Calgary Flames head coach Ryan Huska is trying everything to revive his star forward Jonathan Huberdeau, but nothing seems to be working right now.
However, he thought he had found a solution by pairing the Quebecer with captain Mikael Backlund and Blake Coleman during the Fire’s visit to the Bell Center on Tuesday.
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This trio of veterans, however, was the club’s worst against the Montreal Canadiens, shooting five times while allowing 10 shots.
Returning to Alberta after three games in Ontario and Quebec, Huska doesn’t seem inclined to put the experience on hold, quite the contrary, as the trio won’t be recomposed for Thursday night’s clash against the mighty Vancouver Canucks.
“Anyone who plays with Mikael (Backlund) breathes easier because you know he’s going to be there to cover the mistakes,” Huska said at a press conference on Thursday. Blake (Coleman) and Mikael (Backlund) are connected, so hopefully they’ll put ‘Hubby’ next to them and spark some sparks.
It’s the same story for Huberdeau, who only had good words for his teammates Backlund and Coleman.
“They’re really responsible players on defense,” Huberdeau told reporters. We’re playing against the best opposing lines so you have to make sure you’re good on defense. “Backs” is a very smart guy. Most of the time he is in the right position, which helps us in attack. Coleman is a fast guy with a good shot. We can quickly get the puck back in the defensive zone and create things on offense.”
So let’s see if Tuesday’s game was just a mistake. Huberdeau has collected just three assists in his last 11 appearances.