangiapane (F): 4 points in last 5 games
Filip Gustavsson (G): potentially making his first NHL start