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2015 NHL scores: Calgary Flames need change after dropping their 7th of the season

Could last year's Jack Adams award winning head coach be on the hot seat?

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The Calgary Flames are, to put it simply, not a good team right now. Last season, the scrappy team from Calgary surprised the world with a playoff appearance thanks to their ability to find a way to come back and eventually win games. This season, however, holds a different story for the Flames.

Call it regressing back to the mean if you will, but Calgary has won only two of nine contests to start the year -- squeaking by the Vancouver Canucks and the Detroit Red Wings each by a score of 3-2. The Flames have iced essentially the same roster as last year, even adding what many believe is a key piece in defenseman Dougie Hamilton, but Calgary has not been able to find any sense of rhythm in the first few weeks of the season.

Three third period goals by the New York Islanders Monday evening doomed any chance of a Calgary comeback in the team's eventual 4-0 loss to the Metropolitan Division's third-best team. A soft second goal by backup netminder Joni Ortio blew the game open for the Islanders, who dominated the scoresheet on almost every aspect against a lifeless Calgary team.

While many predicted a regression, few if any believed it would be this severe. With a 2-7-0 start to the season, is change coming for recent Jack Adams winning head coach Bob Hartley and his team? Calgary certainly needs -- excuse the cliched pun -- something to light a fire under them, as the team has looked lost through their first nine games.

A head coaching change might be the extreme end of the spectrum, but some spark is needed for the floundering Flames. A shakeup of the lines, a call up from the minors or potentially moving some contracts around to get a better fit. The upcoming schedule for Calgary is a mixed bag, with the Senators, Canadiens and Oilers on-deck in their next three games. With almost a month of the season gone by, however, change might need to happen for the Flames sooner rather than later if they want to have a chance to salvage their season.


Islanders 4, Flames 0

Coyotes 4, Maple Leafs 3

Blackhawks 1, Ducks 0 (OT)

3 things we learned

1. Max Domi's domination continues

Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Max Domi. One of those three names leads all rookies in points through the first month of the season, and it's not who you'd think. Domi has quickly made a name for himself in Arizona with his strong play and scoring touch, giving him 10 points on the year through nine games. Monday, he scored Arizona's opening goal and finished the evening with two shots with a plus-one rating. The Coyotes' youth movement has only begun with Domi, as his four goals are just a part of the team's rookie contributions this year.

2. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf still don't have goals

The Anaheim Ducks have a scoring epidemic. They have three goals in eight games, an astonishing statistic for a team that churns out Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf night after night. No one's really sure what's wrong with the Ducks' scoring, but if Perry and Getzlaf aren't able to get something going soon, the Ducks might be in more trouble than they already are.

3. Carlton the Bear is absolutely done with the Maple Leafs

Toronto fans feel the same, Carlton.

Impact Moment

Not the biggest hit, but Deryk Engelland and Casey Cizikas's tangle up encompasses everything you need to know about hockey.

Stat of the Night

That's a lot of games played in a row.

Stat of the Night II

Not looking good for the Ducks.

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