What Was Different For Flames In Vancouver?

Ryan Pike
October 13 2015 03:00PM

After Saturday's win, the immediate thought in my mind was "Where the heck was this on Wednesday night?" The Flames were, quite bluntly, much better than they were in their uninspired season-opener at the 'Dome.

But specifically, what did they do differently? Based on video and the numbers: a lot of things.

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Bullet Dodged: Flames Didn't Trade For Mike Richards

Ryan Pike
October 13 2015 01:30PM

The latest edition of Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts brought with it a bit of an interesting news item from the recent past.

While Mike Richards is currently jobless following the termination of his contract by the Los Angeles Kings (and the ensuing settlement negotiations), before he was arrested at the Canadian border and fell into this whole mess he was offered to a few teams.

Among them? The Flames.

1. Richards’ next court date is Dec. 8, so his future remains unclear. But he is an unrestricted free agent, and there is interest. He doesn’t turn 31 until February and it was his contract — not his play — that prevented other clubs from taking him. It’s believed the Kings were offering two or three prospects (Jordan Weal likely among them) to the Calgary Flames and/or Edmonton Oilers as incentive to acquire him before the arrest. Richards will have suitors should the time come.

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FGD #3: Home Ice Advantage - Flames host the Blues

Ryan Pike
October 13 2015 12:00PM

(Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

After besting the Vancouver Canucks on the road on Saturday night, the Calgary Flames return to the friendly confines of the Scotiabank Saddledome in search of their first home-ice victory of the 2015-15 campaign tonight. Their opponents are a team that's given them some trouble over the past few years, the St. Louis Blues.

Puck drop is just after 7pm MT. It's the first regional broadcast of the year, so catch the call from Rick Ball and Kelly Hrudey on Sportsnet Flames, or turn on your radios to Sportsnet 960 The Fan to join Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias.

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FN Mailbag - October 12, 2015

Kent Wilson
October 13 2015 09:00AM


And we're off. 

Well, sort of. The Flames stumbled badly out of the gates in game 1, but managed to turn things around and look like an NHL team in the rematch. Phew. It will be interesting now to see how Calgary matches up against someone aside form the Canucks, particularly because I think Vancouver is probably not going to be a playoff squad this year. 

It's still very early to be making any judgements, but there's a few issues that are already popping up. Today's mailbag talks about goalie trades, Sam Bennett, line combinations and developing defensemen. 

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What we learned from the Flames' 3 on 3 OT

October 12 2015 03:00PM

Overtime was awesome before, but it's even better now. You take all the heart-pounding terror of sudden death, add a whole lot more open space and suddenly, everything is taken up to a whole new level.

Every single play means something. You miss your chance, and you had better get in your own end immediately, because it's probably coming right back. You make one wrong guess, and you may be conceding the game. There's almost no margin for error.

And the best part? The Flames have just the personnel to be a good three-on-three team.

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