The quest for a .500 winning percentage picks back up tonight for the Calgary Flames with a date with the Western Conference-leading Vegas Golden Knights. Here is your game day preview.
Calgary Flames (8-10-3, 19 pts) vs Vegas Golden Knights (14-5-2, 30 pts)
Time: 7:30 Mountain Standard Time.
TV: Sportsnet One, Sportsnet West, TVA Sports, KnightTime+, Vegas 34
Calgary Flames Notes
-Expect fatigue to play a factor in the result. Calgary is coming off playing four games in seven days. That includes a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday. The group will get a break after the Golden Knights. Their next game is against the Stars on Thursday.
The Golden Knights, on the other hand, are fresh as daisies having only played two games since November 20. The reigning Stanley Cup Champions went 1-1 over that span after getting shutout by the Coyotes on Saturday.
-Elias Lindholm leads the Flames in scorjng with five goals and ten assists in 21 games.
-Yegor Sharangovich is responding well to being promoted to the right side of the first line. The 25 year old Belarusian is has four points in his last three games.
His ice time is also seeing an increase. The 6’2” all-positions forward has seen a major decline in deployment this season. Through 21 games Sharangovich has averaged 13:50. Comparing that to 2022-23 (14:25), 2021-22 (16:30) and 2020-21 (16:48) and a clear trend can be identified.
Yegor played over 17:00 on the road against Colorado and Nashville on this trip — Ryan Huska might have more in store for the former 5th round pick.
Power Play Issues?
13 opportunities with the man advantage on this Eastern Conference sojourn. One goal for and one shorthanded goals against. There is work to be done in that department.
The Golden Knights have been drying up offensively of late. Vegas has two goals in their past three games and have been shut out twice over that time.
Calgary Flames Projected Lineup
Golden Knights Projected Lineup