Flames' goal is to survive in McDavid's minutes - TSN.ca

Flames’ goal is to survive in McDavid’s minutes – TSN.ca

Before the Battle of Alberta started, I had a few theories about how this series would work. Chief among them: Calgary is the better team, Edmonton has the best player and, therefore, the best streak.

Except for the goal-bound collapse of either club, these two forces will collide and decide the series in the end.

The first game checked all three of these squares. The Flames comfortable team was the best team. The Conor McDavid The streak was killer as usual. Ironically, we saw a goal-throwing capitulation from both sides.

Edmonton Mike Smith (He conceded three goals on seven shots) It was awful and she was knocked out of the game early. to support Mikko Koskinen (He conceded five goals in 32 shots) She was not better. The only difference between Smith and Calgary is a writer Jacob Markstrom (Six goals were conceded in 22 shots in the face) Daryl Sutter’s reservation was to pull out the trapped goalkeeper. was bad.

Let’s set the goal aside for a moment – after all, it’s extremely rare to see an 80 percent downtime rate for a single game. Instead, let’s focus on the first two components: Calgary’s dictation of the game, and Edmonton’s ability to keep the game close to the pure star power of the McDavid streak.

Starting with Calgary: This was, for all intents and purposes, a defeat in the takeover game. Consider what the numbers looked like on the even power:

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking at pure shot size or fine-tuning those shots according to threat level, the Flames were a very superior side and dictated the flow throughout the match.

We know the Calgary lineup is a bit deeper than the Edmonton lineup (especially in the blue), and a lot of this is to be expected. Notably, all four of Calgary’s streaks were green at night, and three of the four beat Edmonton with equal strength. This is the kind of overall dominance you tend to see from Stanley Cup caliber teams:

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It was a great night for almost every Calgary Flame except Markstrom. Andrew MangyapanAnd Johnny GoudroAnd Matthew Tkachuk (hat trick) They each had three points. Twelve skaters scored at least one point. The only skater who didn’t score a shot at night was the semi-executed 4th line Milan Lucic.

However, this performance from Calgary made me want. Sure, Markstrom struggled. But why did you feel that the Oilers, despite their overall superiority, were on the brink of an unlikely comeback?

This brings us to McDavid’s line. Calgary’s road to victory means slowing down the McDean line, as far as practicable. He’s coming off one of the most dominant playoffs I’ve seen against Los Angeles.

I was curious how Sutter, a talented defensive coach, would try to slow McDavid from a people’s point of view — especially with the recent change.

The Flames don’t have any single unit capable of defending McDavid, but they do have a lot of skilled two-way players and can throw a lot of different bodies into trouble. This is what they did in the first place. The Flames rolled three streaks and three pairs against McDavid, only protecting Lucic-Trevor LewisBrett Ritchie line in the process.

However, Sutter veered for the absolute best. Tkachuk, Gaudreau and Selke Trophy . have arrived Elias Lindholm – anchored by Noah Hanifin And Rasmus Anderson They were asked to do more:

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How do we rank the action of Flames against McDavid in Game 1? I think it’s a little mixed bag. On the plus side of the ledger: As a dominant possession team, Calgary can execute the most tried and true defense against a player of McDavid’s caliber, and that doesn’t allow him to touch the disc. The Flames beat the Oilers 29 to 19 (+10) with McDavid on the ice, taking useful Puck on-Stick time away from Edmonton’s top streak. They also outperformed the Oilers 5-4 against McDavid, although there’s a lot of shooting noise in that data.

On the negative side? These four goals scored by Edmonton’s first line came from a surgical attack sequence, usually following some odd solo effort. (be seen: here And here!)

The main question for the Flames: Can they continue to ramp up the offensive pressure and install McDavid’s streak (featured Evander King And Leon Drystelbasically) in the defensive zone as they did in the extensions in Game 1?

McDavid’s streak was still responsible for four targets – and you can see why from the chart below – but there’s no doubt that the Oilers had a hard time maintaining pressure in their attacking zone, relying heavily on lunge and counter-attack measures to threaten Calgary. Consider the snapshot file with McDavid on Ice:

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That was a massive traffic jam in front of Smith and Koskinen, and it’s one reason Edmonton’s goalkeepers melted through the night.

But Calgary wasn’t clean defensively either. McDavid’s streak was able to generate heaps of scoring opportunities in the net’s mouth and from circles, and none of Flames’ defensive pairs seemed strong or agile enough to push McDavid (or Draisaitl/Kane, for that matter) into the least dangerous scoring areas.

All of this to say: I think Calgary did brilliant last night, except for Markstrom. But McDavid’s minutes were intimidating, and that was with the Oilers’ first streak playing wide in their area. If this subsides marginally, it will mean more pressure on the offensive zone of McDavid’s line.

Calgary’s goal is simply to survive in McDavid’s minutes. In Game 1, they did just that. Repeat it three more times in this series, and Calgary will move on. But I’m not betting on 97 anytime soon.

Data via Natural Stat Trick, NHL.com, Evolution Hockey, and Hockey Reference

2022-05-19 17:23:42

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