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Fire in the Deep: A Kraken vs Flames previewThe Need to Knows Time: 7:00 pm PT / 10:00 pm ET The Place: Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle Where to Watch: ROOT-NW or ESPN+ if out of market Where to Listen: KJR 93. 3 An Opposing Viewpoint: Matchsticks and Gasoline Know Your Enemy We’ve seen the Flames a few times this season. They are in a weird spot right now in the standings. As the March 3rd trade deadline starts to approach, teams are taking stock of where they are.
The bottom-six is where the roster quality really falls off. Hurting the defensive group is Christopher Tanev, Brandon’s brother, who will miss the next two games before the All-Star break. Game Preview Flames @ Kraken: Game 48 Kraken Flames Overall Record 28-14-5 (61 points) 23-16-9 (55 points) Last 10 games 7-2-1 (15 points) 5-3-2 (12 points) Power play 21. 3% (18th) 19. 4% (23rd) Penalty kill 71. 5% (31st) 82. 1% (6th) Calgary is coming off a back-to-back, losing 5-1 at home to Chicago Thursday night. Jacob Markstrom started in goal against Chicago, so we should expect Dan Vladar on Friday.
The bottom teams will look to deal their expiring contracts to teams looking to pick up someone for a playoff run. The Flames don’t seem to really know which bucket they fall into. Calgary is fifth in the division and ninth in the conference, so they’re just out of the playoffs if the playoffs started today. Their best shot at the postseason is not to catch Seattle for a top three division spot, but as a wildcard. Do they make a push to get into the postseason, and at what cost to their future? The team composition itself is more top-heavy than Seattle. They have a very good top-six forward group led by Jonathan Huberdeau, Elias Lindholm, and Nazem Kadri, and they have two good defensive pairings.
The last time the Flames played a back-to-back was on December 27th when they played at home against Edmonton, then played December 28th in... Seattle, which they won 3-2. Seattle will be without Justin Schultz and Jaden Schwartz, and also likely Matty Beniers, who is on the injury report after this “garbage” hit from Vancouver’s Tyler Myers. The little injuries are adding up. Seattle has two games at home on a back-to-back before a nice, long rest.
Fire in the Deep: A Kraken vs Flames preview