Good game for Irving to start. I believe the last time the Flames won in this building Karlsson got the start so maybe that's a good omen as for whatever reason this building seems to suck the life out of the Flames.
I want to put an optimistic prediction out there. 5-0 Flames.
I guess you could call this another must-win game, but I have a good feeling about it anyway. We don't need Irving to play lights out, and while all goalies sometimes have bad nights, I strongly believe that he can handle being a starting goalie for a few games.
What I want is another game like Detroit. It's not enough to beat Columbus every night, because even bad NHL teams can play pretty good sometimes, but it's certainly good enough to beat them most nights.
Detroit game was relatively promising, but I'm still not giving them any benefit of doubt until they're actually putting enough wins together.
If the primary scoring continues to improve, then they have a good chance. It's nice to get excited about the Stempniaks and Hudlers, but it's Iginla, Tanguay, Cammalleri who will have to win most of the games for the team.
I'm hoping for a good effort and strong game against the BJs. If this was still Sutter coaching I would predict a 4-1 loss...but with Hartley at the helm we can always count on a strong team effort. 3-0 for the good guys, Irving with his first career shutout!