|55||DETROIT||+210||Ov 6.5,-105||+205||Ov 6.5,+100|
|56||CALGARY||-250||Un 6.5,-115||-245||Un 6.5,-120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8-14-0||+1.8||8-14||+1.8||14-8||2.8||30.5||3.7||33.9|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.1||2-3||-0.1||1-4||2.8||30.8||2.6||25.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||48||136||36||42||50||8||7||1392||9.8%||125||21||16.8%||219|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||22||62||17||17||24||4||4||671||9.2%||58||13||22.4%||105|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||2||5||7||0||0||154||9.1%||16||2||12.5%||24|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||161||37||62||55||7||15||1591||10.1%||156||34||21.8%||269|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||82||21||30||28||3||6||746||11.0%||76||12||15.8%||139|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||4||5||4||0||1||128||10.2%||14||2||14.3%||23|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (All Games)||19||17||582||519||89.2%||0||5-12||-2.4||5-12-0||-2||9-7|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (Road Games)||14||13||448||398||88.8%||0||4-9||-0.8||4-9-0||0||8-5|
|JONATHAN BERNIER(vs. Non-Conference)||6||6||192||174||90.6%||0||1-5||-3.6||1-5-0||-4||3-2|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||131||117||89.3%||0||1-3||-1||1-3-0||-1||2-2|
|JIMMY HOWARD (All Games)||32||31||999||916||91.7%||0||13-18||-1.2||13-18-0||0||15-15|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Road Games)||10||9||294||268||91.2%||0||4-5||+2.6||4-5-0||+3||6-3|
|JIMMY HOWARD(vs. Non-Conference)||10||10||319||298||93.4%||0||7-3||+5.7||7-3-0||+6||5-5|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||101||92||91.1%||0||2-2||+0.9||2-2-0||+1||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||15-9-0||+0.8||15-9||+0.8||18-5||4.3||31.7||3.4||26.7|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+1.8||4-1||+1.8||5-0||4.6||28.4||2.8||28.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||48||176||53||45||74||4||16||1528||11.5%||164||37||22.6%||303|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||24||103||36||22||44||1||11||761||13.5%||78||21||26.9%||186|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||23||6||6||11||0||3||142||16.2%||11||5||45.5%||42|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||137||45||50||37||5||6||1374||10.0%||149||32||21.5%||216|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||81||23||32||21||5||3||641||12.6%||73||19||26.0%||125|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||4||4||5||1||0||143||9.8%||15||3||20.0%||21|
|JON GILLIES (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JON GILLIES (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JON GILLIES(vs. Non-Conference)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|DAVID RITTICH (All Games)||28||25||769||705||91.7%||3||17-8||+5.9||17-8-0||+6||12-12|
|DAVID RITTICH (Home Games)||13||11||332||292||88.0%||0||7-4||-0.5||7-4-0||0||9-1|
|DAVID RITTICH(vs. Non-Conference)||10||8||268||243||90.7%||0||5-3||+0.7||5-3-0||+1||4-4|
|DAVID RITTICH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||120||107||89.2%||0||3-1||+0.8||3-1-0||+1||4-0|
|MIKE SMITH (All Games)||24||23||601||534||88.9%||1||13-10||+1.2||13-10-0||+3||14-9|
|MIKE SMITH (Home Games)||13||13||308||270||87.7%||1||8-5||+1.2||8-5-0||+1||9-4|
|MIKE SMITH(vs. Non-Conference)||9||8||209||179||85.6%||0||4-4||-0.5||4-4-0||-1||6-2|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||108||96||88.9%||0||2-2||-0.9||2-2-0||-1||3-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DETROIT 3.16, CALGARY 3.06|
|12/22/2018||FLORIDA||1-2||L||0, +135||L||6 un||U|
|12/23/2018||at TORONTO||4-5||L||0, +260||L||6.5 ov||O|
|12/27/2018||at PITTSBURGH||2-5||L||0, +230||L||6.5 un||O|
|12/29/2018||at DALLAS||1-5||L||0, +195||L||5.5 ev||O|
|12/31/2018||FLORIDA||3-4||L||0, +105||L||6 ov||O|
|1/2/2019||CALGARY||3-5||L||0, +160||L||6 un||O|
|1/4/2019||NASHVILLE||4-3||W||0, +160||W||5.5 ev||O|
|1/6/2019||WASHINGTON||2-3||L||0, +140||L||6 ev||U|
|1/8/2019||MONTREAL||2-3||L||0, -110||L||6 un||U|
|1/11/2019||at WINNIPEG||2-4||L||0, +180||L||6.5 un||U|
|1/12/2019||at MINNESOTA||5-2||W||0, +205||W||5.5 ov||O|
|1/15/2019||ANAHEIM||3-1||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/18/2019||at CALGARY|| |
|1/20/2019||at VANCOUVER|| |
|1/22/2019||at EDMONTON|| |
|12/22/2018||ST LOUIS||1-3||L||0, -190||L||6 ov||U|
|12/27/2018||at WINNIPEG||4-1||W||0, +130||W||6.5 un||U|
|12/29/2018||VANCOUVER||2-3||L||0, -205||L||6 ev||U|
|12/31/2018||SAN JOSE||8-5||W||0, -125||W||6.5 ev||O|
|1/2/2019||at DETROIT||5-3||W||0, -180||W||6 un||O|
|1/3/2019||at BOSTON||4-6||L||0, +145||L||6 ev||O|
|1/5/2019||at PHILADELPHIA||3-2||W||0, -145||W||6.5 ov||U|
|1/7/2019||at CHICAGO||4-3||W||0, -175||W||6.5 ov||O|
|1/9/2019||COLORADO||5-3||W||0, -175||W||6.5 ov||O|
|1/11/2019||FLORIDA||4-3||W||0, -225||W||6.5 ov||O|
|1/13/2019||ARIZONA||7-1||W||0, -255||W||6 ov||O|
|1/16/2019||BUFFALO||3-4||L||0, -220||L||6.5 un||O|
|1/19/2019||at EDMONTON|| |
|DETROIT: LAST SEASON: 30-39-13, 73 points. Fifth place in Atlantic Division.
