FLAMES SHOOTERS FRUSTRATED
Make no mistake about it; the Calgary Flames are frustrated with their lack of production.
The Flames have been shut out in three of the past four games, scoring just one goal in a span of 245:05 dating back to Calgary’s 4-3 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues on Dec. 23rd.
“Right now, there’s many pucks that I would like to see go in but we’re going through that wave,” coach Bob Hartley said. “No one feels sorry for us. That’s the NHL. We have to find a way by ourselves to get out of there and we will. We have some good people. They’ll find a way.”
Though the offence has dried up at Scotiabank Saddledome, there’s no point in dwelling on the past according to the newest member of the Flames.
“Obviously everybody’s getting pretty ticked off right now about how things have been going but everybody’s looking forward to getting out of it,” Kevin Westgarth said. “I’ve seen the work ethic and attention to detail in practice and even the games. We’re still working,”
Matt Stajan, who will be looking for his first point in six games Monday against the Colorado Avalanche, hopes a more aggressive Calgary team helps cure some scoring woes.
“I think we’ve just got to take a step back,” Stajan said. “We’ve been saying the right things the last two, three games. It’s not just about crashing the net and throwing pucks there until you get a bounce. You’ve got to make plays when they’re there and generate offense. I think we’ve got to be a little more aggressive. It’s better to be over-aggressive in the offensive zone than to kind of play it 50-50.”
Though in the midst of a drought, the Flames dressing room remains upbeat.
And that could be as critical as an aggressive attitude in the offensive zone.
“It’s important,” Stajan said. “We’ve got a good group in here. No one’s happy about the situation. Everybody’s squeezing their sticks right now because no one’s been scoring. We’ve got to as a group find a way. It’s not going to be one guy. It’s going to be guys working together on our lines to create chances. We’re working on that.
"Guys are trying to be as positive as we can in the situation and come game day we’ll make sure we’re ready to turn this thing around.”
TAKING IT ON THE ROAD
Westgarth believes a change of environment could help spark Flames shooters.
“Sometimes that can help,” he said. “Just get the guys together, you kind of forget about some of the distractions and just have each other on the road.”
Any change, Stajan admitted, is a welcomed one during the drought.
“Maybe a chance of scenery might be a good thing,” he said. “I think we’re just looking for things right now it seems like. At the end of the day we’ve just got to get ourselves right for the next game and throw it all out there. I think instead of waiting for something to happen, we’ve got to go out and make something happen positive for our team.”
“You’re three years old or you’re two years old and you put a stick in a kid’s hand and the first thing you do is put two pillows at the end and you show him how to score goals, you show him how to raise his arms in the air to celebrate and everyone’s having a good time. Obviously right now, we’re not getting any of those.”
The Flames practice at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday before departing for Denver to take on the Colorado Avalanche (7 p.m. MT, SNET-W) in the first of two back-to-back games on the road.