CALGARY FLAMES 7-3-4 AT OTTAVA SENATE 3-9-1
Tonight, 5 pm, Canadian Tire Center
RADIO: TSN 1200 AM, Unique 94.5 FM
THE TKACHUK CUP
Senators captain Brady Tkachuk and his brother, Matthew, a winger for the Flames, saw a lot of each other last season when both teams in the all-Canadian Northern Division. This time it will return to normal with the two brothers facing each other only twice this season. Ideally, they would like to be teammates in the U.S. Olympic team in Beijing in February; that decision will be made in January. It’s always fun to watch them face off and mom Chantal Tkachuk will be in the house for this one. It’s a special day for the family.
Johnny Gaudreau 14 4 11 15 +7
Elias Lindholm 14 7 7 14 +10
Andreo Mangiapane 14 9 2 11 +3
Drake Baterson 13 5 7 12 -1
Josh Norris 13 6 3 9 +1
Connor Brown 11 2 5 7 -7
CGY PP 23.3% 8th; PK 84.1% 11th
OTT PP 16.3% of 21; PK 70.6% 28th
THREE THINGS REGARDING
1. After a 2-1 loss in overtime against the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Friday night, the Flames are undefeated in three straight. They will be well rested as they prepare to face the senators after spending an off-day in Ottawa on Saturday. This is the third game of a six-game swing for the Flames; It lasts Tuesday in Philadelphia. Calgary has started well this season, but needs to get out of this rough patch.
2. The Flames had a tough time against the Senators last season when Ottawa went 6-3-0 against them. The Senators were 4-1-0 at home during that series. Ottawa scored four straight wins over Calgary from March 7 to April 19. Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau was nearly a point player against the Senators, with six goals and 20 points in 21 career games. The Flames have struggled to put the record into the net lately, with just four goals in their past three games.
3. The Senators went into Saturday’s home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 1-8-1 record in the previous 10 games, leaving them in last place in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa had eight players in the COVID-19 protocol, as well as assistant coach Jack Capuano. Ottawa spoke with the NHL about the idea of postponing the games this weekend, but with the schedule tight due to the Olympic break in February, the NHL did not want to make changes. Hopefully see Anton Forsberg start networking in this, as Matt Murray remains in the COVID-19 protocol.
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