First round: Game 5 (Series tied 2-2)
8:30pm Cairo time, Scotiabank Saddledome
TV: Bally Sports Southwest, ESPN
radio: Ticket 96.7-FM, 1310-AM
The Calgary Flames have been one of the best puck possession teams in the NHL all season, so it’s no surprise that they continue that into the playoffs. In fact, the flame is actually better now.
The Flames ranked fourth in shooting differentials during the regular season with an average of 6.5-plus per game. They finished second in the playoffs in plus-11.2. Calgary ranks fifth in production picks per game at 37.5 (no games in overtime), and ranks fifth in the league. The Flames are the top in the shots funnel at 26.3.
While Dallas talked a lot about keeping shots and scoring chances for the Flames, it wasn’t easy. In Monday’s 4-1 loss in Dallas, Calgary scored 53 shots on target and more than 40 scoring chances.
“It’s disappointing,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said.
The veteran bench coach said the team and coaching staff know how to solve problems, but they have to go out and do it.
“We’ve been on the wrong side of them many times in all three areas,” Bowness said. “We were too slow to lock in on them in the defensive zone which is why they were able to spin the disc just as well. It started with the first turn where our striker got caught on the wrong side and we didn’t close fast enough in our zone.”
defenseman Ryan Sutter He said that Flames won most puck fights, and that just a more competitive turn of the game would go a long way to turning things around.
“They’re a good team,” Sutter said. “They came to us strong from the first shift, responded really well and now it’s our turn. They played a great hockey game, we were a little away, and when you are a little bit away from a top-tier team like that, a big favorite in this league, they’re going to make you pay. They made us pay.”
defenseman John Klingberg He said that by playing better in all areas, the Superstars will be able to bridge that gap in puck possession.
“Maybe you play the end a little faster,” Klingberg said. “They’re a good team out there and we know they’re going to get the disc a lot, but if we can finish playing faster and keep the disc a little bit more, we’ll play with more possession and spend more time in the o-zone.”
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The stars are making some changes in the lineup, so there will be new energy. But Bowness said it’s a huge deal for veterans to step up and take over.
“The onus is on the players,” said Bowness. “The guys on the bench can see what’s going on. We’re flipping the pucks, so let’s keep it going. If one of the rows flips it, you tell the next line, OK, you guys got to go deeper into it so we can change the momentum. If the line flips it. Next, the momentum remains on their side, so it’s the players’ responsibility to get on the ice, see what’s out there and make the right decisions.”
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Bowness is making major line-up changes, scratching both Denis Guryanov And Alexander Radulovshuffling all his lines.
Jacob Peterson22, will play his first Stanley Cup game, while Marian Studenik, 23, will get his second match. They are both younger players with good speed and have proven to be strong two-way players this season, which is the reason for the moves.
As for sorcery, Jason Robertson He will be taken from the top line and will play alongside him Tyler Seguin And Jimmy Ben – At least to start – While Michael Ravel He will take Robertson’s place in the lead with Rob Hintz And Joe Pavlesky. Dallas has seven goals in four games so far, so he needs to find some spark.
“Hopefully he’ll bring Seiji and Jimmy Robow into the fight,” Bowness said. “We have to get more players into the fight. We need more.”
Bowness said Ravel should do the same for first grade.
“He was playing hockey really well for us, and he stuck with the puck,” said Bowness. “He does a good job on the front check, is reliable defensively, and we hope the Roope and the Pavs get a little more tweaks.”
In addition, Peterson will play with Vladislav Namestnikov And Luke Glindingwhile stodinick plays with Joel Kiviranta And Radek’s fax.
Bowness can change things quickly, but he seems committed to the new lines.
“Is it worth the bet at this time?” He said. “Yes, for me it is.”
Video: Squad changes for Game 5
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Jake Oettinger He will make his fifth consecutive start of the series.
Raffle Hintz Pavlesky
Robertson Ben Seguin
Glinding Vice Peterson
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Dallas ranks third in the playoffs in blocked shots per 60 minutes at 19.75. Calgary ranks 13th with a rate of 12.5 blocks per game.
Among the top performers in playoffs, Calgary’s Elias Lindholm was third with a 56 percent win percentage.
Calgary and Dallas both rank 13th in strength-playing success at 11 percent. Each is 2 vs 17 in the first four matches.
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“He was the only reason we were in the match. I told the coaches after the game that we missed a great goalkeeper performance. Their player made some big balls, he didn’t make a lot of them, but he made something big that saved at the right time. Otter was great, so that was the result. 1-0 with the third set going in. We had some looks to make it 1-1 and then they got a penalty. He’s a pro.” – Bowness on Oettinger’s performance in Game 4
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Mike Hicah He is a Senior Staff Writer at DallasStars.com and has covered the stars since 1994. Follow him on Twitter Tweet embed.