The Eddie Lack experience got off to a horrible start as the Flames’ backup gave up five goals on 15 shots before getting yanked half-way through an 8-2 loss to the Red Wings. I was skeptical about Lack’s chances of going on a hot run for the Flames and so far the returns have not been good.
Mike Smith remains day-to-day with an ailment they are merely describing as an upper-body injury. While he did not travel with the team to Detroit, the plan is to have him join the team later in the road trip. When exactly? Not soon enough.
Top notch goalie prospect Jon Gillies (#6 on Dobber’s list) came on in relief of Lack conceding three goals on 12 shots. Not great, but I would like to see Gillies get some run in the starting role. He offers more upside than Lack. However, I am not sure if any Flames goaltender stands a chance when the team is taking penalties. After conceding four power-play goals Calgary’s penalty kill fell to dead last at 70.8%.
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Johnny Gaudreau did manage to extend his scoring streak to eight games, taking sole possession of third in league scoring with 26 points.
Micheal Ferland also stayed hot scoring a goal for a fifth straight game. His situation has Patrick Maroon written all over it, so he could have staying power as a fantasy asset. I probably won’t be dropping him until he cools off.
It should be noted that Ferland’s use is essentially done for the week as the only game left on Calgary’s schedule is on a densely packed Saturday in Philadelphia. However, the Flames have a juicy Monday/Wednesday/Friday slate next week where you should get a few extra games played. If you have lots of moves you could try a little catch-and-release hoping to scoop up Ferland on Monday, but my plan is to ride it out unless I get desperate and need to stream someone in on Sunday.
If your league still scores penalty minutes, last night was one of those matchup tilters as ridiculousness broke out during a TV timeout towards the end of the Flames-Red Wings game.
It is extremely unlikely that anyone in your league has Luke Witkowski, but the Red Wing defenseman somehow receive three match penalties and a total of 37 PIM. This was just the