Monday, December 28, 2015

Johnny Gaudreau Powers Flames to Franchise-Best Home Winning Streak

Johnny Gaudreau is red-hot and so are the Calgary Flames. Calgary notched its 11th straight home victory on Sunday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome, breaking the all-time franchise record which was set nine years ago.

Leading the way once again was the pocket rocket from Salem, New Jersey, who poured in his 16th and 17th goals of the season to pull Calgary within one point of second place in the Pacific Division.

Only two NHL players (Jamie Benn and Patrick Kane) have more points at home than Gaudreau's 29, and only Benn's 17 home goals are more than the 15 that Gaudreau has potted at the Saddledome this year.

In Calgary's last ten home games, Gaudreau has gone 15-6-21. Yes, that's 15 goals in his last ten home games. Not sustainable but hell yeah--impressive.

“He’s a treat to watch, for fans of any team,’’ said Calgary's Mark Giordano, according to the Calgary Herald. “He makes plays that make you say ‘Wow!’ and shake your head when you’re out there with him. He’s been obviously our best offensive player. He’s such a weapon out there. You can see the other team … there’s really no way to defend him.”

Gaudreau is currently seventh in the NHL in scoring at 17-22-39 in 35 games. Last season he was 24-40-64 in 80 total games.