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5 THINGS - FLAMES @ GOLDEN KNIGHTS

Flames look to get back in the win column tonight in Sin City

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

FLAMES (10-9-3) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (9-9-3)

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

2019-20 Season Series: 0-1-0

 

Leading Scorers:

Flames:

Points - Matthew Tkachuk (20)
Goals - Tkachuk, Elias Lindholm (10)

Golden Knights:

Points - William Karlsson (20)
Goals - Reilly Smith (10)

Special Teams:

Flames:

PP - 17.8% (18th) / PK - 86.3% (5th)

Golden Knights:

PP - 21.1% (11th) / PK - 86.8 (4th)

Advanced Stats:

Flames:    

Shot Attempts: 52.11% (7th)
High-Danger Chances: 50.00% (18th)

Golden Knights:

Shot Attempts: 52.19% (6th)
High-Danger Chances: 52.01% (8th)

 

Video: Brendan Parker sets up tonight's game in Vegas


1. US

The Flames are coming off a 3-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes last night and are now winless their past three games (0-2-1).  

Derek Stepan, Carl Soderberg and Lawson Crouse (empty net) had the goals for the 'Yotes, while 29-year-old Darcy Kuemper stopped all 37 shots he faced to record his 18th career shutout.

David Rittich stood tall for the Flames, turning aside all but two of the 24 pucks fired his way.

"We were probably better in the third (period) and had more chances, but again, we're down two goals, so that's when the easy hockey games into play," said Matthew Tkachuk. "When the other team is kind of sitting back and protecting a lead, that's when we've started to play the past... however many weeks.

"We've got to get out of that. We've got to be ready at the start of the first faceoff. Maybe there was a little bit of a lull there in the second, but it was a tight game. That's kind of a playoff style. They're tight games there aren't going to be many chances either way. They capitalized on theirs and we didn't."

 

Tweet from @NHLFlames: The #Flames have recalled Dillon Dube from the @AHLHeat. https://t.co/eitTyfQruI

 

The Flames were playing their first game without veteran D man TJ Brodie , who remains in Calgary under medical supervision after suffering what was likely a fainting episode during Thursday's practice.

In his place, Oliver Kylington was recalled from AHL Stockton and logged more than 14 minutes in his return to the Flames lineup. Kylington, who tallied a hat trick in a 7-6 Heat loss last week to the Tucson Roadrunners, had two shots, two blocks, and a 70.59% Corsi alongside Michael Stone .

Meanwhile, Brodie appears to be on the mend and even spoke to General Manager Brad Treliving on Saturday morning, expressing his desire to re-join the team soon.

"He's ready to go," said Head Coach Bill Peters. "He's excited. I know Tre talked to him, he's feeling great. He's expressed that he's ready to get back in the lineup ASAP. So, I think that'll happen. It won't be (today), obviously, but it'll be as soon as possible and that'll be a welcome addition."

Cam Talbot will get nod between the pipes. In his last outing, the veteran made 30 saves but didn't get much run support in a 3-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Wednesday.

Talbot is 1-4-0 on the year, with a .907 save percentage and a 2.69 goals-against average.

 

Video: "We've got to find a way to get involved early."

 

2. THEM

The Golden Knights were also in action on the road last night, but were left searching for answers after dropping their fifth straight game, 4-3 to the LA Kings.

Max Pacioretty and Jonathan Marchessault each had a goal and an assist for the Knights, who have only one win the month of November - a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets 12 days ago.

William Karlsson also scored, and Malcolm Subban made 21 saves.

Playing his 1,000th career game, Jeff Carter broke a 3-3 tie at 12:42 of the third period, redirecting a Matt Roy shot from the right point through the wickets.

"It's time for everyone to kind of be selfish and just worry about their own game," Pacioretty told Dan Greenspan of NHL.com. "What I mean by that is, if you're not going, just find a way to get going. Worry about the process, and that'll help the team a lot."

Vegas trailed 2-0 and 3-1 at points late in the first and second periods, but battled back to make a game of it, out-shooting the Kings 31-25 overall.

"I thought we were right there most of the night, battled back when we were down 3-1. Just a bad result at the end," Golden Knights Head Caoch Gerard Gallant said. "We had a great second period, got back to even. Played (well) besides the winning goal, but that happens."

This is the first of a four-game homestand for the Knights, who are 4-4-2 at T-Mobile Arena this year.

 

3. US VS. THEM

This is the second and final visit to The Strip this season for the Flames, who dropped a 6-2 decision there on Oct. 12 to open the road portion of the four-game series.

That night, Mark Stone, William Carrier and Max Pacioretty all had multi-point efforts, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 stops to record the win. Rasmus Andersson and Johnny Gaudreau supplied the offence for the Flames, and David Rittich was tagged with the loss after allowing all six goals on 30 shots.

Following tonight's game, the scene shifts to Calgary for the final two games of the series, Mar. 8 and Apr. 2.

Last year, the Flames earned a split in the four-game set, out-scoring the Knights 14-5 overall thanks, in large part, to Matthew Tkachuk, who tallied five goals and nine points to lead all skaters in head-to-head scoring.

Four others - Gaudreau, Sean Monahan , Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik - were all point-per-game players in the season series as well.

The Flames hold an all-time record of 3-6-0 against the Knights, but are winless at T-Mobile Arena.

 

Video: CGY@VGK: Andersson snipes it by Fleury on the rush

 

4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER

THIS: The Flames are in the midst of their fourth back-to-back scenario of the season. Calgary is 1-2-0 in the back half of the twin-billings this year, with the only victory coming back on Oct. 20 in Anaheim - which also happened to be Cam Talbot's first win as a Flame. The next back-to-back set for the Flames comes next month when they visit Colorado and Arizona on Dec. 9 and 10. … THAT: The Flames are 5-2-1 this season when scoring the game's first goal and are 5-5-1 when they out-shoot their opponent. … THE OTHER: Matthew Tkachuk has had a lot of success against the Golden Knights in his career, scoring at a goal-per-game pace over the last two years. Overall, the 21-year-old has a total of 12 points (7G, 5A) seven meetings.

 

Video: "At the drop of the puck, we've got to be ready."

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH

Flames - Derek Ryan

'Doc' had a strong night in desert, leading all skaters with an 82.35% Corsi (14-3), and was one of only three skaters not to allow a single scoring chance when he was on the ice, 5-on-5 (8-0). In all, Ryan saw 11:23 of even-strength ice (16:21 overall), had one shot, and was 60% in the faceoff circle.

Golden Knights - Reilly Smith

Smith scored his team-leading 10th goal in Game No. 18 of 2019-20 campaign. It is the fastest he's reached double-digits in goals to start a season in his career, besting his previous quickest of 32 games (2015-16).

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