With only 9 games remaining in the season the young Calgary Flames team dropped more points against a non-playoff contending team. Surprisingly at this point in the season the team appeared ill-prepared. With one of the top PKs in the league, largely because they don’t take penalties, tonight was different. Although there were no goals on the man advantage, there were seven shorthanded opportunities for Dallas. Some fans on Twitter were complaining about the officiating. All of Calgary’s calls were definitely penalties. They certainly were soft for the Dallas Stars, but this one is on Calgary’s discipline.
If you want to be a playoff team then you need to play your best hockey at the end of the season. Dallas is playing very well although they won’t make it this year. The Flames matched a much improved Stars team, and had more chances, but coming with one point is probably exactly what the team played for after the 65 minutes plus shootout.
Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. In fact, a broken clock is right twice a day. Why all the cliches? Well, Deryk Engelland scored twice.
The vets on the team need to pick up their game and start scoring, that’s obvious. That is not to make the playoffs if Engelland is scoring all the goals, even if it’s fun to watch.
Other post-game thoughts:
– Kari Ramo in net again. It was solid but didn’t steal the game in a time when we could use the help.
– fourth line largely irrelevant. Although penalty kill was good.
– Josh Jooris takes a regular third line shift. He can kill penalties but is largely ineffective elsewhere.
– Gaudreau where’s a mouth guard but for some reason doesn’t like to keep it in his mouth even when he’s skating.
– The Flames had PP opportunities but they blew them away. Diaz played I week game and the coaching staff should consider replacing him with Potter. Colloidal anything happens this late in the season.