The Calgary Flames have continued to stumble their way towards the 82-game mark. As a team that started the season facing such high expectations, now they are left to wonder what could have been.
In their third-to-last contest of the season on Tuesday night, the Flames faced a Coyotes team who have had a strong month, despite having one of the worst point totals in the NHL. Their record as of late can be attributed to Antti Raanta, their Finnish number one goaltender. Raanta – who was acquired from the New York Rangers in the offseason – has had a strong second half for the Coyotes.
Like a lot of things this season, this one didn’t go the Flames’ way. Their trend of heavily out-shooting teams but not being able to score continued, with shots favouring Calgary 43-21 but the score ending up 4-1 for the Coyotes.
The lone bright spot in this one was deadline-acquisition Nick Shore, who got his first goal as a Flame.
— Danica Ferris