When the NHL schedule came out, if you thought tonight’s game between the Kings and Flames would be a battle for the wild card spot in the standings, you’re clearly not telling the truth. Most people in Calgary likely didn’t even expect their team to be as good as they have been this season. Conversely, coming off their second Stanley Cup in three years, few observers would have expected Los Angeles to not be battling for the Pacific Division lead this year.
And that’s why they play the games on ice, not on a computer or on paper. This will be the Kings final game before the NHL shuts down for a few days, so we’re here to help. Below are five notes that will certainly make you sound smart while watching all the action with a friend or loved one… or even at a sports bar talking to strangers…
Five Things You May Not Have Known about Calgary Flames:
1. Calgary (8-0-0) is one of three teams who have yet to lose this season when leading after 40 minutes.
2. The Flames have been outscored through two periods of play this season by a total of 69 to 41. Conversely, the Flames have outscored the opposition by 20 goals in the third period.
3. Recently, times have been tough. Calgary enters tonight having lost eight consecutive games, seven of them coming in regulation. Over those eight losses, they have only scored 13 goals total.
4. Chicago and Anaheim are the only Western Conference teams to have scored more than the 100 goals posted by the Flames this season.
5. Dennis Wideman is tied with Sharks defenseman Brent Burns for the most goals scored by a blueliner this season, with ten. His Flames teammate, Mark Giordano, is close behind with nine goals.
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