If you want to have a look at a team that’s not really good and probably playing for the top draft pick next year then tonight was the night. Although the Carolina Hurricanes have a number of key injuries, Calgary was dominant in all facets of the game. They looked perhaps too good at times. Here are post-game thoughts:
– Jonas Hiller has stopped 99 of his last 101 shots. Tonight he gets his first shutout as a Flame.
– No roster changes since the Tampa game, but the lineup did shift and it paid off. Colbourne moved to the wing and Monahan centered. It paid off as Joe leads the league now in assists and Monahan scored twice.
– Gaudreau largely quiet. Byron with a few great chances but no goals. He did setup Stajan for his first of the season.
– Bouma with his first as well. He centered a line with Bollig and Josh Jooris (which means no McGrattan which is fine).
– Denis Wideman continues his pace setting up the first goal tipped by Glencross.
– Backlund still looking to find his game it seems.
– Washington in town next, theyl’l be a stiffer test. David Jones might be ready to play; Setoguchi out again, this time with the flu. The Flames need to stop sharing water bottles because every other day another player goes down.