November 24 2015 11:30PM
Moments following the Flames' 5-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, the team made a quick move - to one of their healthy scratches.
Ladislav Smid, who has only appeared in four games this season - most recently on Nov. 12, when he only played 8:42 - has been sent to the Stockton Heat on a conditioning stint. The Heat play in Ontario on Nov. 25, and according to Google Maps, Ontario is a mere 35 minute or so drive away from Anaheim, so the location is convenient.
What about the timing, though?
November 24 2015 11:03PM
The past few games have seemingly given everyone a bit of optimism regarding the Calgary Flames. They were good against New Jersey. They were really good against Chicago. They hit the road tonight in Anaheim looking at a three-game trip that could put them smack-dab back in the playoff hunt, despite their back start.
Well, just when you think they're back to their old (2014-15 season) ways, they slip back into their old (October 2015) habits and rather than an up-tempo, aggressive game, the Flames were disjointed and on their heels all night in a 5-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Given how much of the time they spent in their own end, it's like they never really showed up at all. (But hey, there's their steaming cup of coffee...)
These Flames once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, and now sit with a disappointing 8-13-1 record through 22 regular season contests.
November 24 2015 04:00PM
The Calgary Flames are taking more penalties than they were a year ago. It's one of several factors that explains why the 2015-16 edition of the team isn't doing as well as the 2014-15 version, at least so far.
After all, when you take more penalties, it's more likely you're going to end up scored on. And when you have the level of goaltending the Flames did to start this season - which is to say, extraordinarily and unsustainably terrible - chances are pretty good a whole lot more pucks are going to go into the net.
That's what's happened. Although the Flames' penalty kill hasn't been particularly great as of late, it dropped to 74.6% this season from 80.6% the year before.
Other than save percentages, what's changed between this year and last? We're going to take a quick look at the skaters used on the kill to help find out.
November 24 2015 02:32PM
The nice people at Forbes have put together their annual National Hockey League franchise valuations, using a series of mechanisms, levers and pulleys to approximate the value of the league's clubs. The Calgary Flames were given an approximate valuation of $435 million by Forbes, down slightly from 2014 and good for 15th - right in the middle - for the league as a whole.
November 24 2015 12:00PM
After winning both games on their short two-game homestand, the Calgary Flames have quietly put together a respectable month of November. After going 3-8-1 in October, the Flames have gone 5-4-0 in November. It's hardly world-beating, but they're clawing back towards respectability.
This upcoming road trip is potentially big for the Flames; they have three games this week against Pacific Division opponents, beginning with the Anaheim Ducks. Much has been made about how awful the Pacific teams have been this year, to the point where the Flames hit the road just five points back of Vancouver for the final Pacific playoff spot. Hopefully the Flames have worked the kinks out of their game, because they could get themselves back into the playoff picture with good performances against Anaheim, Arizona and San Jose this week.
Who'd have thought that a few weeks ago?
The puck drops tonight at 8pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!