The Flames fell to two wins below .500 last night with their 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Here are a few notes on the game as well as the team moving forward.
-Ryan Huska was clearly unhappy with the team’s effort following the end of the game. The rookie head coach dropped a harsh line on the team’s effort when asked about the difference between the two teams in the game.
“They were competitive and in the first period our most physical player was probably our goaltender.”
-The Flames power play fell back into its old habits last night. 0-for-3.
-The passing game when starting up the ice struggled mightily. Even cornerstone defenders Rasmus Andersson, Noah Hanifin and Chris Tanev were firing well off targets on the breakout.
-Rookie goaltender Dustin Wolf didn’t get a fair shake over 38:30 in the net. Goal one was a redirected power play tip that very few goaltenders could reliably stop. The second goal against – well Wolf has a 0.00 on Flames forwards bowling the puck through him. A stat that the 22-year-old will need to keep an eye on.
-Despite the poor overall performance, Huska didn’t bench any players or reduce ice time as the game approached a conclusion.
-Tomorrow Calgary starts on a grueling stretch of nine games in 17 days. Five of those on the road.
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