Flames Weekly Prospect Update: Heat Chill

christian tiberi
January 17 2017 08:00AM

From Dec. 17 to Jan. 17, the Stockton Heat only won three of 11 games and have nearly fallen out of the playoff race at the official halfway point of their season. Dragged down by all around declining performances, they are cautiously holding onto the seventh seed in their conference. It's not a pretty picture.

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What Paul Jerrard has accomplished with the Flames' PK

Mike FAIL
January 16 2017 02:00PM

The Calgary Flames started this season with a god awful excuse for a penalty kill. There is no other way to phrase it. Initially after a single game we saw some brief glimpses of systemic changes that new assistant coach Paul Jerrard was hoping to implement throughout the season. After that, like the Flames' ability to not take penalties, it fell off the rails and eventually hit league bottom.

Then something magical happened - primarily over the winning streak - and everything slowly progressed back to league average in flat PK%. Their penalty kill has become quite effective at suppressing the opposition. Still, there is a long way to go.

All data cited via Corsica.Hockey or NHL.com.

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How will the Flames replace their free agent defenders?

Ryan Pike
January 16 2017 12:00PM

For many people that follow the Calgary Flames, July 1, 2017 has long been circled on the calendar. In addition to being Jarome Iginla's 40th birthday, it's also the date that several hefty contracts signed by the Flames expire. That means that as of the end of this playing season, players like Dennis Wideman and Deryk Engelland have their deals expire and hit the unrestricted free agent market.

That's the good news. The bad news is the Flames have to replace them, and try to do so without breaking the bank. We've taken a look at a few ways they might be able to do just that.

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It's time to play Brett Kulak - maybe even in the top four

Ari Yanover
January 16 2017 10:00AM

It has been one week since the Calgary Flames recalled Brett Kulak.

A part of that move probably had to do with demoting Tyler Wotherspoon, who was a day away from requiring waivers to be sent back down. And for all we know, that was the only reason - because it's been three games Kulak could have played in (not counting the Jets game on the day of his recall), and yet, three straight healthy scratches for him.

Before he was sent down back in December, he had been a healthy scratch five straight games. And so it continues.

But really, the Flames should probably be playing him.

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FN Mailbag - January 16, 2017

Kent Wilson
January 16 2017 08:00AM

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The Flames had a glorious December, but it has been a January of inconsistency and frustration so far. Glen Gulutzan's crew has careened from dreadful to excellent on a game-to-game basis since the calendar flipped, a tendency that has them plodding along at .500 in 2017 (if you count the recently SO loss to Edmonton as a tie, that is). 

Another big part of the problem is the club's even strength offense has completely dried up. Since Jan. 1, the Flames have scored just nine times in seven games at 5on5 and are shooting at just 5%. They are also drawing fewer than three penalties per game this month, so it makes it very difficult for the powerplay to make up the difference.

The good news is this probably can't last much longer. Once the dry spell breaks, pucks will start going in for guys like Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett again. When that happens the Flames just have to figure out how to get up for the opening whistle every night.

In the mailbag today we deep look at the Flames' centre depth and the future of the Flames' goaltending.

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