NHL Hockey

1
Final 1 2 3 Tot
Ottawa 1 0 0 1
Calgary 2 1 2 5
5
6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ET22:00 BRT, March 21, 2019
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta  Attendance: 18,793

Flames want to avoid slipup vs. Senators

Ottawa Senators at Calgary Flames

  1. Ottawa lost, 7-4, in Vancouver on Wednesday, its sixth time allowing seven or more goals this season. That's the most such games in the NHL this season and the Sens' most since the 1993-94 season (14 games).
  2. Calgary defeated Columbus, 4-2, on Tuesday and has won four of its last five after losing each of the previous four. The Flames lead the Sharks by three points in the Pacific Division and are seeking their first division title since 2006-07. They have the easiest remaining strength of schedule in the NHL (.478).
  3. The Flames have won four of the last five meetings with the Senators, but the Sens' lone win came in their last trip to Calgary, a 6-0 whitewashing on October 13, 2017.
  4. Brady Tkachuk lit the lamp in Wednesday's loss, his 17th goal of the season. His 37 points rank fourth among rookies this season, while his 17 goals are the most by a Senators rookie since 2014-15, when Mike Hoffman scored 27 and Mark Stone had 26.
  5. Johnny Gaudreau scored his 35th goal of the season on Tuesday, his fifth goal in his last four games. Gaudreau has already set career highs in goals (35) and points (92) this season and needs just three assists to match his career high of 60.
  6. The Flames have four skaters with 70+ points this season - tied with the Penguins for the most in the NHL -- and Mark Giordano is close to becoming the fifth, sitting at 68 points this season. The Senators have had just two 70-point scorers in the last five seasons, as Erik Karlsson scored 71 in 2016-17 and 82 in 2015-16.

Sitting first in the Western Conference and already with a playoff berth in their pocket, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Calgary Flames look past their next opponent.

Up next for the Flames are the Ottawa Senators, the NHL's last-place squad, for a Thursday night clash in the Stampede City. And the Senators are coming off a 7-4 road loss Wednesday night to the Vancouver Canucks, while Calgary had the night off.

However, the Flames (45-21-7, 97 points) are well aware the importance of their game with Ottawa isn't so much about the opposition as it is for them to start cranking up their play for what's coming in a few weeks: the Stanley Cup playoffs.

"We can't lose like 10 games in a row and expect to start the playoffs at a high (level)," Calgary goalie David Rittich said. "We want to be ready for that, and the only way to do it is to play every game until then as if it's a playoff game. Plus, we want to finish first in the division. That's our (motivation) right now."

Calgary has won four of five, the latest a 4-2 victory over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. The Flames are three points ahead of the San Jose Sharks in the race for the top berth in the West.

"Every game's important, especially for us," Flames forward Austin Czarnik said. "We have to come in with the mindset that we need the two points every single night to get to where we want to be and set ourselves up as well as we can for the playoffs."

Meanwhile, the Senators (25-42-6, 56 points) are looking for motivation. They are already eliminated from postseason contention.

"Guys, in a lot of cases, are playing for contracts next year," interim Ottawa head coach Marc Crawford told Postmedia. "This is an organization that needs players, needs bodies, and there's a lot of guys in our organization whose contracts are up. It's nice they're getting great opportunity to show themselves, and they've shown themselves well."

Speaking of showing well, Max Veronneau, whom the Senators signed as a free agent out of Princeton University a couple of weeks ago, netted his first NHL goal against the Canucks, giving him one goal and two points in three big-league games.

Unfortunately, the task for Ottawa may have become a little harder. The Senators are already without top defenseman Thomas Chabot -- who may return from a broken toe Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers -- and blue-liner Cody Ceci left the Vancouver game due to an upper-body injury.

Meanwhile, the Flames might get some key players back in the lineup very soon. Top-line center Sean Monahan (illness) and forward Sam Bennett (upper-body injury) could return after missing the past two games, while veteran winger James Neal (upper-body injury) is nearing a return having sat out 16 games -- although he's not expected to suit up against Ottawa.

"He's getting closer, but sometimes you need a game, too. That'll hopefully be this weekend," Calgary coach Bill Peters said of Neal.

--Field Level Media

Updated March 21, 2019

Sports Data API Powered by STATS © 2019 by STATS.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS is strictly prohibited.

