Short post, since the Flames play back-to-back.
Ferland played well, Hamilton was fine, Ramo was good. I thought Gio played his best game since the beginning of October.
Of note? Hiller is starting tomorrow. That’s it, that’s all.
The Flames have put 24-year-old third-stringer goaltender Joni Ortio on waivers. The three goalie “system” the Flames found themselves in has finally bitten them in the ass, and even a fortunate injury timing-wise to Hiller can’t save them now.
A few things may happen because of this:
If I may go out on a bit of a rhetorical rant for a moment…
If we’re rebuilding, then why is Ramo here? Wait… why is Hiller here? Is it for their leadership? I doubt it.
Let’s stop fooling ourselves. Put in the rookie, trade your veterans in Wideman, Hudler, Russell, before they lose all value. Keep your leadership in Giordano, groom Monahan to be the next leader.
Come on Brad Treliving. It’s hockey, not rocket science.
Calgary didn’t come out flying in this game, but they did score two goals on four shots on horrible rebounds to chase Anaheim backup goalie Anton Khudobin just 10 minutes into the first period. Calgary’s two goal lead and the Ducks’ really poor play led this fan to believe that the 11-year, 20-game losing streak the Flames have in Anaheim was coming to an end.
Then Corey Perry scored 8 seconds into a powerplay. Then Dougie Hamilton stood still while Rickard Rakell just walked around him to tie the game. Calgary did regain the lead after a pretty pass by Sam Bennett, setting up Michael Frolik’s second of two goals. But that would be it.
By the end of the night, Karri Ramo had let in four goals on 31 shots and Ryan Getzlaf matched a franchise record with five assists. For whatever reason, the Calgary Flames just cannot play a third period this year.
Gaudreau scored in overtime (again) to give the Flames a 2-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. The Flames are 5-0 in overtime thanks to Gaudreau, he’s got two game-winners and has an NHL-leading four points in overtime.
The Flames actually played really well, and if it wasn’t for Scott Darling and his 35 saves, it would have been easier. Afterwards Duncan Keith said he “was the biggest reason why we got the one point, he played great and kept us in the game.”
Why yes, they are slightly better. They have now won two in a row for the second time, three games in a row at home, and are 6-4 in their last 10. Largely in part to Ramo starting to play like an actual starting goalie. Another is the play of the third line of Stajan, Jones and Colbourne. Not only have they been shutting down some top lines, they’ve also started to contribute offensively.
David Jones scored his 100th career goal and added assist to lead the Flames past the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. That’s not only thing he leads with the Flames, he also surprisingly enough leads them in goals this year with seven.
Calgary got out to a really strong start, scoring twice in the first period. The Devils pulled within one goal twice during the game, to make the score 2-1 and 3-2, which made for a really interesting final 5 minutes of the game.
I was really impressed by how the Flames came out in the third period. With New Jersey needing a goal to tie the game, Calgary didn’t allow a shot for the first six minutes of the period.
Karri Ramo was also solid, making 18 saves on 20 shots. But again, this game didn’t ever feel like it was out of hand for Calgary. It was how a home game should feel. Safe. And under control.
“To be competitive and work your way up the standings you have to win at home, first and foremost, and then you try to gain some points on the road,” Jones said. “This is such a great building with our crowd, we have to win here. That’s the bottom line.
Karri Ramo — in his eighth straight start — played really well stopping 37 of the 40 shots the Hawks had. There was just that one 2-minute stretch of the game where Chicago took over, and scored three times in 115 seconds. Ouch. It’s really tough to recover from that in the Madhouse.
David Jones scored (again) for Calgary, and the Flames end the road-trip 1-3. Jones’s 6th goal of the year is tops among the Flames skaters. The Gaudreau, Monahan, Hudler line was held off the scoresheet, save their combined -6 plus/minus.
Ramo started his seventh game in a row, this one in the second half of a back-to-back, while Joni Ortio sits on the bench. Karri Ramo was great thought, making 34 saves on 36 shots for a respectable 0.944 save percentage. I’ve really been focused on save percentage this year, so it’s good that Ramo is finally working his way out of the NHL basement. By the way, did you know that Reto Berra is currently tops in the league in that stat?
Back to the stats that matter. Sean Monahan had two goals, including the overtime winner, and Michael Frolik scored on a fantastic setup from Sam Bennett. Calgary has won four of its past six games and is 4-0 in overtime.
With 44 games remaining, it may be crazy to talk of being out of the playoffs. After all, the Calgary Flames are only 5 points out.
However… 5 points out usually means you have to win 2 games for every point you need to make up, so 10 games. Also the magic number for the playoff cutoffs seems to be about 10 games over 500, so that’s 15 games the Flames need to win – if they go 500 the rest of the way.
So that’s a record of 30-14 (to simplify I’ve removed the loser-point scenario aka 500 hockey) for a winning percentage of .667 the rest of the way. Only 8 teams in the NHL have sustained such a high winning percentage so far this year.
It’s not likely Calgary can be a top 8 team for the remaining 44 games.
Karri Ramo showed up on Thursday and played really well for 54 minutes. He made 26 saves (SV%: .897) for Calgary before — similar to the Colorado game — the Flames just ran out of gas with about 7 minutes to go. Sam Bennett scored Calgary’s only goal.
The game puts them at 5-11-1, so 6 games under 500. To make the playoffs we typically see teams at about 10 games over 500. Being the mathamagician that I am, that means that we’re going to have to win 16 more games that we lose over the remaining 65 games. That’s a lot to make up, and I’m fairly certain it’s not going to happen.
Karri Ramo of this season returned to throw down 27 saves on 31 shots, for a 0.871 save percentage. Maybe that doesn’t sound all too terrible, but then you should check out the goals he let in.
The Flames had a lot of good chances, especially in the third, but Luongo was simply the better goalie. Maybe that’s why it was more noticeable on how poorly Ramo was playing?
Since no one seems to do the 20% of the season writeup, I’ll take that upon myself.
Calgary’s 5-10-1 record is good for seventh in the Pacific division. There are only seven teams in the Pacific division. That also puts them 14th in the Western conference. There are only 14 teams in the Western conference. They are 28th in the League ahead of only Columbus and Toronto. Wow, how bad is Toronto this year? Maybe the coach wasn’t the answer?
MVP of the Flames:
JOHNNY GAUDREAU (5th in the league in scoring)
LVP for the Flames:
KARRI RAMO (last in the league in wins)
Rookie of the 20% of the year:
SAM BENNETT (9 points in 15 games)
JOE COLBORNE (who has finally found his ColBorne Identity)
DEREK GRANT (came out of nowhere to be a serviceable fourth-liner)
DOUGIE HAMILTON (the Flames’ highest-paid player is playing as the 5th defenceman right now)
We’ve won a couple games, which means something is working. And if it ain’t broke, don’t shuffle your lineup.
The current lineup page has been updated to reflect the line combinations that we’ve seen in the last couple games. Also this guy is back!! so he’ll take Raymond’s spot on the fourth line as Hartley tries to ease him back into the game.