News and Notes - March 28 2015

Ryan Pike
March 28 2015 01:00PM

It's been an eventful week in the Calgary Flames world, with signings, games, and all sorts of craziness.

Here's a quick rundown of some of the "minor" stories that may've fallen under the radar a bit.

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Everybody Chill - The Numbers Game

Ryan Pike
March 28 2015 11:00AM

The Calgary Flames lost last night.

They have seven games remaining. They have to win a good chunk of them to have a realistic chance at the post-season.

No, they didn't look particularly good last night. No, it probably isn't an encouraging sign to kick off a road trip.

But everybody take a look at the following numbers and calm down a bit. Nothing's over. Not yet.

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THE PACIFIC WAR ROOM

Nation World HQ
March 28 2015 07:30AM

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In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific Division standings… we present the Pacific War Room!

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Post-Game: Wild Spoil Byron's Return

Ryan Pike
March 27 2015 08:55PM

The Flames began their final big road trip of the season with a dull thud, losing 4-2 on the road to the Minnesota Wild. They kept the game relatively close through the first two periods by hook or crook - and via some epic goaltending from Karri Ramo. And Paul Byron returned from injury after missing 17 games, giving the Flames some new depth on the forward ranks.

But it just wasn't enough, and the Wild pulled away in the final period.

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FGD #75: Invading the State of Hockey (6pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
March 27 2015 02:30PM

It's an exciting time to follow the Calgary Flames.

With eight games left in the 2014-15 season, they're in a fevered battle with a bunch of other teams for the final playoff berths in the Western Conference. They open tonight on the outside looking in. But a win will propel them back into the final eight spots, as well as trim their magic number versus their conference rivals.

Tonight's game? A big test against a fellow playoff bubble team, Devan Dubnyk's resurgent Minnesota Wild. The Wild are one of the hottest teams in the game right now, buoyed by Dubnyk's strong play. But everything has to end eventually, and after two recent battles with the Wild produced just a single point (a regulation loss on January 29 and an overtime loss on February 18), the Flames may think they've figured him out.

The game kicks off at 6pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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