The Flames lost both tilts in their recent two-game road swing this past weekend. They led 2-1 at one point Saturday night in Vegas before the Golden Knights scored five straight to win 6-2. Gaudreau and Rasmus Andersson - with his first of the season - tallied for Calgary, while David Rittich made 24 stops. The next night in San Jose, they fell behind 2-0 after 20 minutes, but Lindholm halved that gap when he tipped home a TJ Brodie point shot 6:43 into the second stanza. Tomas Hertl, though, scored with less than two minutes left in the middle frame as San Jose prevailed by a 3-1 final. Cam Talbot got his first start of the season for Calgary between the pipes, making 17 saves. The Flames outshot the Sharks 33-20, but Martin Jones had a big night and finished with a .970 save percentage. "I thought that was our best game of the road trip," Talbot said." I thought we battled hard, did a lot of things well. Even though it's not the result you wanted, sometimes you can build off some little things that you do throughout a game that can become a positive trend for us moving forward. We've got to take those, build off them and move on." Mikael Backlund had a similar take: "I thought we were the better team. Just didn't score on our chances. There are going to be nights like that. It's not like we're happy that we lost, and it's tough, but I thought it was a well-played game by us. We had most of the pressure all night."
Heading into action Sunday, the Flyers were just one of three teams (along with the Rangers and Blackhawks) to have played a league-low three games this season. Philly started the campaign on Oct. 4 with a 4-3 victory over Chicago in the 2019 NHL Series in Prague. Konecny paced the offence with two goals. After returning from Europe, they got some time off, so to speak, not playing again until Oct. 9, when they blanked the New Jersey Devils 4-0 at home. Konecny and young defenceman Ivan Provorov - who opened the scoring in the game - led the team with a goal and two points each … In their most recent tilt, they picked up a loser point after falling 3-2 to the Canucks in a shootout in Vancouver on Oct. 12 … Goalie Carter Hart has started all three games and been a wall, sporting a slick .938 save percentage and a miniscule 1.62 GAA.
3. US vs THEM
This is the first of two matchups this season between the Flames and Flyers. The Flames won both matchups a season ago in overtime against the Flyers, with winners from Gaudreau and Brodie. Rittich picked up both OT wins last season while posting a .923 Sv%. The Flames haven't lost in overtime to Philadelphia since Dec. 29, 1998 ... These two teams have required extra time in seven of their last 14 meetings … Philly is ninth in the NHL with a +4 goal differential (Vegas leads at +1-, followed by Edmonton and Pittsburgh at +9). The Flames sit 23rd at -5.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: Flames centre Sean Monahan, who turned 25 on Saturday, has scored 10 goals in 12 meetings against Philly in his career. He notched his first career hat-trick against the Flyers with three straight powerplay goals in 2017. Monahan has a total of 13 points in his career against Philadelphia ... THAT: Johnny Hockey always gets up for a meeting against his hometown team. Gaudreau has 13 points (4G, 9A) in nine meetings against the Flyers in his career. The Philly-product is coming off his 400th career NHL game on Sunday ... THEOTHER:Michael Frolik is set to reach an amazing career milestone tonight as he will skate in his 800th career NHL game. Frolik started his NHL journey on Oct. 11, 2008 as a member of the Florida Panthers and has since skated in 799 games scoring 153 goals and 370 points. His career has been spread out between the Panthers (213 GP), Blackhawks (136 GP), Jets (163 GP), and Flames (287 GP).
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
Flames: RW Elias Lindholm
He scored the lone marker against the Sharks and is tied with Gaudreau for the team lead in goals and is third in points with four. Skating with No. 13 and No. 23, he's always a threat to pile up some points.
Flyers: C Travis Konecny
When you start the season with three goals and six points in your first three games, it's hard to miss you. Konecny - the club's first-round pick in 2015 (24th overall) - has been tearing it up and is the team's most potent offensive threat at the moment.