The Calgary Flames were the latest victims of the so-called bye week “hangover.”
There are 18 potential victims remaining.
Last night at Scotiabank Saddledome, the Flames got pummeled, 5-0, by the Arizona Coyotes. With the loss, teams coming out of their bye weeks fell to a dismal 3-8-1.
Though the Flames outshot the Coyotes 19-9 in the first period, Arizona’s Martin Hanzal was the only one to score.
“We weren’t sharp,” Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan told reporters afterwards. “It was more execution. Some pucks missed the net, were shot over the net.”
Another word for that is rusty.
And as the Coyotes built their lead, the Flames seemed to get even worse.
“That’s as bad as it gets in the second and third,” said captain Mark Giordano, per Postmedia. “Guys were trying to do too much and giving them odd-man rushes and chances.”
On Saturday, it was the Flames’ neighbors to the north who fell flat after their mandatory time off. The Edmonton Oilers lost, 5-1, to a streaking Chicago Blackhawks team that had played the night before in Winnipeg.
“We didn’t have a lot of emotion,” said Edmonton coach Todd McLellan. “There wasn’t a single Blackhawk who was mad at an Oiler all night until the last two minutes. I was disappointed in the loss, the power play, the penalty kill but mostly in the emotional level of our team.”
The Blackhawks then entered their bye week. They don’t play again until Saturday against those very same Oilers, this time in Chicago.
Other teams currently on their bye weeks: the Kings, Predators, Bruins, Lightning, Canadiens, Hurricanes, and Capitals.