After a win last night and some losses to LA and Anaheim, the Calgary Flames find themselves back in a playoff spot again.
It’s been somewhat of a whirlwind of February and 2018 in general. But after a great win over the Colorado Avalanche last night, the Calgary Flames are back in a playoff spot again. They sit in the third Pacific Division spot, but the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks are right behind them.
We definitely have Edmonton and Arizona to thank for beating those two teams yesterday. The Arizona Coyotes shut out the Ducks 2-0 and the Edmonton Oilers beat the LA Kings 4-3. At one point, I was cheering for Connor McDavid as he was skating down the ice which made my dad look at me shocked and say, “I never thought I’d hear that come out of your mouth.” I guess we either die a hero or we live long enough to see ourselves become the villain?
Mikael Backlund had a three-point night last night in the 5-1 win over the Avs and Jon Gillies stopped 28 of 29 shots. But the one goal he let in was somewhat of a fluke of a goal to let in and definitely not his fault.
With how well of a performance Gillies put up, the Flames backup goaltending situation becomes a little better right now with Mike Smith out. But it can also become more complex. All we know is that we’re lucky the Flames have two competent goaltenders that can hold their own while Mike Smith nurses his injury.
Via Calgary Sun:
"“Are we out canvassing the world for goaltenders right now? No. We’ve got two young goaltenders we think are capable,” said Treliving, understandably pumping their tires with hopes of adding to their confidence.“It’s a big stage for them with not a lot of games under their belt. We’ll continue to monitor and see what happens.”"
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Some links surrounding the Flames
Flames brace for rush to playoffs with win over Colorado (Calgary Sun).
Backlund’s 3 points gives Flames easy win over Avalanche (CBC Sports).
Calgary Flames slip back into playoff position with win over Colorado (Global News).
Flames goalie situation further clouded by Gillies effort (Calgary Sun).
Some links surrounding hockey and the NHL
Bruins acquire Rick Nash from Rangers for multiple pieces (FanSided).
No NHL, no problem for Pyeongchang — but what about Beijing? (CBC Sports).
Plekanec traded to Maple Leafs by Canadiens (NHL.com).
6 things we learned in the NHL: Nylander takes centre stage (Sportsnet).
That’s all in today’s Calgary Flames!