Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames
When and Where: Saturday, Oct. 5, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alb., 10:05 p.m. EDT.
A pair of teams looking to bounce back from season-opening losses look to get things right Saturday night when the Calgary Flames host the Vancouver Canucks in a Pacific Division tussle.
Canucks squander third-period lead in losing openerVancouver's bid to avoid a fifth consecutive season outside the playoffs began with a 3-2 loss to Alberta's other team, the Edmonton Oilers, on Wednesday night.
Despite playing a compact road game and outshooting Edmonton 33-22 for the game, a 3:45 span midway through the third period consigned the Canucks to defeat as both Zack Kassian and Connor McDavid beat Jacob Markstrom.
"I liked it, actually, I don't like the end result," coach Travis Green said. "First road game of the year we did a lot of good things, it was disheartening we didn't get anything out of it.
"I liked our game, we spent a lot of the game in their zone. Again, quite easily could have won that game and deserved a point at least."
Defenseman Alexander Edler and winger Tanner Pearson scored the goals for Vancouver, with Pearson taking a team-high 11 shots. Calder Trophy winner Elias Pettersson, who had 28 goals and 66 points last season, was a minus-1 and finished with two shots.
Green hinted that Adam Gaudette may make his season debut after being a healthy scratch Wednesday. Gaudette, who had five goals and seven assists in 56 games, practiced with the third line with Josh Leivo and Jake Virtanen.
Markstrom figures to get a second start between the pipes after making 19 saves. He went 3-2-0 with a 2.94 goals-against average and .917 save percentage playing all five games versus Calgary last season and is 5-7-0 with a 3.42 GAA lifetime.
Flames look to tighten PK after loss to AvsCalgary's season began the same way last spring's postseason ended, with a loss to the Colorado Avalanche. The Flames were on the short end of a 5-3 scoreline Thursday night, with their two power-play goals canceled out by conceding two on the penalty kill.
Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau both scored with the man advantage as Calgary played uphill for most of the game, twice erasing one-goal deficits. Mark Giordano pulled the Flames within one a third time late in the second period, but despite a 14-6 edge in shots over the final 20 minutes, they failed to a find an equalizer.
"We were happy once we got a little flow going and stayed out of the box," coach Bill Peters said at practice Friday. "We had some chances but gave up more than we liked, so we have to tighten up. There's work to be done."
Despite not registering a point, veteran forward Milan Lucic made his presence felt in his Flames debut, punching Nikita Zadorov in the face in the second period after Zadorov flattened Austin Czarnik into the boards and drew a boarding penalty.
Good for Looch. Stick up for your teammates pic.twitter.com/0eCdfHAbUo— Jason Brough (@JasonBroughTSN) October 4, 2019
Gaudreau and Monahan each finished with a goal and an assist for Calgary, which went 2 for 4 on the power play and 4 for 6 on the penalty kill. Peters has not named a starting goaltender yet, but David Rittich turned aside 31 shots Thursday night and went 1-0-2 with a 2.24 GAA versus Vancouver lifetime.
The Canucks are:
- 3-12 in their last 15 road games as underdogs between +151 to +200.
- 8-21 in their last 29 games after allowing five or more goals in the previous game.
- 2-10 in their last 12 Saturday games.
The Flames are:
- 6-1-1 in their last eight home games vs. the Canucks.
- 7-3 in their last 10 games when their opponents score two or fewer goals in the previous game.