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5 THINGS - FLAMES @ CAPITALS

The Flames close out their lengthy road trip in Washington

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

FLAMES (8-6-2) at CAPITALS (10-2-3)

5:00 p.m. MT | TV: Sportsnet | RADIO: Sportsnet 960 The FAN

2018-19 Season Series: 0-1-1

 

NEED-TO-KNOW

GAME DAY VIDEO

COMING SOON: Game Day with Brendan Parker

COMING SOON: Pre-Game Interviews

GAME DAY FEATURES

COMING SOON: From the Morning Skate
COMING SOON: Projected Lineup

FIRESTARTER PODCAST

STAT PACK

Leading Scorers:

Flames:

Points - Elias Lindholm (14)
Goals - Lindholm (9)

Capitals:

Points - John Carlson (23)
Goals - Alexander Ovechkin (11)

Special Teams:

Flames:

PP - 16% (21st) / PK - 88.1% (4th)

Capitals:

PP - 25% (5th) / PK - 85.7% (7th)

Advanced Stats:

Flames:    

Shot Attempts: 50.40% (14th)
High-Danger Chances: 48.48% (22nd)

Capitals:

Shot Attempts: 50.75% (13th)
High-Danger Chances: 51.01% (13th)

 

1. US

The Flames jumped out to an early lead in Columbus on Saturday and didn't look back.

Sean Monahan opened the scoring in Columbus at the 3:44 mark of the first period, ending a 13-game scoring drought. Elias Lindholm and Johnny Gaudreau picked up the assists, extending their point streaks to six games and four games respectively.

"Good for him and that line looks like it's back, to me," head coach Bill Peters said of the Flames' top trio. "I thought the guys had some good jump, got rewarded ... we'll continue to work away, continue to improve but it's going in the right direction for sure."

Sam Bennett picked up the Flames' second goal of the night, backhanding a Derek Ryan pass into a wide open net at 8:20 of the second period.

"I was kind of shocked by how much open net I had," Bennett said. "I wanted to make sure I put it in on my backhand. Sometimes with a spinning puck it can be tough but it was a great play by Doc to get it across."

Matthew Tkachuk added an empty-netter to ice the victory, giving him five goals in his last five games.

David Rittich was outstanding, making 43 saves for his second shutout of the season.

"I thought he was in control all night long," Peters said. "A real good effort by him. He's been solid for us all year."

After tonight's game, the Flames will return home to host the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

2. THEM

The Washington Capitals are off to a tremendous start to the season, going 10-2-3 in their opening 15 games and receiving big contributions from defenceman John Carlson, who was named the NHL's First Star of October after compiling 23 points last month, and captain Alexander Ovechkin, who has 11 goals to his name.

The Capitals are coming off a 6-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night, a victory that saw them score all six goals at even-strength.

"It was a good four-line game for us," Washington head coach Todd Reirden told the team's website afterwards. "And we got contributions from a lot of different people. When we did have breakdowns - which we did have some - Braden was really solid tonight. So that allowed us to take advantage of the opportunities we got in the opposite direction, which I thought we were very opportunistic and were able to convert."

Jakub Vrana (2), Chandler Stephenson, Brendan Leipsic, Tom Wilson, and TJ Oshie found the back of the net and Braden Holtby made 29 saves on the 30 shots he faced in the victory.

Former Flame Garnet Hathaway has skated in 15 outings for the Caps, scoring two goals and six points thus far this season. He has averaged 12:03 of ice time per game this year.

Holtby has played in 11 games, posting a 6-1-3 record with a 3.30 GAA and a .895 save percentage. Back-up netminder Ilya Samsonov has a 4-1-0 record with a 2.46 GAA and a .913 save percentage.

 

3. US VS. THEM

This is second and final match-up between the two clubs in the regular season. The Capitals picked up a 5-3 victory at the Scotiabank Saddledone on Oct. 22, with Ovechkin and Carlson each picking up a pair of points in the win. The Flames received goals from Lindholm, Austin Czarnik , and Tobias Rieder while Cam Talbot stopped 25 of 29 shots in the setback.

"They're probably the best we've played this year," Tkachuk said afterwards. "They've got a good team over there, top to bottom. They've got good depth and they work hard. Their top guys played well, and they've got great goaltending and good defense as well. That was a good measuring stick team. If we can take any positives it's that we carried stretches of that."

In the 2018-19 season series, the Flames went 0-1-1, falling 4-3 in both skates. Gaudreau led Calgary skaters with three points, followed by Lindholm, Giordano, and TJ Brodie who each had two points against the Capitals.

 

4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER

THIS: Elias Lindholm extended his point streak to six games on Saturday night with an assist on Sean Monahan's goal The 24-year-old is looking to build off a career season in 2018-19, when he scored 27 goals and 78 points in 81 games. Lindholm's career-long point-streak is 10 games in which he's achieved twice - the latest was last season when he went from January 7 - February 3 (3 goals, 12 points) recording a point. ... THAT: Sean Monahan scored his third goal of the season last night against the Blue Jackets. That goal ties him with Tom Lysiak for the fourth-most career even0strength goals by a centre in Flames franchise history with 123. Joe Nieuwendyk leads the way with 173 even-strength goals by a centre. Monahan sits fourth on the Flames in scoring this season with three goals and nine assists for 12 points. ... THE OTHER: The Flames are in the midst of their third back-to-back scenario of the season as they played last night, winning 3-0 before heading over to Washington for tonight's game. Calgary was 9-1-0 in their first game of a back-to-back last season and 5-5-0 in the second game of the scenario. The Flames next back-to-back situation following this one sees them in Arizona on November 16th and Vegas on November 17th.

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH

Flames - Sean Monahan

Sean Monahan scored the game-winner in Columbus last night, picking up his 12th point of the season and breaking a 13-game scoring drought. He and his linemates were dangerous all night and will look to build off that this evening in Washington.

Capitals - Tom Wilson

The forward is coming off of a three-point game against Buffalo, scoring a goal and picking up two assists in the 6-1 win. Wilson has five goals and 10 points on the year.

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