It’s definitely not the way we want it to be right now’: 5 things the Flames have to do to straighten out their season

When you lose three games in a row to three of the top five teams in the league, it’s important to keep perspective.

When you lose 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators — the No. 30 team in the league — and get outplayed in your first home game in over a month, it’s probably time for the perspective to shift.

It’s time to acknowledge that the Flames are slumping. It’s the kind of slump where it’s easier to find things that are going wrong than things that are going particularly right.

Through four straight regulation losses — the most consecutive games without a point all season — the Flames aren’t scoring as much or getting as many saves. The power play is stale, and the emotion is lacking. Overall, the team is getting outworked, and outplayed.

“It’s definitely not the way we want it to be right now,” forward Matthew Tkachuk said on Thursday night. “Thank God we had the start we did to keep us in it still. There’s no panic by any stretch, but we want to fix this.”

I agree with Tkachuk. It’s four losses within an 82-game season. We aren’t even at the halfway point of the season. There’s no reason to hit the panic button yet, especially when we consider Calgary still has the second-best point percentage in the division and a much larger sample size of games that shows us what this team can be when things are clicking.

Even so, things need to change if the Flames want to get back on track. It will take some heavy lifting with a game against Florida up next on Tuesday and a Battle of Alberta next Saturday night.


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