COACH: Jeff Blashill (104-105-37, fourth NHL season).
ADDED: F Thomas Vanek, G Jonathan Bernier, F Filip Zadina, assistant
COACH Dan Bylsma.
LOST: F Henrik Zetterberg.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Dylan Larkin. The 22-year-old center was given a $30.5 million, five-year contract to lead the franchise on and off the ice. Larkin led the team with 47 assists and 63 points, surpassing the career highs he set as a rookie two years ago. Without Zetterberg, he will have to do even more this season.
OUTLOOK: The rebuilding Red Wings will likely miss the playoffs for a third straight year, their longest drought since 1979-83. Zetterberg's career-ending back injury was a hit for a franchise that simply can't replace him this season. Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou, all of whom signed multiyear deals last summer, provide some hope as young, talented forwards. Goaltender Jimmy Howard should be able to keep games close, but a shaky defense and lack of quality depth will be tough to overcome.
|CALGARY: LAST SEASON: 37-35-10, 84 points. Finished fifth in Pacific Division and missed playoffs.
COACH: Bill Peters (first season, fifth NHL season)
ADDED: F James Neal, D Noah Hanifin, F Elias Lindholm
LOST: D Dougie Hamilton, F Micheal Ferland, RW Troy Brouwer
PLAYER TO WATCH: LW Johnny Gaudreau. Calgary's top line of Gaudreau, center Sean Monahan and anyone on right wing can be one of the best in the NHL. The 5-foot-9 playmaker from South Jersey is primed for another big season after putting up 84 points in 80 games. It's no exaggeration to say he has become one of the best players in hockey.
OUTLOOK: The Flames should be much improved after firing
COACH Glen Gulutzan, replacing him with Peters, trading Hamilton and Ferland to Carolina for Hanifin and Lindholm and signing Neal. Captain Mark Giordano can go back to playing with old defense partner T.J. Brodie on a deep blue line. Calgary's playoff hopes rest on veteran goaltender Mike Smith in net, or, if he falters, 24-year-old Jon Gillies.
|Flames, Red Wings taking different steps forward|
The warning signs were there for the Calgary Flames to heed. Sure, they were winning games and sitting atop the Western Conference standings, but everybody knew the Flames weren't running on all cylinders and a day of reckoning would come.
So, when the Flames dropped a 4-3 overtime tilt to the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night and saw their five-game winning streak come to a halt, the easy thing for head coach Bill Peters to say would have been, "I told you so."
Except, Peters and the Flames (30-13-5) saw the defeat as a step forward.
"We gave up two shots in the third (period)," Peters said in the aftermath.
"I didn't mind (our game) ... we did a lot of good things," he added.
The test will be how the Flames respond, starting with Friday's home clash against the Detroit Red Wings (18-23-7) to end a five-game homestand in which they've posted a 3-0-1 record. A rebound with a strong performance against the Red Wings could be a sign the Flames are trending the right way, which at this time in the season - and with their spot in the standings - is just as important as a victory.
"We weren't as bad as we've been in past games," captain Mark Giordano said. "They capitalized on some of their looks and get the win. If we would've won in overtime it would've masked things again, but we'll work on things."
The Flames, who will follow the Detroit game by meeting the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night in an important Battle of Alberta, should have forward James Neal back in the lineup after he missed the Buffalo game because of an illness. But it's likely they'll be without defenseman Travis Hamonic for a third consecutive contest due to a family illness.
Calgary will go into the game with several players riding streaks. For starters, Johnny Gaudreau, who became the third-fastest player in franchise history to hit the 70-point mark in a season (48 games), is riding a nine-game streak in which he's collected nine goals and 20 points. Only Kent Nilsson (46 games in 1980-81) and Bob MacMillan (47 games 1978-79) hit the 70-point mark more quickly.
Matthew Tkachuk is on a six-game run with six goals and eight points, Giordano (five games, 3-6-9) and Elias Lindholm (five games 1-6-7) are also piling up points.
You can't say they're rolling, but the Red Wings arrive in Calgary to kick off a three-game Western Canada road trip having won consecutive games for the first time since victories Nov. 28 and Dec. 1, 2018.
The Red Wings, who beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 on Tuesday, are in dire need of a winning streak to have any playoff hopes remaining.
"In the last month we've played good hockey, but at the end of the day this league is about results," forward Thomas Vanek said.
More realistically for the Red Wings, though, is development through their rebuild.
"I think a lot of times with young players, it's a process to learn how to play with the lead," head coach Jeff Blashill said. "It's a process to learn how to win tight games. It's a process to understand how to manage your game, how to manage risk-reward, because that's what it comes down to lots of times. So it's 100 percent a process."
"Our young guys have been real important pieces of this team, they've been through the growing pains," Blashill added. "There's ups and downs that have gone with it, but I think there's a growth process that's been real important that I'm excited about."
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 12/14/2019 8:12:09 PM EST|