Sports Three up, three down: Flames’ Mikael Backlund on the rise

17:21  27 november  2017
17:21  27 november  2017 Source:   Sportsnet

Gaudreau extends point streak to 10 as Flames beat Capitals

  Gaudreau extends point streak to 10 as Flames beat Capitals Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist to extend his career-best point streak to 10 games and the Calgary Flames beat the Washington Capitals 4-1 on Monday night. Gaudreau scored and assisted on Sean Monahan’s goal, one of two on the power play for Calgary, which has won four of its past five. Mikael Backlund and captain Mark Giordano also scored for the Flames, who got 29 saves from Mike Smith.Gaudreau, nicknamed "Johnny Hockey," has eight goals and 11 assists during his point streak. Led by the Carneys Point, New Jersey, native, the Flames are 7-3-0 in that time.

Rose seeking consolation in Hong Kong. Mikael Backlund had an assist in the Flames ' 4- 3 overtime win against Los Angeles on Wednesday. That extended Backlund 's point streak to four games. He has two goals and three points in four contests this season.

In seven seasons since the Flames took Mikael Backlund 24th overall he has failed to live up his draft position or the hype that followed. Since January 7th he’s put up three goals, two assists, a game winning goal, a shorthanded goal, 11 faceoff wins, three hits, a plus- 3 rating and a block in three

Welcome to the fantasy hockey stock market. Each week we will look at three players trending up and three players trending down.

Three Up

Mikael Backlund – C – Flames – 6 Goals, 10 Assists, 49 Shots, 23 Games

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The Flames’ shut-down centreman is having another quietly effective season. He has 10 points in his past 10 games, climbing up to a 57-point pace. That might prove too high a total for Backlund as that would mean a career high, but he should clear 50 points for the second straight season. Shallower leagues don’t have much time for 50-point centremen, but Backlund can offer plenty of value in deeper formats, especially given his current hot streak.

Rittich makes 24 saves for first NHL win, Flames top Avs 3-2

  Rittich makes 24 saves for first NHL win, Flames top Avs 3-2 Rittich makes 24 saves for first NHL win, Flames top Avs 3-2Dougie Hamilton also scored, and Backlund added an assist for the Flames.

Mikael Backlund gives his assessment of the Predators. The Flames are picking up steam on this road trip. Nov 21, 2017 • 02:18. Bennett on building off of last night's win. Ryan Leslie breaks down the Flames ' 4-1 road win.

Mikael Backlund (born 17 March 1989) is a Swedish professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). Backlund was a first round selection, 24th overall, of the Flames in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, and made his NHL debut in 2008–09.

Ryan Johansen – C – Predators – 3 Goals, 13 Assists, 35 Shots, 23 Games

The floodgates have opened for Johansen. After scoring his first goal of the season on Nov. 16, he has three goals and eight points in a six-game span. He is finally turning it on for patient owners. The centreman is in the mix for a fifth straight 60-point season, which should be relevant in all leagues.

Jonathan Marchessault – C/LW – Golden Knights – 8 Goals, 13 Assists, 66 Shots, 19 Games

Until this past week, Marchessault had been cruising along as a good-but-not-great fantasy option. Then he went off for three straight three-point games, vaulting himself into the league’s top 50 in scoring, and above a point-per-game pace. That scoring pace is unlikely to continue, but Marchessault managed a 30-goal/50-point season skating similar minutes to the 16:57 he has averaged with Vegas. Marchessault should once again threaten to score 30 goals, which will make him relevant in virtually all settings.

Crackdown on slashing has turned Johnny Gaudreau loose

  Crackdown on slashing has turned Johnny Gaudreau loose Amazing things happen when you let Johnny Hockey play.

The Calgary Flames re-signed centre Mikael Backlund , but They will argue his ice time, situational play and linemates haven’t been conducive to putting up Make no mistake, for all parties involved the best case scenario sees Backlund come to camp and seize one of the top two spots down the middle.

Backlund 's enjoying the trip through the Central Division, as he's now posted three points in games against Nashville and St. Louis after going four straight games without a point. Flames ' Mikael Backlund : Gearing up for training camp.

Three Down

Max Pacioretty – LW – Canadiens – 7 Goals, 5 Assists, 104 Shots, 14 Games

Normally we look at players to consider dropping, but here we look at player who would be worth trying to buy. Drowning at a half-point-per-game pace with no points in the last six games, Pacioretty is letting down fantasy owners. You’ll never get him at a lower price tag. The big forward is money in the bank producing at least 30 goals, 60 points and 250 shots on an annual basis. Currently fourth in the league with 104 shots, Pacioretty is on pace for a career high 355. That shot volume should keep you sated until the offence comes around, you can bet that it will.

Tuukka Rask – G – Bruins – 3 Wins, 10 Losses, 37 Goals Allowed, 12 Games

Loser of four straight and eight of the last 10 games, Rask is off to another woeful start to the season. He has been horribly inconsistent the past two seasons, either starting strong or finishing strong, but ultimately finishing with a sub-par .915 save percentage. He sits at .899 thus far, and is losing starts to backup Anton Khudobin, who started and won four straight games before Rask’s loss on Sunday. Another loss for Rask likely thrusts Khudobin back into the crease. Eventually, Rask is going to come out ahead in this goalie battle, but not before losing some more starts to Khudobin.

Calgary Flames help Fernie, B.C., recover from ice rink tragedy

  Calgary Flames help Fernie, B.C., recover from ice rink tragedy Residents of a British Columbia city could soon be back on home ice, thanks to the NHL’s Calgary Flames. The hockey team’s charitable arm, the Calgary Flames Foundation, has donated an outdoor skating rink to Fernie while the city awaits the reopening of its arena following an ammonia leak on Oct. 17 that left three men dead. Organizer Chuck Shoesmith of the Fernie Lions Club says the donation comes with a regulation-sized set of boards. He estimates the total value of the gift is $60,000.

Undervalued: Mikael Backlund . Shawn Ferris Uncategorized October 25, 2017. Over the last two seasons, Backlund has put up 1.31 primary points per 60 minutes of 5v5 play. Backlund is helping out his defenders down low to recover the puck.

And this would end up being one of the Flames best and their most consistent line throughout the season. As form fitting as it was, Mikael Backlund opened up the scoring early on with a quick wrist-shot.

Cam Fowler – D – Ducks – 1 Goal, 3 Assists, 14 Shots, 11 Games

Fowler has two assists in four games since returning from injury. He has also skated at least 22 minutes in each of those games. He is clearly an important piece for the banged-up Ducks, and a Randy Carlyle favourite. However, it seems that Fowler may have lost his gig on the top power-play unit to upstart Brandon Montour. Outside of a hot first half to last season (with 11 power-play points in 44 games), Fowler has never been all that strong of a power-play performer. If Montour continues to cannibalize Fowler’s PP minutes, it is likely that Fowler will once again fall short of the 40-point plateau, a benchmark he hasn’t hit since his rookie season.

Why Flames rookie Mark Jankowski looks like he’s here to stay .
The Mark Jankowski Project is finally starting to pay off for the Calgary Flames.Four years in the NCAA’s Hockey East with Providence and a year in the American Hockey League has made it a long wait to see the first-rounder from 2012 make his mark in the NHL, but after a short but dominant start with the AHL’s Stockton Heat this season, it’s looking like Jankowski is in the NHL to stay.

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