Calgary Flames wear down Seattle Kraken and claim victory – Flamesnation
The Flames may have looked a little gassed at times, but they still managed to shut down Seattle on Saturday night. An early start despite being on the West Coast, I was interested in how the team would come out of the gates – that was typical Calgary Flames fashion. Catch first base, play hard no matter what – even if the other team plays you just as physically – and always keep the pressure on the puck. Seattle was unable to muster many significant chances until the end when Markstrom had prepared the response.
CF% – 55.66%, SCF% – 54.71%, HDCF% – 68.97%, xGF% – 66.22%
It’s a team game – The majority of possessions and dangerous chances at 5-on-5 were primarily the Flames. Late in the game, before the goal into an empty net, the Kraken managed to mix up the Flames’ defensive coverage and get some lunge shots. Not a fan of how they fell apart – communication between the defenders and the center player just disappeared for about a minute. For the most part, the Flames were able to control how this one unfolded – Seattle still lacks a bunch of bests. Fine talent that can break through the cover of a good team.
King Corsi – Andrew Mangiapane (75.15 CF%) had a significant rebound in puck possession. He still hasn’t been able to come out of the goal drought, but as long as he still remains good defensively, he provides daily value – also every day of the regular season he doesn’t score the potential ceiling reached for his next one the contract drops a bit. Tyler Toffoli (72.29%) was offered the goal in an empty net by Dubé (60.90%) for his 20th of the season.
Corsican Clown – Johnny Gaudreau (38.42 CF%) and his teammates did all the heavy lifting in the first three games of this road trip, it’s normal that they struggled in this unique game. Even three-point man Noah Hanifin (48.43%) was below 50%. We’ll see later that no one gave up more than the normal number of high danger chances. Losing the Corsi battle just tells us that the other team made more attempts while those skaters were on the ice – it tells us nothing about how bad the odds are. Useful but limited in what it can tell us – so we also incorporate scoring chance rates to fill this gap.
Taken by chance – Connor Mackey (55.10 SCF% // 100 HDCF%) one of six players who didn’t give up high danger looks. Andrew Mangiapane (100% // 100%) gave no chance – period. Did we mention he kills penalties and also gets PP time? He’s basically the Swiss army knife of the Flames. Michael Stone (50.34% // 54.95%) and Nikita Zadorov (53.98% // 54.95%) faced the worst raw chance of high danger against with 3.
xGF% – Now Mangiapane (93.15 xGF%) easily escaped in the lead – Backlund (89.75%) following right behind him. Chris Tanev (80.42%), Milan Lucic (80.26%) and Trevor Lewis (80.03%). It was actually positive everywhere except for three skaters – Gaudreau (34.80%), Tkachuk (44.01%) and Lindholm (49.17%).
Game flow –
The Kraken had a slight setback late in the first and late game. They never really offended each other – which was their downfall. Calgary had 3/4 lines playing good hockey and they used that to ride their momentum to another W.
Game score – Noah Hanifin (3.34 games // 1.10 average) and his three assists top the charts. The whole game. Dillon Dubé (2.19 // 0.45) gets two points for second place while Trevor Lewis (2.18 // 0.26) takes bronze. Blake Coleman – who has scored just his second goal in his last 19 games – came on for this game just under the 2.00 mark at 1.99. Always nice to see a keeper do well here – Markstrom (1.11 // 0.31) deserves the praise.
Shooting heatmap –
As said earlier, the Kraken barely shot the puck. Calgary has managed to somewhat circle the crease despite its difficult last two games. Defensively, this was still considered above average for the Kraken, but not enough for them to escape with the dub.
In the fold – It might not have been the busiest night in terms of tough chances against, but Markstrom was solid until the very end. 1.25 expected goals against with a medium danger goal going through him. A 5v5 SV% of 0.938% – in other words, fantastic work from Calgary’s number one keeper.
Daily specials – Michael Stone and his one-shot bomb. I’ve been working on the second unit lately – but I liked his goal today, the best of his attacking contributions so far. This is because instead of going as far as the blue line like he had in the last two games, he was using the top of the circles. Even getting much closer to the net, your chances of scoring increase dramatically.
Player Spotlight – Trevor Lewis – A two-game goal streak for the veteran – what did Sutter call them – foot soldier? He has been a staple in training since the start of the season. The last two games to cover for Calle Jarnkrok, the coach put Lewis at 3C and it quickly worked for him. “Is it sustainable in the long term?
The 3 stars of Flashalytic –
1) Noah Hanifin
2) André Mangiapane
3) Jacob Markstrom
The Flames continue their season at home against those same Kraken on Tuesday at 7 p.m. MT.
(Stats compiled from Naturalstattrick.com // Game score from Hockeystatcards.com)
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