Can't Afford to"Peter Out" Now!
Calgary, AB - Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 4:00 PM EST
Do we find it ironic that disgraced NHL coach Bill Peters was "fired" by the "Flames"? OK, poor attempt at humor there. We won't exacerbate that topic any further in this forum. This is for sure though: the Carolina Hurricanes (19-11-2) will not have their former bench boss looking on from the opposing bench when they visit the Calgary Flames (18-12-4) on Saturday afternoon in Calgary. The Canes will certainly be facing a red-hot Calgary team that is currently riding a seven-game winning streak. In order for a storm surge to douse these scorching Flames, they will have to play some stingy defense (check), generate some offense (uhhh), and stay out of the sin bin (no comment).
This will be a huge test for Carolina, coming off a head-scratcher 1-0 OT loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. The Hurricanes have earned three out of four possible points thus far - not too shabby - but will have their hands full against a tough opponent seeking their eight straight win. Carolina must dig deep, play with fervor, and attempt to be disciplined.
I have given up on the Canes ability to fix their penalty woes. I am accepting the fact they're not as disciplined as they should be, and they just have to continue to kill penalties with business-like precision. I'll change my stance on that if/when we see improvement.
This is the second and final meeting between the two clubs for the 2019-20 campaign. Carolina edged Calgary 2-1 in Raleigh on October 29, 2019 on two Andrei Svechnikov goals - one being the famous "lacrosse" magic trick that clowned Flames goalie David Rittich. Calgary topped the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 at home on Thursday night.
Expected Calgary lines as of December 13, 2019 (Source: www.dailyfaceoff.com)