timberland city adventure Flames look to extend hot streak and head into NHL break on high note
After Sunday’s clash against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Center, the Calgary Flames will part ways for the National Hockey League mandated break.
They wrapping up a four game road trip, looking to extend a six game win streak and certainly not wanting to ease off the gas pedal now not with the way the Pacific Division is log jammed and the fact the Flames finally just got themselves on stable ground.
But Glen Gulutzan coached the Flames (23 16 4) through a 10 game winning streak in 2016 17 almost exactly this time last year and is well aware of staying grounded, even keeled and consistent.
just stay steady on the wheel with these things, Gulutzan said in the wake of Friday 4 2 win against the Florida Panthers. me, it a good time to push. You push when you in these things because the guys are a little more receptive.
The Flames had a day off on Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina, in preparation for Sunday matinee.
But with wins in Minnesota, Tampa Bay, and Florida to improve their road record to 12 5 4, there a lot to like about their game.
kind of just kind of rolls and everything feels pretty good, said Flames forward Mikael Backlund. just have to remember to do the little things right. When we take the foot off the gas, it going to hit us. So if we keep winning games,
we put ourselves in a good spot. penalty kill allowed one goal on four Panthers man advantage opportunities on Friday night, but it was the only blemish in the last six games (killing off 18 of 19). Meanwhile, their powerplay has scored in two straight games. And their final frames are tightening up.
They been out shot for the last three games but, otherwise, they winning games they weren able to win before. No other team in the NHL has more consecutive victories.
Mikael Backlund 11 of the Calgary Flames shoots the puck during a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on January 11, 2018 in Tampa, Florida.
PK has been way better. Our powerplay has improved. (Friday) and in Tampa, I thought our third periods were really solid, Backlund said. Minnesota, we sat back a bit but found a way to win. I think that shows strength. We gotten good goaltending. We kept it simple when we had to, and made plays at the right time.
So, in other words, keep the good times rolling.
are going well,
said Flames captain Mark Giordano. felt like we were playing well before this streak started. We were losing a few shootout games and overtime games.