Calgary Flames Daily: Jaromir Jagr is finally looking like himself

VANCOUVER, BC - OCTOBER 14: Derrick Pouliot
VANCOUVER, BC - OCTOBER 14: Derrick Pouliot /

The Calgary Flames made us all wait five days just for a poor attempt in a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Let’s check out some more Flames news.

Calgary Flames fans didn’t get any Calgary Flames hockey for five days. And after waiting five long days, the Flames lost in a poor attempt against the Carolina Hurricanes last night. I hate to be such a downer, but they really didn’t look like a good hockey club until the last ten minutes of the third period.

And, again, they took too many penalties. More about that here.

A positive about last night though is that Jaromir Jagr is finally starting to look like himself again. It took a couple of games, and while he’s not the fastest guy in the world, he’s still helping in other areas.

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But last night, he was easily one of the best forwards for the Flames. His puck control is insane and his veteran experience really shows. He started on a line with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan last night, which was definitely the right move. Him and Johnny looked incredible together last Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks.

Jagr has now extended his point-streak to two points, yet no goals yet. Although, he came very close last night. Stupid Scott Darling, doing his job and stopping pucks. Who does he think he is?

Via Calgary Herald:

"“Sometimes the goalies are too good,” Jagr said with a smile after the 2-1 loss.“I’m not surprised anymore. I play in this league so long, sometimes you score ugly ones, too. Sometimes you need to be lucky.”“The second half of the game we had (good chemistry) — it took us a little bit,” said Jagr, who played very little in the second period due to the team’s parade to the penalty box.“It’s kind of new for me and new for (Monahan and Gaudreau). The young guys don’t talk so much, but we have to. It’s not easy when we’re losing and talking about it. The second half we got more chances but it was too late.”"

Jagr had 11 even-strength scoring chances last night, one behind the lead which was Johnny Gaudreau at 12. Every player last night also played well when playing with Jagr on the ice. Only four players had sub-50% CF% at even-strength. Two were Michael Stone and Matt Bartkowski (but we can’t exactly put that blame on Jagr since those two were quite awful last night, if I’m being nice) and Sam Bennett and Kris Versteeg, but both of those players only played 23 seconds with him each.

Let’s hope this continues and he’s the saviour these guys need to stop taking so many penalties.

Some links surrounding the Flames

Francis: Jagr looks good on top line of Calgary Flames (Calgary Herald).

Dougie Hamilton: Jagr’s hockey knowledge rubbing off on young Flames (Sportsnet).

Penalties kill Calgary Flames again in home loss to Carolina Hurricanes (Calgary Sun).

Flames Future Bright Between the Pipes (The Hockey Writers).

Some links surrounding hockey and the NHL

Minnesota Wild want to freeze fan passion in the coolest campaign ever (FanSided).

Era Adjusted: Greatest NHL goal-scoring seasons of all-time (Sportsnet).

Offensive-zone chaos leading to more goals (

Three early-season NHL trends unlikely to continue (Sportsnet).

Next: Why is the Flames defence corps not defending?

That’s all in today’s Flames Daily! The Flames will hopefully gain their momentum back tomorrow night against the Minnesota Wild.