A few seasons ago, it was just a given that the Calgary Flames would be one of the stronger teams to represent Canada in the NHL playoffs. Times are different. More than ever fans want to see victories and have those victories be converted into championships.
It is now 2013 and there are certain aspects to this year’s regular season that have transformed the game. One issue is that it is a shortened season–a 48 game season to be exact–and most teams are at the midway point in their season.
The Flames went into the backyard of Hollywood to face the opposition Los Angeles Kings. In a shortened season points matter even more, and if any NHL team wants to be a playoff contenting team, a winning strategy is amplified and a quick turnaround after a loss is needed.
It has been said that a crowd can often times determine the type of energy a team brings to a game. The numbers for the Flames were solid.
The team was a combined 67 percent in the face-off circle. Flames goaltender Joey MacDonald stopped 19 of 22 shots. The middle ground was where the flames weakness lied. They did not strike first and they did not control middle ice.
The sixth man played a huge factor in the game, recently the Flames were feeling dejected after losing to the Kings a few nights earlier 6-2 on the road. The Flames were looking for an opportunity to ignite some fire power into the lineup. Calgary has a glimmer of hope in Mikael Backland, as he scored a goal that made the game Calgary to win and LA’s to lose.
Calgary will entertain the always dangerous Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. The flames hope to light the lamp leading their way to a victory for the Flames faithful.