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Ferland, Gaudreau and Monahan piling up the points since being reunited


Call it a shot in the arm.

Since being reunited on a line with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, Micheal Ferland has been lighting it up.

"Funny what confidence does for people, hey, and a few goals," coach Glen Gulutzan remarked. "I think he adds a real great element to that group, and the fact that he's all over the net and creating space for Johnny and Mony."

Ferland now has five goals this season, and four in his last seven games, since rejoining Gaudreau and Monahan. He's nearly at a point-per-game in that time: six points in his last seven, same as Monahan. 

"I think it's nice to build some chemistry with Ferly," said Gaudreau, who leads the team in scoring with 19 points, 15 of those assists. "Ever since they put him back with us he's been one of our best players throughout the season here. It's good for him, he's building confidence, and he's helping our team win games."

The entire line is contributing to each other's offensive outputs. Ferland has one unassisted goal - his wraparound tally against the Canucks in Tuesday's 5-3 loss at the Scotiabank Saddledome - and for the rest, at least one of Gaudreau or Monahan has contributed.

Meanwhile, he's been in on five of Gaudreau's eight points since rejoining the line, and three of Monahan's six.

The trio has played 118:25 five-on-five minutes together, according to Natural Stat Trick, making them one of the most consistent lines the Flames have, alongside the 3M Line. Their Corsi-for of 57.08% and a goals-for of 50.00% places them as one of the best lines the team has at its disposal, as well.

In other words, Ferland is money with Johnny and Mony.

It also helps that he's so well-rounded, both in terms of skill and physicality, that he can help his linemates in just about any situation he could possibly be called upon.

"He's physical, he keeps the flies off," Gulutzan said. "So for me, he does a lot for that line. He skates, he forechecks. So I think he's playing with a lot of confidence now, and at the end of the day I just think Ferly's a good player and he fits in nice. He's a good complement with those two."

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