After a trade deadline where the Boston Bruins shipped away prospect Axel Andersson, veteran David Backes, Danton Heinen, and a first round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the Bruins were set to take on the Calgary Flames. With Ondrej Kase out on the IR, all eyes were set on newly acquired forward Nick Ritchie.
The Pacific division is in complete chaos at the moment, with the top four teams in the division stumbling their respective ways through it. Amidst the confusion, enter the Calgary Flames, who returned home on Saturday night after a four-game road trip with three wins against divisional opponents, boasting a +12 goal differential over that four-game stretch.
Exactly half-way through their season the Calgary Flames turned in one of their most disappointing efforts of the season. The 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks cannot come as a surprise to anyone who has followed the team through their first 41 games. Inconsistency is Calgary’s team brand so far this year.
After rattling off seven straight wins, the Flames have come back down to earth after losing their last two games at home. They’ve been outscored 8-1 in those two games, but the lopsided scores are not an accurate reflection of the hockey being played by a newly-invigorated Flames team.