CALGARY, Alberta — The Calgary Flames will face a troublesome test towards the St. Louis Blues on Monday night time to wrap up their seven-recreation homestand on the Scotiabank Saddledome.
After dropping a 5-2 choice to the Blues (thirteen-four-1) on Oct. 25 in St. Louis, the Flames (9-7-zero) returned residence and have gained 4 of their previous six video games, together with a 6-three victory over the Detroit Pink Wings on Thursday.
Since then, they’ve had three days off to organize for the Blues, whose three-recreation profitable streak ended Saturday with a 5-2 loss at residence to the New York Islanders.
“Will probably be an enormous match for us contemplating what occurred in St. Louis,” stated Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan, who appreciated his group’s effort via two durations in St. Louis. “We didn’t like our third interval in that recreation.”
Whereas Gulutzan has been completely happy together with his group’s four-2 document through the prolonged homestand, he hasn’t been happy with the variety of high quality scoring possibilities the Flames have given up.
“We really feel that we’re one of many prime groups creating possibilities, however we’re one of many backside groups in giving them up proper now,” Gulutzan stated. “We don’t assume, with the gamers that we have now, that we must be in that state of affairs.
“5-on-5, we expect we could be a lot tighter group. If we’re producing on the fee we’re and we could be even 20 % higher (defensively), we expect we will actually get on a roll.”
After lacking Calgary’s final three video games with a decrease-physique damage, defenseman Travis Hamonic shall be a recreation-day choice as as to if he performs towards the Blues.
“I’m feeling good,” Hamonic stated. “I really feel like I’m again as much as the place my physique feels it must be.”
Whereas out of the lineup, Hamonic seemed on from the press field because the Flames gained two of three video games and outscored their opponents 14-12.
“We’re scoring some objectives now and the video games have type of opened up,” he stated. “I feel defensively now we need to attempt to reel it in as a gaggle collectively. We don’t need to be giving up 4 and having to win video games 5-four or 6-four.”
After his workforce suffered simply its second three-objective lack of the yr, St. Louis coach Mike Yeo vowed that the Blues will bounce again with a greater effort towards the Flames.
“We’ll hit the ice for follow and prepare for a troublesome street journey right here,” stated Yeo, whose squad may even play the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday and the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.
“We’re a staff that presses and we’re a group that assaults, however we do it with management. I don’t assume we had any management (towards the Islanders).”
Though defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (ankle) and ahead Patrik Berglund (shoulder) aren’t anticipated to play on the journey, each injured gamers accompanied the group out west.
Bouwmeester informed the St. Louis Submit-Dispatch that he doesn’t really feel there’s an enormous rush for him to get again within the lineup.
“We’re able right here (and) the group’s doing so good, there’s no strain to drive something,” stated the previous Flames defenseman who fractured his ankle simply three days into coaching camp throughout a scrimmage.
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