At least they didn’t get shut out.
5v5 Player Stats
- Sam Bennett led the Flames with 81.8% CF.
- Derek Ryan was a team low 30.0% CF.
- T.J. Brodie, Matthew Tkachuk, Ryan, and Mark Jankowski combined for zero on-ice HDCF in the game.
Los Angeles Kings
- Tyler Toffoli led the Kings with 66.7% CF.
- Michael Amadio was a team low 33.3% CF.
- Only three Kings skaters were below 50% HDCF in the game.
Stats courtesy: Natural Stat Trick
Thoughts on the Game
To say that the Flames looked bad tonight would be an understatement. They looked terrible. Against a rebuilding Kings team that has been struggling of late, this should have been a relatively easy one for the Flames to take.
The one positive tonight was David Rittich‘s play tonight. Stopping six of seven HDCF chances against in the two periods he played, he did what he could to keep the Flames in it tonight. It was clear he was frustrated as the second period wore on. Big Save Dave took two penalties himself, and was eventually pulled after the second. Unfortunately the rest of his team, and especially the defence just could not keep it together.
Everything got way out of hand, as has tended to happen against the Kings, but the Flames should have come away with two points and didn’t. That’s not a good look for a team that should be among the league’s best.
This season has felt eerily similar to last. The Flames started out weak, managing points in games they had no business winning, and then getting blown out in game number nine. Hopefully they can pick it up over the next few games.
The Gaud, the Bad, and the Ugly
Bad: Tkachuk taking 14 PIMS, including a 10 minute misconduct. Things seem to get out of hand when he plays the Kings and for the second time this season, Drew Doughty got the last laugh.
Ugly: The whole team letting their emotions get the best of them, and lose to a clearly inferior team. If the Flames are going to be contenders, they need to handle themselves much better.
Opponent: Anaheim Ducks
Standings: 2nd in the Pacific
Season Series: 0-0-0
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