NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 Tot
Calgary 1 2 3 6
Columbus 0 0 0 0
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00 BRT, January 26, 2022
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio  Attendance: 13,737

Blue Jackets, desperate for more goal production, face Flames

Calgary Flames at Columbus Blue Jackets

  1. The Flames have won their last four games against the Blue Jackets, most recently a 3-2 overtime win in Calgary on March 4, 2020. The only other four-game winning streak by either team in the 61-game all-time series was four consecutive Flames wins from 2003 to 2005.
  2. The Flames have won the last 34 regular-season games in which they scored four goals or more, a streak which began in February 2020. It is the longest winning streak of its kind in Flames franchise history. Looking back further, the Flames are 70-1-1 in the last 72 regular-season when they score at least four goals.
  3. Matthew Tkachuk had five assists in Calgary's 7-1 win against St. Louis on Monday. It was the first five-assist game by an NHL player this season and only third by a Flames player in the last 27 seasons. The other five-assist games since 1994-95 for Calgary players were by Dion Phaneuf (Dec. 13, 2007) and Sean Monahan (Dec. 31, 2018).
  4. Johnny Gaudreau has had two four-point games in the Flames' last three games. His career total of 11 games with four or more points ranks him seventh in Flames franchise history.
  5. Columbus is 6-14-1 since November 27. The Blue Jackets' .310 points percentage since that date is the third lowest in the NHL (Montreal 3-11-5, .289; Philadelphia 5-15-4, .292).
  6. Zach Werenski has had more than 28 minutes of ice time in each of the Blue Jackets' last three games. It is the longest such streak of his NHL/Columbus career and the longest by a Blue Jackets skater since Jack Johnson's three-game streak in March 2014. No Columbus skater has ever played more than 28:00 in each of four consecutive team games.

The glass-half-full view of the Columbus Blue Jackets' recent woes says they are a team not receiving its just rewards. Case in point: Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators, in which the Blue Jackets outshot the Senators and had more high-danger scoring chances.

As the Blue Jackets prepare to play host to the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, it is just as easy to take the glass-half-empty view that the Blue Jackets are not playing well enough to win, especially offensively.

The Blue Jackets have lost two straight games, dropped three of four outings and are on a 6-14-1 slide that has them plummeting down the standings, and their lack of goals has been a major factor.

"I'm overthinking it too much sometimes when I get into scoring position," admitted forward Jakub Voracek. "I'm thinking too much instead of just shooting it somewhere, trying to always come up with some extra and sometimes it doesn't work."

Adding to their woes is the ice-cold power play. The Blue Jackets are converting at a miserable 6.67 percent rate (3-for-45) in the last 20 games while holding a man-advantage. Among players struggling for offensive success are Patrik Laine, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Jack Roslovic and Max Domi.

"I want to see more shooting from our team," said coach Brad Larsen, who called his team "lifeless" recently. "That's the one thing we talked about ... playing more direct, funneling pucks.

"We're trying to tic-tac-toe it in. We're not there right now. That's not how we're gonna score goals. We needed to generate more shots when those opportunities came."

The Flames arrive in Ohio riding high after a 7-1 thumping of the St. Louis Blues at home on Monday, a game in which Johnny Gaudreau netted one goal and three assists while Matthew Tkachuk collected five assists.

Calgary has struggled since early December after a COVID-19 outbreak, but has won two of its last three games and scored 15 goals in that span that also included a one-sided victory over the Florida Panthers, who were atop the league standings at the time. In between those games, they saw a 2-0 lead disappear en route to losing 5-3 to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

Tkachuk has recorded 13 points in a five-game streak.

"We had a two-goal lead after the first period in Edmonton and had a two-goal lead again (Monday)," Tkachuk said after beating St. Louis. "We played better in the second period, didn't give them much. They didn't have much after two periods. In the third period, they got a little more time in our zone -- more shots, more chances, which we weren't happy about -- but in general, yeah, we're happy with that win."

Despite his team's recent offensive outburst, coach Darryl Sutter was quick to point out the similarity between both of their wins in the last week. Both the Blues and Panthers are in the top five offensively in the league, but the Flames held them to one goal.

"We didn't give them much. That's a big improvement on our last game," Sutter said while comparing his club's recent performances. "The bottom line is, we have to check to win. Two goals was enough to win (those games) and that's how you've got to play."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 25, 2022

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