NBA Scoreboard
Philadelphia 12:00 PT1:00 MT2:00 CT3:00 ET19:00 GMT3:00 12:00 MST1:00 CST2:00 EST23:00 UAE21:0015:00 ET2:00 CT18:00
Preview
Brooklyn 
Denver 2:30 PT3:30 MT4:30 CT5:30 ET21:30 GMT5:30 2:30 MST3:30 CST4:30 EST1:30 UAE (+1)23:3017:30 ET4:30 CT20:30
Preview
San Antonio 
Milwaukee 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 MST6:00 CST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 CT23:00
Preview
Detroit 
Houston 7:30 PT8:30 MT9:30 CT10:30 ET2:30 GMT10:30 7:30 MST8:30 CST9:30 EST6:30 UAE (+1)04:3022:30 ET9:30 CT1:30
Preview
Utah 
NHL Scoreboard
Dallas 12:00 PT1:00 MT2:00 CT3:00 ET19:00 GMT3:00 12:00 MST1:00 CST2:00 EST23:00 UAE15:00 ET16:00 BRT
Preview
Nashville 
Winnipeg 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 MST5:00 CST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET20:00 BRT
Preview
St. Louis 
Carolina 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 MST6:00 CST7:00 EST4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET21:00 BRT
Preview
Washington 
MLB Scoreboard
Interleague
Atlanta01:10 PT2:10 MT3:10 CT4:10 ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 MST3:10 EST3:40 VEN0:10 UAE (+1)3:10 CT
Cleveland0
Atlanta 4:40 PT5:40 MT6:40 CT7:40 ET19:40 ET23:40 GMT7:40 4:40 MST6:40 EST5:40 CST7:10 VEN3:40 UAE (+1)6:40 CT
Cleveland 
American League
Kansas City0Top
5th
NY Yankees6
Chi White Sox Postponed
Detroit 
Minnesota01:05 PT2:05 MT3:05 CT4:05 ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 MST3:05 EST3:35 VEN0:05 UAE (+1)3:05 CT
Baltimore0
Toronto01:07 PT2:07 MT3:07 CT4:07 ET16:07 ET20:07 GMT4:07 1:07 MST3:07 EST3:37 VEN0:07 UAE (+1)3:07 CT
Preview
Oakland0
Boston03:10 PT4:10 MT5:10 CT6:10 ET18:10 ET22:10 GMT6:10 3:10 MST5:10 EST5:40 VEN2:10 UAE (+1)5:10 CT
Preview
Tampa Bay0
Minnesota 4:35 PT5:35 MT6:35 CT7:35 ET19:35 ET23:35 GMT7:35 4:35 MST6:35 EST5:35 CST7:05 VEN3:35 UAE (+1)6:35 CT
Preview
Baltimore 
Houston 5:05 PT6:05 MT7:05 CT8:05 ET20:05 ET0:05 GMT8:05 5:05 MST7:05 EST6:05 CST7:35 VEN4:05 UAE (+1)7:05 CT
Preview
Texas 
Seattle 6:07 PT7:07 MT8:07 CT9:07 ET21:07 ET1:07 GMT9:07 6:07 MST8:07 EST7:07 CST8:37 VEN5:07 UAE (+1)8:07 CT
Preview
LA Angels 
National League
NY Mets0Bot
2nd
St. Louis0
Arizona2Bot
1st
Chi Cubs0
San Francisco01:05 PT2:05 MT3:05 CT4:05 ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 MST3:05 EST3:35 VEN0:05 UAE (+1)3:05 CT
Pittsburgh0
Washington03:10 PT4:10 MT5:10 CT6:10 ET18:10 ET22:10 GMT6:10 3:10 MST5:10 EST5:40 VEN2:10 UAE (+1)5:10 CT
Preview
Miami0
LA Dodgers 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST5:10 CST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Milwaukee 
Philadelphia 5:10 PT6:10 MT7:10 CT8:10 ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 MST7:10 EST6:10 CST7:40 VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 CT
Preview
Colorado 
Cincinnati 5:40 PT6:40 MT7:40 CT8:40 ET20:40 ET0:40 GMT8:40 5:40 MST7:40 EST6:40 CST8:10 VEN4:40 UAE (+1)7:40 CT
Preview
San Diego 
Minor League Baseball
International League
Pawtucket 10:05 PT11:05 MT12:05 CT1:05 ET11:05 MT1:05 ET6:05 GMT2:05 北京时间
Syracuse 
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 10:05 PT11:05 MT12:05 CT1:05 ET11:05 MT1:05 ET6:05 GMT2:05 北京时间
Buffalo 
Pawtucket 12:35 PT1:35 MT2:35 CT3:35 ET1:35 MT3:35 ET8:35 GMT4:35 北京时间
Syracuse 
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 12:35 PT1:35 MT2:35 CT3:35 ET1:35 MT3:35 ET8:35 GMT4:35 北京时间
Buffalo 
Columbus 2:05 PT3:05 MT4:05 CT5:05 ET3:05 MT5:05 ET10:05 GMT6:05 北京时间
Toledo 
Gwinnett 2:05 PT3:05 MT4:05 CT5:05 ET3:05 MT5:05 ET10:05 GMT6:05 北京时间
Durham 
Charlotte 2:05 PT3:05 MT4:05 CT5:05 ET3:05 MT5:05 ET10:05 GMT6:05 北京时间
Norfolk 
Rochester 3:35 PT4:35 MT5:35 CT6:35 ET4:35 MT6:35 ET11:35 GMT7:35 北京时间
Lehigh Valley 
Louisville 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET5:05 MT7:05 ET12:05 GMT8:05 北京时间
Indianapolis 
Gwinnett 4:35 PT5:35 MT6:35 CT7:35 ET5:35 MT7:35 ET12:35 GMT8:35 北京时间
Durham 
Charlotte 4:35 PT5:35 MT6:35 CT7:35 ET5:35 MT7:35 ET12:35 GMT8:35 北京时间
Norfolk 
ATP Scoreboard
Saturday, Apr. 20
Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters (ATP)
Semifinals
(10) D. Medvedev5 1    
D. Lajovic7 6    
(2) R. Nadal4 2    
(13) F. Fognini6 6