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CALGARY, AB — The Calgary Flames are now one full point back of Calgary Stampeders, and with a game in hand, the two teams are currently even at 7-7 on the year. After a pair of disappointing losses on the road Saturday, the Stampeders head to Calgary to face the Flames in a rematch from last season on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. MT.
While the Flames got their fourth win in a row earlier this week, they remain two points behind Calgary, while both of their games against Calgary have been decided by one goal.
Calgary has managed to find a way to win a number of close games lately, including last Friday’s 6-4 road victory over the Washington Capitals. While Saturday’s game will be a test for the Stampeders, they will need to find some answers on Sunday if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Saturday’s loss to Washington was the first time the Flames suffered a loss by more than two goals in a regulation game this year. The Flames scored just eight goals in the game, and their only goals came from three different players while the Stamps outshot Flames 12-20.
The Flames are currently on a two-game win streak and are 2-0-1 in those games. The Stamps continue to sit atop the Canadian Hockey League standings and hold a three-point lead over Montreal for the fifth seed in the standings.
Calgary had three players score multi-goal games against the Caps, including Mikael Backlund and Johnny Gaudreau with two goals and two assists apiece. It seems as though Gaudreau was the one who gave the Stamps the lead Saturday with his hat trick which saw the 19-year-old netminder score his first goal of the season. He will likely have to keep his hot hand going against the Stampeders as his two goal performance did not allow his team’s defence to pick it up late in the game.
Last weekend’s loss was just their fourth win in a five-game homestand. The Flames have also recorded three consecutive losses to the Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, and Ottawa Senators.
As always, it’s going to be a battle between three young guns against the Stamps’ veteran corps. Gaudreau, Gaudreau, Gaudreau, and maybe