While the 2013 season has been one of the worst in recent history for the Calgary Flames, things have recently gotten even worse as the team is now mired in a season-high five-game losing streak. The Flames are playing for little more than pride at this point, and are a much different team than when the current slide started. Captain Jarome Iginla and top defenseman Jay Bouwmeester were sent away at the trade deadline, and it appears goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff could retire at the end of the season. Up until now, the Flames had not lost more than three consecutive games (three times) at any point during the season.
The Flames haven’t won since Mar. 27, and have been outscored 25-10 over the last five games. They put up a valiant effort in a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Friday, but that was without a doubt their closest game in the losing streak. Kiprusoff’s numbers continue to go from bad to worse, and backup Joey MacDonald has also struggled. Kiprusoff is now 6-12-2 on the season, with a career-worst 3.58 goals-against average and an abysmal .873 save percentage. MacDonald is 4-6-1 with a 3.22 goals-against average, and hit his lowest point of the season on Wednesday, as he allowed eight goals to the Edmonton Oilers while facing 39 shots.
Since the Flames didn’t move Kiprusoff, he’s likely in line to start almost all of their remaining 11 games. With little or no offensive support, it will be quite a feat if he can steal a signature win or two so his career doesn’t end on a completely sour note.