The Flames upset the Maple Leafs to get back on the winning path
After five wins in a row, the Flames lost at the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 this past Monday. They bounced back with a 2-1
shootout victory at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, playing some exquisite defense against the most efficient team in the NHL. The Flames allowed 36 shots to their opponents, but David Rittich had a big game with 35 saves and three more in a shootout.
Over their last five outings, the Flames surrendered just eight goals in the total. They are 12th
in the league in goals against (2.90) and sixth in penalty killing (83.0%). David Rittich
is 19-11-5 this season and has a 2.73 GAA and a .915 save percentage. Still, Rittich has lost three of his last five games, but Cam Talbot is on a four-game winning streak. Talbot is 7-7-0 this term and has a 2.54 GAA and a .922 save percentage.
The Flames are 27th
in the league in goals scored per game (2.61), and their offense is a big issue this season. Calgary converts only 18.9% of its power-play opportunities (19th
in the NHL). Over their previous five showings, the Flames have scored more than a couple of goals only once. Wingers Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk lead the way for Calgary with 38 points each, while centers Elias Lindholm and Sean Monahan added 36 points each.