Three stats to know before Flames battle Devils

Micheal Ferland had a goal and an assist and Matthew Tkachuk scored the shootout winner to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

The Calgary Flames visit the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. Here are three stats you need to know.

1. Flames recent winning ways against the Devils

The Flames have been dominant against New Jersey recently. They’re 9-2-1 in their last 12 games versus the Devils and have outscored them 37-29. Calgary is 3-1-0 against New Jersey in their last four road games, outscoring the Devils 10-8.

Calgary won the only meeting between the two teams this year, beating the Devils 5-4 in a shootout. Calgary is 5-0-1 in their last six games as the visiting team. In those six games they’ve produced 22 goals.

2. New Jersey’s struggling penalty kill vs. Calgary’s poor power play

The Flames can’t seem to score when they have the man advantage and the Devils can’t stop teams when they’re a man down. New Jersey has killed off just six of 11 when shorthanded in their last four games (54.5 per cent). The Devils have the 13th best penalty kill in the league at 81 per cent.

The Flames are 1-for-19 on the power play in their last six games (5.3 per cent) and their power play is ranked 24th in the league (16.9 per cent). The Devils haven’t been much better on the PP, going 3-for-22 on the power play in their last seven games (13.6 per cent).

3. Taylor Hall vs. Sean Monahan

Taylor Hall was born in Calgary and has been able to produce points against the Flames. He’s tallied 26 points in 28 career games against the Flames (nine goals, 17 assists). In the last 10 against his Calgary, Hall’s recorded 16 points during his current 11-game point streak (seven goals, nine assists).

Sean Monahan has been able to find the back of the net when he faces off against the Devils. Monahan has collected nine points in nine career games vs the Devils (six goals, three assists). He’s averaging a career-high 0.90 points per game this season.

Bonus Stat

Johnny Gaudreau (born in New Jersey) has scored a goal against every NHL team in his career, except the Golden Knights (one game played) and the Devils (seven games played).

All stats via Sportsnet Stats.

 

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