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Preview- Game 3, Calgary Flames vs Winnipeg Jets: We’re All Even

Folks, we have a series.



Calgary Flames vs Winnipeg Jets, 4:45 PM MT, Rogers Place, Edmonton AB

TV: NHLN, NHLTV, SN – Radio: Sportsnet 960

Series: Calgary Flames (1) – Winnipeg Jets (1)

The Flames dreams of a quick three game sweep of the Jets were dashed yesterday afternoon as the Winnipeg Jets evened up the best of five series at one game a piece with a 3-2 win over the Flames. Calgary came out with some energy and started by hitting everything that moved, but it didn’t translate into a “W.”

The Flames special teams, which were truly special in Game 1 were far from it Monday afternoon. Calgary’s PP went 0/6 and looked absolutely miserable in doing so. The PK was saddled with a 5 on 3 thay they did kill off (thanks to some stellar goalie play), but their perfection was gone when Nikolaj Ehlers would beat Talbot for the Jets third and final goal of the contest. Overall, another solid night for that half of the special teams as they are now 13 for 14 in the first two games of the series.

That stat above is where the Flames need to clean things up going into Game 3. The Flames have taken way too many stupid and selfish penalties so far in this series. An average of seven penatlies a game is a LITTLE too much when it comes to post season play.

Now, with all that said, the Flames played very poorly yesterday and still only lost by one goal. Sure, Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine were out of the Winnipeg lineup, but you have to think the Flames still like their chances in this series even with their poor play. The Flames did pepper Connor Hellebuyck again, firing 30 shots his way, but maybe a little more urgency earlier in Game 3 would get them some better results. If the Flames can also jump start the PP and stay out of the box, tomorrow afternoon might be as much of an uphill climb as Monday. The coaching staff would probably like to see more from two of their top players as well. Sean Monahan was non-existent in Game 2 and Johnny Gaudreau only mustered 2 SOG.

Expect Cam Talbot to get the start again for the Flames between the pipes, despite this being the second game of a back to back. Talbot has been solid for the Flames and was clearly the best player not named Elias Lindholm of the ice for Calgary yesterday.

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by Mark Parkinson