Flames-Jets Preview

Coach Bob Hartley thinks winning will give the Calgary Flames
confidence.

It may be doing the Winnipeg Jets some good, especially at
home.

The Flames look to end their longest losing streak in almost
four years Monday night, while sending the Jets to their first home
defeat in five games.

Calgary (6-11-3) has 15 points to rank only higher than Edmonton
(12) in the Western Conference. The Flames failed to widen that gap
with the longtime provincial rivals Saturday, giving up four
third-period goals in a 4-2 loss.

“We played I thought a very good first 40 minutes and then major
bad decisions that turned into giving them life and putting us on
our heels,” Hartley told the team’s official website. “We have a
young team and we make bad decisions.”

There have been plenty of those during the Flames’ six-game
losing streak, their longest since dropping nine in a row Jan.
11-28, 2010.

Hartley continues to question his team’s mentality, but feels
the solution is rather simple.

“To win,” he said. “To win plus some guys are mentally stronger
than others but every team goes through this but at the same time,
just to make sure that we manage the game for a full 60
minutes.”

Keeping the puck out of the net would also help.

The Flames are giving up 3.70 goals per game, and – once again –
that’s only better than the Oilers’ NHL-worst 3.73. They’ve been
even worse over the last six games, surrendering an average of
4.33.

Reto Berra has started five of those games after making 42 saves
in a 3-2 overtime win at Chicago in his NHL debut. He’s compiled a
4.04 goals-against average since, and was pulled once in favor of
Karri Ramo.

Ramo is 0-2-0 while giving up three goals in each of his last
three games, including a 7-3 home loss to Dallas on Thursday after
replacing Berra midway through the second period.

Calgary rookie Sean Monahan tied Michael Cammalleri for the team
lead with his eighth goal Saturday after he had just one in his
previous 11 games.

Cammalleri, meanwhile, has been held without a point over the
past two games, but he has two in his last three against the Jets.
He enters this visit to Winnipeg with three goals in two road
games.

The Jets (10-10-2) open a three-game homestand after their
four-game win streak was snapped with Sunday’s 2-1 loss at
Minnesota.

They’ve won four in a row at the raucous MTS Centre, averaging
4.25 goals – 1.52 higher than their overall season mark.

“They’re playing very well,” Hartley said. “They’re a pretty big
team.

“I think that the first goal is always very important but it’s
going to be a game for men. There won’t be any room for kids out
there.”

Dustin Byfuglien certainly fits Hartley’s description. The
6-foot-5 defenseman has scored all four of his goals on the season
over the last four games, including three in the past two.

This is Calgary’s first visit to Winnipeg since a loss on April
6, 1996. They’ve won three in a row with this iteration of the
Jets, winning 5-3 at home on March 9.