The Flames are stuggling but determined to get back in the win column. GM Brad Treliving addressed the media yesterday with some frank comments on the current situation: "Let's deal with it, let's be honest with each other, let's hold ourselves and each other accountable but we're the ones that are going to get out of this," he said. "This group here is the one - nobody from the outside is going to do it, there's no saviours coming. It's up to each individual person to do what they're capable of doing. Take stock - be accountable to themselves, be accountable to the guy next to them. And that's how you go through tough times."
Head coach Bill Peters said the key now is to keep their chins up and focus on what they need to do to turn things around.
"There's no time for that, there's no time," said Peters of self pity. "You know what, there's gonna be one, hopefully not anytime soon, where we play real well and don't get (the win). That's going to be frsutrating also. But (we need) to start playing well and earning the opportunity to have success coming down the stretch.
"Let's get on the board in the first period, let's be good on the speciality teams. We can get better in all aspects of the game. Every aspect of the game needs improvement."
The Flyers snapped a four-game losing streak with a come-from-behind 5-3 win over the Hurricanes in Carolina on Thursday night. Sebastien Aho and Teuvo Teravainen staked the homeside out to a 2-0 lead in the first but Philly came charging back. Claude Giroux and Ivan Provorov replied for the Flyers before the first frame was done. Morgan Frost scored 2:51 into the second to give Philly its first lead of the game. Lucas Wallmark tied it up in the third before Grioux added another at 11:16 to retake the lead. Kevin Hayes potted an empty-netter with six seconds left. Giorux finished the night with four points, while former Flame Brian Elliott made 33 saves. "We did a lot of good things offensively, but defensively we had a few mistakes and it cost us a few goals, but I think it's important that we build upon this as a line and as a team," Giroux said. Rookie Frost, who has played just two NHL games now, said he's settling in. "I was definitely pretty nervous coming in, but I'm getting more comfortable every shift. All the guys on the team have made it a lot easier for me. It's been a smooth transition in that sense because everyone's been so nice and helpful. It's been a really good experience so far. I hope I can keep it rolling. We'll see what happens."
3. US vs. THEM
The two clubs met back on Oct. 15 at the Scotiabank Saddledome, with the homeside skating to a 3-1 victory. Michael Frolik scored just 1:35 into the game on an unassisted tally to stake the Flames to an early lead. The veteran was playing in his 800th career game. Andrew Mangiapane would beat Elliott to make it 2-0 after 40 minutes of play, Mark Giordano andDerek Ryan getting the helpers. Matt Niskanen scored for Philly 4:58 into the third to halve the lead, beating David Rittich who would finish the night with 21 saves. Lindholmwould pot an empty-netter with 11 seconds to play to salt it away. "Not bad, huh? Get a goal and get a win," said Frolik after. "I think the win is most important. I'll remember this night, for sure. It's something special and I'll never forget it. … 800, it's a special number. I was definitely excited. Couldn't go much better, scoring on the second shift. I told Backs there on the ice, 'Let's make sure we're on the same page and have a good game.' I think we did. Good two points." ... The Flames have won three straight against the Flyers and are 7-3-0 in their last-10 against Philly. Of the last 15 meetings between these two teams, seven of them have needed more time, ending in either overtime or a shootout. Last season, Calgary prevailed 6-5 in OT at Philly and won 3-2 in OT at home on Jan. 5.
THIS: Johnny Gaudreau has had a lot of success against his hometown team in his career. He has four goals and 13 points in 10 games against the Flyers ... THAT: Sean Monahan notched his first career hat-trick with three straight powerplay goals in the second period on Nov. 18, 2017 in Philadelphia … THE OTHER: The Flames have a record of 5-3-0 against Eastern Conference opponents and a record of 3-3-0 against the Metropolitan Division.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
Flames: LW Matthew Tkachuk
The versatile forward has been off the scoresheet of late but leads the team in scoring and is a threat everytime he's on the ice.
Flyers: C Claude Giroux
Coming off a big two-goal, four-point night in his last outing.