Mikael Backlund returned to the Flames line-up on November 11.
No one can say the Calgary Flames haven't been applying pressure offensively in their last two outings. They've put 66 shots on net in those games but before Olli Jokinen potted the lone Flames goal in the team's 4 to 1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks November 11, the team had gone 144:56 without scoring.
They just couldn't seem to get their shots off quickly enough when they found open space in front of the net and if they were able to get a hard shot, they missed the net. Chicago has been an extremely inhospitable road stop for the Flames over the past couple of years. Calgary has now lost seven straight contests at the United Center.
Mikael Backlund was back in the line-up for the Flames. Despite being sidelined with a broken finger for the first 14 games of the season, he was placed on the Flames first line with Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla. The bench boss felt that Backlund's intensive training whilst rehabbing his digit kept him in prime condition to play those top line minutes and he proved that theory was correct.
Backlund put three shots on net, attempted seven, threw two hits and won six of nine faceoffs in his 15:53 of ice time.
The Flames next face the Avalanche on November 12 in Colorado where they'll look to earn their eighth straight win over the Avs overall and their seventh in a row in Denver. Game time is 8 pm.