I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to say that if the Calgary Flames’ powerplay (and penalty killing for that matter) was not last in the league, we’d legitimately be in the running for a playoff spot right now.
That’s why we need someone like Adam Oates. After being fired as a full-time journeyman of a head coach, Oates has travelled around working as a consultant on two different fronts. One, as a skills coach, for players like Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin. The other front is as a powerplay specialist.
Since bringing in a consultant doesn’t threaten the jobs of the current coaching staff, and it doesn’t affect the salary cap at all, I can’t see any reason why we wouldn’t do this. And I say ‘we’ like I have some ownership here, which of course I don’t — although that doesn’t stop me from spending ‘their’ money!
Calgary Flames 5, Edmonton Oilers 3
Edmonton got out to a pretty good start, leading 2-0 after one period and 3-1 at one point in the second. However a 20-shot Flames second period meant four goals (including a short-handed goal!). On the backs of Giordano and Gaudreau – each with two goals – the Flames were able to set a new franchise record for wins at home, 11 straight.