Tonight Game 4 of the Flames-Red Wings series goes at 7:30MST (9:30EST for the majority of readers on here) and to say something that is obvious - Calgary needs the win. Not only do the need the win, they need to get it in convincing fashion.
Sure they beat the Red Wings 3-2 on Tuesday night but many of the glaring errors the Flames made in Games 1 & 2 are still around. Step 1 is to find a way around an impressive and grueling forecheck the Red Wings put out there. I am always impressed with the way those guys force you to make the perfect play. Not only do they do this 5-on-5, but on PKs as well, they force you. Flames need to get a handle on this.
Also, passing has to be better. The last 3 games it has been atrocious (yeah, I said it) and guys need to be making better passes. Guilty Flame #1 is Brad Stuart. I know the Calgary Sun writers gave him an A+ effort in the win on Tuesday but I left the game saying that trading for Stuart is seeming to be a bad idea. Sure the guy can hit but he has to make better plays out of his own zone.
I would love to see a 3-1 or 4-1 score tonight in favour of the Flames but realistically I can see this one being a 2-1 win.
All we need is that road win in Detroit on Saturday and the momentum is officially ours. But I don't want to get ahead of ourselves...
Enjoy the game all and GO FLAMES GO!