Calgary Flames (34-16-6) at Florida Panthers (23-24-8)
5 p.m. MT, BB&T Centre, Television: Sportsnet West Radio: Sportsnet Enthusiast 960
THE Huge MATCHUP
Panthers C Aleksander Barkov vs. Flames C Sean Monahan
There weren’t several positives for the Flames in opposition to the Lightning on Tuesday night, but it could be argued that Monahan’s two aims manufactured him something of a vivid location – he’s now obtained 65 points on the season, a vocation large. Barkov, in the meantime, has been held off the scoresheet for two game titles after a pink-incredibly hot streak where by he place up 9 points in 6 game titles. The Flames have been permitting way as well several aims just lately, and silencing the Panthers’ top scorer would be a good start in the direction of rectifying that.
Five Things TO Observe
- End THE FREEFALL
The Flames have strike a tough patch. They’ve dropped points in four of their very last five game titles and obtained terribly outplayed by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. They’ve permitted 21 aims around that extend, so any improvements are going to require to start on the defensive close of the ice, even though Mark Giordano also emphasized the require to aim on the forecheck. There have been good game titles and negative game titles on this recent dropping skid, so it does not sense like there’s 1 distinct matter that’s ailing them. The Flames require a win, however.
- NO MAN’S LAND
With all due regard to the Panthers, when you look at the Jap Meeting standings, they are just kind of sitting there and not accomplishing a full lot of anything at all. With 54 points so far this season, they are nowhere in close proximity to the playoff race, but they are also a minimal in advance of dumpster fires like the Ottawa Senators. The Panthers definitely have times where by their youthful prospective is intriguing, but inconsistency has plagued them and they are coming off two lopsided losses to the Lightning and Stars.
- Transform IT UP
Flames head coach Monthly bill Peters promised line adjustments after Tuesday’s reduction. His crew didn’t follow Wednesday, so it’s a minimal difficult to know what individuals adjustments are going to look like, but we anticipate that the famed 3M line is going to be split up. Michael Frolik has place up 1 stage in 9 game titles. Matthew Tkachuk hasn’t recorded a stage in his very last 6, and Mikael Backlund has absent four. Defensively, they weren’t specially successful in opposition to the Lightning both, so it’s risk-free to assume they’ll be split up Thursday.
- Very last TIME OUT
Irrespective of their respective spots in the standings, it was a seriously enjoyment, competitive matchup very last time these teams confronted off. On Jan. 11 at the Saddledome, the Flames battled back from a two-purpose deficit with four straight aims to just take a thrilling 4-3 win. Frolik was the star that night, notching a purpose and two helps.
- Even now AT IT
Followers in Calgary really don’t require any reminders that Mark Giordano is even now chugging along and placing up big quantities, but his purpose on Tuesday place him in good firm. It was is 55th stage of the season, making him the 10th defenceman age 35-or-older in NHL heritage to notch 55 points in a season. No person experienced completed it given that 2010-’11 when Niklas Lidstrom pulled it off, and Giordano also only requires 1 more stage to match his one-season vocation large of 56, established in 2015-’16.
Here’s what coach Monthly bill Peters experienced to say after Tuesday’s reduction in Tampa:
Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Elias Lindholm
Matthew Tkachuk – Mikael Backlund – Michael Frolik
Sam Bennett – Mark Jankowski – James Neal
Andrew Mangiapane – Derek Ryan – Garnet Hathaway
Mark Giordano – TJ Brodie
Noah Hanifin – Travis Hamonic
Oliver Kylington – Rasmus Andersson
Mike Hoffman – Aleksander Barkov – Evegenii Dadonov
Jonathan Huberdeau – Vincent Trocheck – Frank Vatrano
Derick Brassard – Henrik Borgstrom – Denis Malgin
Jamie McGinn – Riley Sheahan – Troy Brouwer
Keith Yandle – Aaron Ekblad
Michael Matheson – Mark Pysyk
Bogdan Kiselevich – Josh Brown
Flames: D Michael Stone (blood clot)
Panthers: RW Colton Sceviour (higher physique)
Electric power Perform
Flames: 22.9% (46-for-201, 8th)
Panthers: 25.9% (50-for-193, 3rd)
Flames: 79.1% (21st)
Panthers: 81.% (13th)