Fans not shy to let other teams know Flames' Lucic is outscoring stars

Dec 3 2021, 7:41 pm

Milan Lucic has been a scoring machine this season, relatively speaking. 

And Calgary Flames fans are loving it. 

Lucic scored again in a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday, giving him seven goals on the season and placing him in sole possession of fifth on the team in twine-ticklers.

He’s got a healthy 21.9% shooting percentage, and six of his seven goals have come at even-strength — slotting him among the NHL’s top-50 in 5-on-5 goals. 

Lucic is ahead of some impressive names, and Flames followers are letting the rest of the league know it.

Like the Edmonton Oilers for example, Lucic’s former squad. 

Lucic is knotted with Jesse Puljujarvi with seven tallies, with both sniping six skating at evens. It’s a pair higher than the feisty Kailer Yamamoto and three more than Zack Kassian.

Lucic would share the hypothetical team-lead on the Montreal Canadiens with Josh Anderson. He would slot ahead of offensive talents Tyler Toffoli, Mike Hoffman and Nick Suzuki. 

It’s not just Canadian teams taking it from Lucic supporters, either.

In individual tweets, fans took aim at Taylor Hall of the Boston Bruins, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and even Elias Pettersson of the Vancouver Canucks. 

Heading into action Friday, Lucic finds himself tied with the likes of Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues, Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche, Brayden Point of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin is behind Lucic at six goals, as is Nikolaj Ehlers of the Winnipeg Jets.

Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders and Brady Tkachuk of the Ottawa Senators each has five.

In all, Lucic is on pace for 25 goals this season. 

Had he not been so generous, Lucic could be trending towards 29 goals.

He’s topped that 25-goal mark twice in his NHL career, in back-to-back efforts in 2010-11 and 2011-12 as a member of the Boston Bruins. He did hit 24 goals with Boston in 2013-14, and 23 goals with the Oilers in 2016-17. 

And while Lucic isn’t likely to push either pace over a full 82-game campaign, it’s not going to stop fans for pulling for the “Power Five.” 

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