Calgary Flames vs Montreal Canadiens, 4:30 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB
TV: SNW - Radio: Sportsnet 960
Calgary Flames (21-23-3, 45 pts) - Montreal Canadiens (20-17-9, 49 pts)
That speck in the Canadiens rear view mirror has grown a large object approaching at high speeds and that object is your Calgary Flames. With their decisive victory Saturday night the Flames have pulled to within four points of the fourth place Montreal Canadiens. A win tonight and what seemed like an improbable playoff push is full of life.
The Flames have had Montreal’s number this season, winning six of the eight meetings so far and a sweep of this three game set with Habs would be ideal. After the Canadiens leave town the Flames schedule gets a little tougher so getting as many points as they can is a must.
Calgary’s offence has also gotten it’s legs back against the Canadiens, scoring nine goals in these last two games. Johnny Gaudreau is also enjoying some success in this run as well, collecting nine points in ten games this month and six points in the eight games versus Montreal. Add it all up and the Flames are playing very good hockey at a very important time.
The pressure has been shifted to the Canadiens as they are falling apart at the worst possible time and if the Flames continue their strong play they will be knocking on the fourth place door sooner than later. Attitude and body language can be overrated at times, but the Flames look like a much looser unit and a group that is once again having fun playing hockey. If this keeps up, who knows, maybe Calgary will get to the post season after looking like a disjointed team for most of 2021. Here’s to hoping it’s not too late.
Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)
Flames: Markstrom (E): 17-16-2, 2.75 GAA, .903 SV%
Canadiens: Allen (E): 8-9-4, 2.57 GAA, .912 SV%
Flames: Goals- Gaudreau (17), Points- Lindholm (40), PIM- Tkachuk (43), Save%- Markstrom (.903)
Canadiens: Goals- Toffoli (24), Points- Toffoli (35), PIM: Chiarot (46), Save%- Allen (.912)
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Players To Watch
Jacob Markstrom (G): 6-1-0 against Montreal this season, 9 goals allowed in those 7 starts
Tyler Toffoli (F): 5 goals in 8 games against the Flames