Before the 2017-18 campaign, Micheal Ferland had 21 goals in 173 career games. He has seven goals in his last 10 contests and has found the back of the net in four consecutive games.
Secondary scoring is so important to the success of teams and Ferland has helped fill that role with the Flames this season as he’s now up to 19 goals in 42 contests. His offensive rise this season has a lot to do with him getting a bigger role. After all, he was averaging a modest 11:34 minutes per contest in 2016-17, but is getting over 15:30 minutes this season and has rewarded the Flames for providing him with this opportunity.
As a fun aside (at least if you’re a Flames fan), Ferland now has as many goals in 2018 as the entire Edmonton Oilers’ squad, as Darren Haynes pointed out.
Meanwhile, the Calgary Flames have now won five consecutive contests to improve to 23-16-4. That’s good for the third seed in the Pacific Division so far, but their position is tenuous. San Jose is just two points behind despite having played in three fewer games, so the Flames still have plenty of work ahead of them if they are to secure a playoff spot.
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Artemi Panarin scored the Blue Jackets’ only goal. It was his 12th marker and 37th point in 45 games this season.
Jack Eichel found the back of the net and registered an assist. That gives him 18 goals and 41 points in 44 contests.
Kyle Okposo also had a goal and an assist for Buffalo. He’s up to seven goals and 24 points in 42 games.
Linus Ullmark turned aside 44 of 45 shots last night. He was making his first start of the season after excelling in the AHL with a 2.27 GAA and .928 save percentage in 26 contests.
Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 26 of 28 Sabres shots. He’s now allowed two or fewer goals in each of his last five starts, but Columbus has only won three of those games.
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Victor Rask scored the game-winning goal on Thursday. He has 11 goals and 14 points in 41 contests.
Sebastian Aho also scored a goal for the Hurricanes. He’s up to 15 goals and 35 points in 43 games in 2017-18.
Scott Darling saved 27 of 28 Capitals shots. This is a nice bounce back performance for Darling after he surrendered 16 goals over his previous three games.
At the other end of the ice, Braden Holtby stopped 30 of 32 shots. That brought his four-game winning streak to a close.
Lars Eller scored Washington’s only goal. He’s found the back of the net in three consecutive games.
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Brayden Point scored the Lightning’s lone goal. It was his 17th marker and 40th point in 44 games this season.
Mike Smith was otherwise perfect, stopping 33 of 34 shots last night. He’s won his last five starts and has allowed just 11 goals over that span.
Johnny Gaudreau scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He extended his point streak to five games, which has included four multi-point showings.
As mentioned above, Micheal Ferland scored a goal and registered an assist for the Flames. That gives him 19 goals and 28 points in 42 contests.
Andrei Vasilevskiy surrendered five goals on 24 shots. He’s having a superb season, but he’s hit a rough patch as he’s allowed 15 markers over his last three starts.