The Playoff Chase - February 1 2015

Ryan Pike
February 01 2015 10:15AM

Rather than the usual Sunday Open Thread, starting this week and going until it's no longer useful or relevant - either because Calgary's fallen off the face of the Earth (playoff-wise) or the season ends - we'll use this space to frame the playoff chase for the upcoming week.

Let's talk about next week's schedule!

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First Star, Worst Star: February 1, 2015

jeanshorts
February 01 2015 10:00AM

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SUPER BOWL WEEKEND!! I hope everyone bought enough tonnage of beer and chips and pizza and wings. It's the one day a year where it's acceptable to eat your weight in deep fried foods and pass out on the toilet by 8PM. But in the mean time, let's check out who was the best, and the best of the worst in the NHL this week!

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Post-Game: Comeback Kids (Yet Again)

Ryan Pike
January 31 2015 11:18PM

Stop me if you've heard this one before...

The Calgary Flames, in a key match-up against a conference rival with key points up for grabs, came out of the gate slow. They got down early, to the point where one may have been tempted to write them off. Then, for the ninth time this season, they completely took over the game and won despite being down after 40 minutes.

The latest victim of the comeback kids were the Edmonton Oilers, who despite leading 2-0 through two periods of play dropped a 4-2 decision to the Calgary Flames. Either the Oilers packed it in or the Flames woke the heck up, or both, but man, that third period wasn't even close.

Here's how it went down.

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FGD: The 219th Battle of Alberta (8pm MT, CBC)

Ryan Pike
January 31 2015 01:00PM

After a pair of good third period efforts paired with shoddy starts resulted in a win and a loss since the All-Star Break, the Calgary Flames will be hoping to get back to consistent 60-minute efforts tonight. Why?

It's the 219th edition of the Battle of Alberta!

In addition to bragging rights - the Flames captured their 110th win all-time over Edmonton on New Year's Eve via Josh Jooris' overtime heroics (and hold an overall 110-87-21 record) - the Flames are now in the midst of a playoff battle. With 33 games remaining on the docket, the Flames (26-20-3) have 55 points and enter the evening's festivities a point up on the Kings for the final wild-card spot, but also spitting distance away from Winnipeg (in the first wild-card spot) and both San Jose and Vancouver in divisional spots.

A win would do a great deal of good for Calgary's playoff chances, particularly heading into a week where they host Winnipeg, San Jose and the Pittsburgh Penguins. While there are no easy games in the National Hockey League, Edmonton (13-27-9) is the most favourable match-up they'll get for awhile. They'd be smart to use this game to get themselves into fighting shape, because this coming week will feature some absolute battles for playoff position.

The puck drops at 8pm MT on CBC (with Paul Romanuk and Mike Johnson) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias).

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Prospect Round-Up - January 31 2015

Ryan Pike
January 31 2015 10:30AM

Friday nights are usually chock full of hockey! While the Calgary Flames were off last night and preparing for tonight's game with Edmonton, many of their prospects were in action.

Here's a quick rundown of last night's prospects.

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