In the 2023 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic, the Calgary Flames faced off against the Edmonton Oilers in a highly anticipated outdoor spectacle at Commonwealth Stadium. The Flames ultimately fell short in a 5–2 defeat, now bringing their Heritage Classic record to 1–1–1. However, the worse record comes in as their current regular season record, as 2–6–1 has them 31st overall.
The Flames saw Nazem Kadri and A.J. Greer score goals, but the team otherwise struggled. The game was outright dominated by the Oilers as they owned a massive share of the high-danger opportunities. Looking at the shot charts below, it’s clear that one team was able to get basically every shot off in the net-front areas, and it wasn’t Calgary.
Outdoor game spectacle or not, the Flames need to find better on-ice strategies. They’re not going to get many wins this season if they’re one of the few teams in the league who aren’t able to prioritise more efficient shots. If not for their power play opportunities—which looked below-average anyway—they wouldn’t have been in the game at all.
October is now over and the Flames are reeling. It’s not a good open to the season and things will have to change soon enough.
Charts from the setback are below.
|Brett Kulak||Evander Kane, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||04:19 | 1st||CGY 0 – 1 EDM|
|Zach Hyman||Leon Draisaitl||09:38 | 1st||CGY 0 – 2 EDM|
|Nazem Kadri (PPG)||MacKenzie Weegar, Jonathan Huberdeau||14:55 | 1st||CGY 1 – 2 EDM|
|Evan Bouchard||Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid||16:06 | 1st||CGY 1 – 3 EDM|
|A.J. Greer (PPG)||MacKenzie Weegar, Jacob Markstrom||11:28 | 2nd||CGY 2 – 3 EDM|
|Vincent Desharnais||Evander Kane, Zach Hyman||06:16 | 3rd||CGY 2 – 4 EDM|
|Evander Kane||Unassisted||19:13 | 3rd||CGY 2 – 5 EDM|
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