Flames hope the poor end of the preseason doesn’t carry over to their start

Tyler Toffoli had his best game of his preseason against Winnipeg on Friday night, and he was in no mood to discuss how well he played.

Players often deflect praise and attention when they lose – Toffoli would have been the story of the night given how coach Darryl Sutter talked about the top line earlier in the week – but he really wasn’t interested in his individual play up success. Not while his team has been upset in back-to-back games against the same opponent and hasn’t reached a level that inspires full confidence before the start of the regular season.

According to Toffoli, “everything” is correctable.

“It’s a work in progress for everyone,” Toffoli said. “We’re all trying to figure out where we are as a team. Time is running out and the season starts here in four or five days.”

The defense, which needs to be rock solid and stacked top to bottom with viable options, needs to be cleaner in how it handles the puck on its own end and with its covers. During a first period of play, the Flames twice missed an open Jets forward who camped in front of goal with a clean chance to score past Jacob Markstrom. Work still needs to be done on the power play and penalty shoot-out. The Flames focused on special teams in Thursday’s practice, but they need more replays in games to hone their skills.

https://theathletic.com/3669681/2022/10/08/flames-preseason-tyler-toffoli-chris-tanev-defence/?source=rss Flames hope the poor end of the preseason doesn’t carry over to their start

John Verrall

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