2021-10-21
Calgary Flames
Detroit Red Wings
League : NHL

Detroit Red Wings vs Calgary Flames Prediction & Preview



 

 

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The Calgary Flames will go on the road and take on the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. The Flames have a record of 0-1-1. The Wings have a record of 2-0-1.

 

Flames Winless After Two Games

The Flames have lost both their games to start the season. Their last game was a 3-2 overtime loss against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night. Johnny Gaudreau had two assists. Blake Coleman and Elias Lindholm each scored a goal. Jacob Markstrom stopped 24 out of 27 shots faced.

 

The offense was fairly average for the Flames last season. They ranked 20th in goals per game and 11th in shots per game last year. Johnny Gaudreau led the team with 49 points. The Flames are not off to a good start offensively this season. Calgary scored two goals in each of their first two games this season. Elias Lindholm has scored a goal in each game. Rasmus Andersson has recorded an assist in each game. The Flames did not make a huge move in the offseason to bolster their offense.

Calgary played well on defense last season and received fairly average goaltending. The Flames ranked 16th in goals against per game and sixth in shots against per game last season. Jacob Markstrom had a record of 22-19-2 with a 2.68 GAA and a .904 SV%. He has struggled to start the season. Markstrom has allowed three goals or more in each of the first two games of the season. The Flames lost Mark Giordano in the offseason to the Seattle Kraken. Losing Giordano is a big blow to Calgary’s defense.

 

Red Wings Win Two Straight

The Wings won their second straight game Tuesday night by defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1. Vladislav Namestnikov, Adam Erne, and Lucas Raymond each had a goal and assist. Dylan Larkin had two assists and Tyler Bertuzzi scored a goal. Thomas Greiss stopped 22 out of 23 shots faced.

 

The Red Wings were horrible on offense last season. They ranked 30th in goals per game and shots per game. Filip Hronek led the team with just 26 points last season. Through three games this season, the Wings have been much better on offense. They have scored three goals or more in each of their first three games of the season. Tyler Bertuzzi has been red hot to start the season. He has six points, five goals, and one assist in his first three games.

 

 

Defense and goaltending were not very good for Detroit last year. The team ranked 20th in goals against per game and 25th in shots against per game. Thomas Greiss had a record of 8-15-8 with a 2.70 GAA and .912 SV %. He has been sharp in the net, starting two out of the first three games for Detroit. Greiss has allowed one goal in each of his first two starts. Alex Nedeljkovic was acquired in the offseason. He had a record of 15-5-3 with a 1.90 GAA and a .932 SV% last season. Nedeljkovic struggled in his only start of the season, allowing seven goals on 41 shots against the Lightning. Moritz Seider has looked really good to start the season and looks to help Detroit offensively and defensively. Nick Leddy was acquired in the offseason and he and Seider have been paired on defense.







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