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in a desperate situation. We know it. We need to get points. We need to climb back into this thing and put ourselves in a spot where we can catch teams.
no team in the league where you can come in and say, we just get by tonight and get points. It doesn happen. So we be ready. the Flames, Wednesday showdown with the Sabres marks the first of four consecutive matchups against playoff outsiders.
Right now, they fit that same description.
Thanks to four straight setbacks, three in a row in regulation before Monday 4 3 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Flames find themselves three points out of the wildcard picture in the Western Conference. They are now five points back of third spot in the Pacific Division.
think we played some good hockey in some games that we didn get any points, but that not good enough at this point, said Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan. need to play good hockey and find a way to get wins. That starts tonight. We know this is going to be a hard game, and we need to find a way to get points. paper, they should get points out of their next four on the road against the Sabres and Ottawa Senators and then home dates with the New York Islanders and arch rival Edmonton Oilers. Each of those squads are in spoiler mode.
How the last 16 games of the season are unfolding:
Even without the services of star centre Jack Eichel (high ankle sprain), the Sabres have won three of their past four.
going to have to make sure we can at least match or exceed their work ethic, and then we need to have guys playing at the top of their games, Gulutzan said. you look at the way (the Sabres) have played the past few games, they playing some good hockey here. Hard hockey.
never easy in this league, but tonight, I think this is a work boot game. We have to dig in. MT, KeyBank Center, TV: Sportsnet West,
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Johnny Gaudreau has gone cold, scoring just once in the past 10 games.1. SHOOTING BLANKS
The Flames need more production from their top guns, plain and simple. All star left winger Johnny Gaudreau snapped out of his four game offensive dry spell with a secondary assist in Monday 4 3 overtime loss in Pittsburgh but later misfired on a breakaway opportunity in sudden death. He only scored once in his past 10 contests. Gaudreau centre sidekick, Sean Monahan, has now been blanked in four straight skates. Calgary go go guys have combined for a minus 10 rating during the four game skid.
2. CREASE CONCERNS
Tuesday big news was a sighting of Flames stalwart Mike Smith, a surprise participant in an optional practice in Buffalo, but the injured all star isn ready to return just yet. Stuck on gate duties for five of the past six outings, David Rittich will be back between the pipes in Buffalo. The 25 year old from the Czech Republic has struggled mightily in a half dozen starts during Smith absence, with a 1 4 1 record and a woeful 4.41 goals against average and .864 save over that stretch.
3. REMEMBER ME?
Familiar face Chad Johnson will be in the opposing crease Wednesday. Johnson, of course, was raised in Calgary and served as the Flames backup last winter. The 31 year old racked up 32 saves in his return to the Saddledome in late January and has been rolling ever since that 2 1 overtime triumph against his old pals. He posted a 6 2 0 record, a 2.05 goals against average and .933 save percentage in his past nine nods.
4. SOMETHING TO PROVE
The Sabres are stuck in the basement in the Eastern Conference and will be playoff outsiders for a seventh consecutive spring, but they made a statement by stunning a couple of legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. In the past month, the boys from Buffalo have notched two victories apiece against the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning. That proof the Flames, fighting for their playoff lives, can afford to underestimate this opponent.
5. THIS N’ THAT
Sabres rising star Jack Eichel sniped the overtime winner during the Jan. 22 victory over the Flames at the Saddledome, but the 21 year old centre isn available for the rematch. He hobbled by a high ankle sprain The Flames haven had much recent success at what now KeyBank Center, losing their past three in Buffalo The Sabres recalled forward Danny O but he will be a healthy scratch.