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NHL trade deadline 2020: Do Flames still need top-six forward after recent offensive outburst?


The Calgary Flames’ offense has been firing on all cylinders within the month of February with Monday’s matinee being the most recent installment.

On Household Day, Calgary trailed early within the third interval 3-1 earlier than mounting a comeback and scoring 5 unanswered objectives — two of which capped off a first-ever hat trick by Andrew Mangiapane — to defeat the visiting Anaheim Geese 6-4.

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It marked the fifth time within the team’s final six games they’ve scored not less than three objectives in a game and sixth time within the 9 they laced them up for this month.

With the recent scoring outburst, together with two six-goal outbursts within the final week, does Calgary actually need to still purchase a top-six forward? The reply is sure.

The Flames entered the month of February ranked 26th within the NHL averaging 2.63 objectives a game. After its newest win, they moved as much as 22nd (2.85), so it will seem the offense is choosing up steam. Nonetheless, the quantity is barely inflated as they notched six objectives twice towards the lowly Geese and as soon as towards the injury-plagued Sharks.

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Along with his hat trick, Mangiapane now has 13 objectives on the season, which is the third-highest scoring winger on the Flames behind Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau who’ve 20 and 14 objectives, respectively. Sure, the team’s high goalscorer, centerman Elias Lindholm, has 27 objectives and having a spread-out offense that features 18 markers by Sean Monahan is nice. However contemplating that a few of the NHL’s high goal scorers are more than double nearly all of these numbers — on teams that stand of their means of the last word prize — it by no means hurts to have one other weapon within the arsenal.

Matthew Tkachuk turned the fourth participant in @NHLFlames history to register three 20-goal seasons previous to his 23rd birthday (age by finish of season).

The others: Sean Monahan (4x), Robert Reichel (3x) and Jarome Iginla (3x). #NHLStats

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 17, 2020

Add all that into the truth that the schedule is about to get a complete lot more durable for the Flames as they head down the home stretch. In response to, earlier than Monday’s win, Calgary had the 10th-hardest remaining schedule within the league.

The Flames are in a decent race within the Western Convention. As of Monday evening, they now sit two points again of the Pacific Division-leading Edmonton Oilers, with the Vancouver Canucks — who simply added their very own offensive menace — and Vegas Golden Knights between them. Trying behind them, Calgary has Arizona nipping at their heels and a three-point lead over the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets for the 2 wild-card spots.

So, with all these components in place, and regardless of Mangiapane’s hat trick, general manager Brad Treliving will possible discover the trade market to accumulate a top-six forward forward of next week’s deadline. There’s loads to select from: forwards reportedly on the trade block embody Chris Kreider, Ilya Kovalchuk and Kyle Palmieri.

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