The Calgary Flames are secured a tight playoff race, that made Wednesday night’s come-from- behind 3-2 overtime win over the checking out Columbus Blue Coats that much more essential.
Getting in the contest, interim head coach Geoff Ward’s team was sitting 5 points behind the second- location Edmonton Oilers in the Pacific Division and, precariously, one point ahead of the Vancouver Canucks, who sat in the Western Conference’s first wild-card area; nevertheless, they are in control after getting 7 of a possible 10 points on their current 5-game trip and with playing 11 of their last 15 games at home.
They ultimately skating away with the triumph, however it was challenging. Here are two big takeaways from the Flames’ 35 th win of the season
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The Flames are not a first- duration team
Prior To the game, Calgary was connected for 21 st in the NHL with 5 teams for the worst goal differential in the first duration ( minus-7). They ranked 12 th for least objectives scored (55) and 12 th for most objectives permitted (62).
It was no shock, then, that the Flames tracked 2-0 after the first 20 minutes, with the second goal coming off a turnover in the neutral zone. With the two tallies, the Flames are now connected for second in the NHL for a lot of objectives allowed the first duration at home.
“I didn’t think we were particularly sharp, as sharp as we needed to be at the start” was how Ward framed it.
Thankfully for him, his group got the rate in the second and 3rd durations to eke out the OTwin Going out to much better starts will be crucial for this team; nevertheless, it needs to be kept in mind that the Blues permitted the most objectives versus in the first duration (24) throughout in 2015’s playoffs– while just scoring 23– and well, they still won the Stanley Cup.
Webcam Talbot need to be the starter
In spite of permitting the two early objectives, Talbot was strong in net once again. He stopped 20 of 22 Columbus shots.
That has actually been the standard of late for the veteran, who considering that the last edition of the Fight of Alberta on Feb. 1, where he notoriously combated Edmonton equivalent Mike Smith, ranks second in least objectives permitted (17) and in the top 20 in save portion amongst netminders who have actually played a minimum of 7 games.
Flames’ goaltender statistics after Feb. 1
Talbot has likewise posted much better numbers compared to All-Star goalie David Rittich considering that the calendar turned to 2020– consisting of two nothings.
Goaltender statistics considering that Jan. 1
The Flames have actually played 11 home games considering that Jan. 1, with Talbot getting most of the starts. Neither goalie has actually been remarkable in front of the Saddledome faithful this calendar year– or the whole season, to be sincere– with 10 of the team’s last 14 games at home, it would be wise to ride Talbot’s hot hand with a playoff berth on the line.
Goaltender statistics considering that Jan. 1 at home