Having been officially eliminated from the race to make the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Detroit Red Wings (8th in Atlantic Division) start a three-game homestand, with the Calgary Flames (4th in Pacific) paying a visit in the first matchup…
Flames Lose To BostonThe latest three-game homestand of the Calgary Flames (31-25-6) ended with a 1-2-0 record after the team was edged out with a count of 4-3 by the Boston Bruins at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday. Mikael Backlund (12 goals, 34 points this year) scored twice, with Johnny Gaudreau (15 goals, 51 points) also on the scoreboard, as the Flames made it 3-1 in the first three-and-a-half minutes of the game before the visitors netted three unanswered snipes subsequently. Calgary is 4-3-0 in its last seven outings after winning just once in six contests prior (1-4-1).
"We controlled bits of the game but not enough."— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) February 22, 2020
Matthew Tkachuk shares his thoughts on tonight's setback. pic.twitter.com/3GzRmFF5ug
Goalie Cam Talbot made 19 saves versus Boston, taking his current performance status to 9-10-1 for the year with a 2.83 GAA and a .914 save percentage. He has registered a 4-2-2 previous total versus Detroit with a 2.60 GAA and a .913 save percentage, while David Rittich (22-15-5 on the season with a 2.93 GAA and a .908 save percentage) has gone 1-0-0 against the Red Wings historically with a 1.01 GAA and a .964 save percentage. The Flames are 11th in least goals scored per game (2.85), 12th in most goals allowed on average (3.11), 17th in power play (20.1%) and 9th in penalty kill (82.1%).
Wings Fail On Long IslandThe Detroit Red Wings (15-44-4) became the first team to be officially eliminated from the contention to make the Stanley Cup playoffs this season after losing 4-1 against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Friday. The Wings were outshot by almost a double (40-22) and allowed a snipe in each of the first two periods before conceding twice more in the final 37 seconds of the game, with Anthony Mantha (13 goals, 30 points this year) netting the only marker for the visitors. Detroit has managed just three victories in its last 18 fixtures (3-14-1), but is still riding a two-game winning run on own ice.
Goalie Jonathan Bernier turned away 36 shots in New York, taking his current performance tally to 13-18-2 for the season with a 2.89 GAA and a .908 save percentage. He has recorded a 7-3-0 previous total versus Calgary with a 2.51 GAA and a .912 save percentage, while Jimmy Howard (2-22-2 on the year with a 4.08 GAA and a .886 save percentage) is 9-10-1 against the Flames previously with a 3.06 GAA and a .893 save percentage. The Red Wings are top of the league in both least goals scored per game (2.00) and most allowed on average (3.73), 2nd from the bottom in power play (14.7%) and 3rd worst in penalty kill (75.0%).
Calgary (according to Covers.com)
- Flames are 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
- Flames are 21-9 in their last 30 Sunday games.
Detroit (according to Covers.com)
- Red Wings are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Pacific.
- Red Wings are 2-8 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest.