Saturday, October 17, 2015

Battle of Alberta Recap - Oilers 5, Flames 2 - Nadir

Credit: Perry Nelson - USA Today Sports
na·dir
ˈnādər,ˈnādir/
noun
  1. the lowest point in the fortunes of a person or organization.
    "they had reached the nadir of their sufferings"
    synonyms:lowest point, lowest level, all-time low, bottomrock-bottom
    informalpits
    "the nadir of his career"

So, about those Flames...

The Calgary Flames played a horrendous game on Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers, playing a apathetic, lacklustre match which could be best described as their nadir. Their lowest point.

Put this game out of your mind. Don't bring it up at work, at school, or at home.

Oh, and don't forget to read this recap!

What Happened?


- Well, Connor McDavid scored twice, and the HNIC panel was talking about him all night (to the surprise of no one). He was pretty excellent, racking up three points. Why can't we get any players like him?

- Speaking of players like McDavid, well, the Oilers have three more of them, and they all scored as well on Saturday. That will not be a one-time occurrence.

- Cam Talbot got his first win as an Oiler. He looked sharp.

Now, onto the Flames:

- David Jones had an excellent game. He scored two goals, nearly deflected in a third late in the final frame, and actually looked like he had the desire to beat the Oilers.

- Dennis Wideman got assists on both of Jones' goals. He also looked solid.

- Dougie Hamilton played an incredibly ineffective game. #27 needs to stop taking penalties - his two minors on the night put him up to 4 on the season. In five games.

- Mark Giordano looks lost out there. Was T.J. Brodie the one who was keeping that pairing afloat last year? Gio was a team-worst -3 on the night.

- Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan had a single shot on the night. Not each. Combined. Monahan had the shot.

- Jonas Hiller made one fantastic save tonight. Other than that, he was really un-good. Joni Ortio needs to play, and soon.

- Brandon Bollig, or Paul Byron. Who would you waive?

- Mason Raymond was not spectacular tonight. Hopefully he'll get back to how he was playing earlier this year.

- The Flames currently sit at 1-4 on the season, the same as the Oilers. Since Edmonton has the tiebreaker against the Flames right now, the Flames currently sit at sixth in the Pacific Division. The only team below them? The Anaheim Ducks.

- The Flames' 19 goals against is the worst mark in the Western Conference.

- The Flames' 0-3-0 home record is also the worst in the West.

Your Flame of the Game 




Two goals. Two shots. Two candidates for this award.

David Jones was easily the best Flame tonight. He was the only player who looked like he was earning his contract (and at $4 million, too!).

Great game, Jonesy.

Also considered: Dennis Wideman, D

Worst Flame of the Game 




He's taking too many penalties, and has very little chemistry with Giordano. 

Also considered: Everyone not named Dennis and David

Up Next


The Flames play against the Capitals at the 'Dome in a battle between Curtis Glencross' two last teams.

Boy, could the Flames have used him tonight.

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