Calgary Flames Must Improve Penalty Kill

By Andy Schmidt
Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a rough start to the shortened 2013 season for the Calgary Flames, and they will now be without goalie Miikka Kiprusoff for a while with a lower body injury. The biggest problem with the team has to be the fact that the Flames can’t kill off any power plays right now, and whoever is in net will be in trouble if it continues. Calgary is the second-worst team in the National Hockey League, killing off just 69.6% of power plays. That number must improve for the team to have any chance at making the playoffs.

There is no doubt that any successful team is good against the power play, so that percentage is going to need to rise to at least 80% for the team to stop hovering around the .500 mark and move out of the cellar in the Northwest Division. If Kiprusoff is out for a long period of time, the hopes of the Flames for the playoffs definitely go down in a big way, so Calgary must hope that it won’t be a long time away.

The Flames are presently on a road trip, and I think that they need to use these next two games away from home to figure out the power play problems. The last two games have seen Calgary kill off four of the five power plays against them, so things are improving over earlier in the season, but it must continue to happen. There are players like Jarome Iginla who aren’t getting any younger and need this team to make the playoffs this season, or it could be too late for Iginla’s career.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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