At age 35, Captain Mark Giordano won his first Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenceman. Giordano scored 74 points (17 goals, 57 assists) in 78 games and is showing no signs of slowing down. The Flames are paying +1800 at Sports Interaction to win the Stanley Cup.
The Calgary Flames had a daydream regular season but one incredible nightmare of a post season. Let’s recap.
Last year the Flames marched through the regular season with a 50-25-7 mark (107 points), for the second best record in the NHL, and the best regular season mark for the franchise since the 1988-89 season. However, the season quickly ended with five-game elimination series courtesy of the Colorado Avalanche.
Despite the early exit, the team can take a lot out of last season. At age 35, Captain Mark Giordano won his first Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenceman. Giordano scored 74 points (17 goals, 57 assists) in 78 games and is showing no signs of slowing down. Even more impressive, his 74 points nearly doubled the 38 points he scored the previous season. He’ll lead a top defensive core with the likes of TJ Brodie, Noah Hanifin, and Travis Hamonic
Up front, Johnny Gaudreau finished tied for seventh in league scoring with 99 points (36 goals, 63 assists) in 82 games and leads the team’s top line alongside Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm. The trio all finished in the top 30 in league scoring.
On the back end, David Rittich had a breakthrough season in 2018-19 appearing in 45 games and posting a 27-9 record in the Flames net. He’ll have a new backup goaltender with the team’s signing of Cam Talbot who had at least 31 wins in consecutive seasons (2016-17, 2017-18) for the Oilers prior to last season.
Calgary Flames Acquisitions and Moves
General Manager Brad Treliving did something that does not happen often – a trade with provincial rival Calgary. The Flames shipped the under-achieving James Neal for the equally under-achieving Milan Lucic. The Flames hope Lucic can provide toughness to a team that was pushed around at times.
Outside of that deal, Treliving wasn’t overly busy this off season. The Flames added Cam Talbot, Brandon Davidson and are hopeful Andrew MacDonald and Devante Smith-Pelly, who signed professional tryout contracts, can crack the line-up.
Calgary Flames 2019 NHL Schedule
The Flames will open up their season on the road against the team that eliminated them from the playoffs last season, the Colorado Avalanche on October 3. Two nights later, they host the Canucks in the team’s home opener.
On October 26 in Regina, the Flames and Winnipeg Jets will take part in the Heritage Classic at Mosaic Stadium.
Flames fans will have to wait until Friday, December 27 for the first game against provincial rival Edmonton. They will face the Oilers four additional times in the 2020 portion of their schedule.
The Flames will be home for the holidays, hosting four games between December 12 to December 19. They also host the Black hawks on New Year’s Eve.
The Flames longest road trip this year, is five games, which they do twice this season, first at the end of October, and the second, end of February.
The team’s bye week takes place between January 20-25 just before the NHL’s All-Star game.
Calgary Flames 2019 NHL Odds
Currently at Sports Interaction, the Flames points total is slated at 98.5 with the still lean to the under at -125. Can they win the Pacific division? Absolutely. However, it will be an uphill climb for the Flames chasing the Golden Knights, who are favourites and the Sharks. The Flames are paying +425 to win the division.
The Flames are also longshots to come out of the Western conference at +900, and to win the Stanley Cup at +1800.
Calgary Flames 2019 Season Prediction
The Flames have all the pieces to be a contending team in the Western conference. Making the playoffs shouldn’t be an issue in one of the easiest divisions in the NHL, but how far will they go this season?
The addition of Milan Lucic will help mentor a player like Matthew Tkachuk, but more help may be needed.
Our prediction: The Flames will make a deeper run than last season but finish second in the Pacific division. Look for them to advance past the first round.