Saturday, October 22, 2016
Preview: Blues at Flames
Goaltending was a nightmare of last season for the Calgary Flames, who hoped to consolidate the problem by acquiring Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues. The transition proved to be rocky for Calgary and Elliott, who is winless in three starts as the Blues visit Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.
It is not known if Elliott get the nod against his former teammates after he fell to 0-3-0 with a 4.72 goals against average unsightly after the defeat 4-2 at home Thursday in Carolina. "It is not a full-game question? It's just minor faults here and there," said Elliott journalists. "And it starts with me. I have to make a save here and there, too, to keep us in it." St. Louis won its first three games before dropping the first two stages of its journey through three-game western Canada, scoring one goal each loss in Vancouver and Edmonton. The Blues have won six consecutive games with the Flames before dropping a 7-4 decision in Calgary on March 14.
ABOUT THE BLUES (3-1-1): Jake Allen Elliott had supplanted as the No. 1 goalie last season until an injury opened the door for it to lead St. Louis to the final Western Conference. Allen, who is 2-0-0 lifetime against Calgary was a good start with two goals allowed in each of its four outputs. "We really lost some great goalkeepers displayed by Jake," coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters. "He was outstanding and gave us a chance to win both of these last two games."
IN FLAMES (1-3-1): While Elliott struggled, the Calgary power play was a disaster. the only goal for the Flames with the man advantage came in the game of the season and they are 0-for-19 since, including failing on six chances in each of the last two games. "I think our confidence is lost, perhaps, our power play, and that's what we have to go," said the coach Glen Gulutzan journalists. "For me, this is the focal point? Get some mojo on it and to get support for the execution of our goalkeeper. "