uk timberland Calgary Flames prepare for big week against Pacific Division rivals
Reminders aren necessary this week.
The Calgary Flames know exactly who is coming to town, how they need to play and the importance of their upcoming clashes against two of their biggest Pacific Division rivals.
going to be a huge two games, Flames forward Garnet Hathaway said about the looming dates with the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks. They two big points we don want to leave on the table. We going to have to play a big, tough heavy game, and we going to have to battle in every zone to be successful. way the team schedule is set up had them off on New Year Day after a 4 3 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
They hit the ice on Tuesday and spent a large portion of it conditioning and skating. They skate again on Wednesday for a second consecutive practice day before their second meeting with the Kings this season.
Back on Oct. 11 at Staples Center, Jaromir Jagr made his Flames debut while Sean Monahan scored 1:02 into overtime against the host Kings as the Flames won their third straight.
But even back then, the Flames head coach wasn happy with his team game, noting their need to tidy up their puck management and the fact they were out chanced.
And don even remind Glen Gulutzan about last week performance at Anaheim Honda Center. Outside of Matthew Tkachuk taffy pull with resident bad boy Ryan Kesler, there wasn much to like.
you a blend team and the last team we played (Chicago) they won two cups being a blend team you need your heavy guys to be heavy and your skilled guys to be quick and score, Gulutzan said. we not going to ask guys to come out of their element. We just going to ask guys to play in their element and play to their strengths.
have to be at the top of their game if you play top teams in the league. the halfway point approaching on Saturday against the Ducks, it serves as a stark reminder of where they are in the Pacific Division standings and where their upcoming opponents are situated. club was riding a 23 11 5 record, holding the second spot in the NHL Pacific Division standings and sitting fourth in the Western Conference.
got their 2011 grind on, Gulutzan said, referring to the 2011 12 season they won the Stanley Cup as the eighth seed in the Western Conference. been playing some really good hockey. It going to be a heavy game. being said, Gulutzan wants his group to focus on playing skilled and fast. we need to play them quick. That how we had success in the past, Gulutzan said. need to use our speed because if they get that heavy blanketing game on you, it tough for anyone to handle. We need to play quick and get quick to areas and have our speed game going. Flames, at 19 16 4, arestill trying to iron out kinks, particularly at home where they have a 10 11 0 record.
Saturday opponent, if you recall, out played the Flames in a 2 1 loss which would have been more lopsided in favour of the Ducks if it hadn been for Mike Smith 39 saves.
played really well at home, especially in that first period, Hathaway said. we have to play like that I think. We have to jump on them physically, but we also have to get the puck to the net.
going to be a big thing for us.
Although they managed to beat the Chicago Blackhawks to ring in 2018, the general consensus was that the Flames did not play a consistent game. They squandered a three goal lead and nearly let the Blackhawks come back and finish the job.
weren as good as we could be, lamented Flames forward Sam Bennett. are two games where we need to step it up. They two physical teams. Our starts in our last two games, we haven been physical or fast. I think that how we going to have to start those games.
They also can expect a heavy hitting bunch of you know whats. But according to Bennett, two can play that game.
their style, Bennett said. big teams, they play physical, and we can play that way, as well. We haven been playing physical enough as we could be, but we capable of it. So that how we need to play.