Playoffs could be in question as Flames’ goalless drought continues


  • Humbled in Glendale and humiliated in Vegas (again), the Calgary Flames return home from a two-game trip with the same number of points as they had goals.
  • Zero.
  • One day after being shut out 3-0 by the Arizona Coyotes, the Flames crapped out again in Vegas, losing 6-0 Sunday to a Golden Knights team that entered the game struggling to score goals.
  • That’s four losses in a row for a Calgary club with just three goals in that span.
  • These Calgary Flames just can’t score.
  • One year after finishing second in the league averaging 3.52 goals a game, the Flames sit 28th, almost a full goal less at 2.60 a game.
  • It’s no secret who the team’s leading culprits are, as former 30-goal men Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan are in well-documented slides.
  • But this is a team-wide issue.
  • So far this year there are only two offensive stars – Matthew Tkachuk and Elias Lindholm – and a boatload of passengers.
  • It’s anyone’s guess how a roster almost identical to the one they rode to the top of the Western Conference standings last year can suddenly be so anemic.
  • It’s a problem that now has the Flames with a 10-10-3 record and 4-8-1 on the road — a record that will have to improve if these lads are to be a playoff team.
  • Yes, their start has been so full of inconsistency, the talk has turned from this being a season of playoff atonement to a season in which the playoffs could be in serious question.
  • It’s early, yes.
  • It’s starting to become apparent the large number of empty seats at the Saddledome these days has more to do with just the economy.
  • Fans are having a hard time buying into this bunch, especially with every game in which they don’t appear to be buying in either.
Sources & Credits: Eric Francis, Sportsnet
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