The Calgary Flames are travelling today. Starting a six-game road trip with a date against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, the Flames left home feeling much better about themselves.
Ending a seven-game losing slump and starting a winning streak will do that for a team. Even if it’s just two games.
And even though their 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Kings wasn’t pretty, it was another needed two points against a Pacific Division rival.
The Flames got goals from all four lines in the win over the Kings. That included Jonathan Huberdeau on the so-called third line alongside Mikael Backlund.
As good as it was to see the balanced attack on Monday, Flames GM Brad Treliving is still searching the NHL trade market for another scoring winger.
Goaltender Jacob Markstrom has made a couple of highlight-reel saves lately. First a windmill against the Winnipeg Jets, then a spread eagle in the dying seconds of the Kings game. He’s ticking opposing players off with his play. Especially the Jets’ Pierre-Luc Dubois.
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Colorado: Could Ryan O’Reilly return to the Colorado Avalanche? He wants to stay in St. Louis.
Dallas: The Dallas Stars Joe Pavelski, 38, continues to push for prestigious career mark as an American-born player. Little Joe no more.
Vegas: Instead of putting top scorers like Jack Eichel, Jonathan Marchessault, or Mark Stone out to start the game, the Vegas Golden Knights start the fourth line every game. Here’s why.
San Jose: San Jose Sharks defenseman Radim Simek played just 24 seconds against the Minnesota Wils before being taken out by Mason Shaw.
Montreal: An update on the contract extension talks with Montreal Canadiens star Cole Caufield.
Ottawa: Erik Karlsson shared a nice post honoring his former teammate, Daniel Alfredsson’s induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Boston: When it comes to fighting for inclusion and against bigotry and racism, the Boston Bruins players continue to walk the talk.
Philly: The sinking Philadelphia Flyers are trying to avoid another collapse, similar to last season.
Toronto: Matt Murray will return from injury to face his former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Florida: Calgary Flames head coach Darryl Sutter has often said his former Panthers need to learn a new brand. Looks like the Florida Panthers got the same memo. Coming into the season, the defensive structure of the Florida Panthers was a concern, here’s what changed.