Shuffling Up Calgary's Tired Lines

Ryan Pike
December 01 2015 04:00PM

Given the Calgary Flames' struggles this season - as I write this, they're dead-last in the National Hockey League - many fans and pundits have been calling for Flames management to axe Bob Hartley as head coach. Granted, I'm not sure that would solve many of the team's problems, but one big axe I have to grind with Hartley is his lines.

To avoid beating around the bush, Hartley's relying far too much on the same few lines, even when they've failed to generate much offensively (or are getting stomped defensively). To see what I mean, let's look at the lines the Flames have largely been rolling with this season.

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FGD #25: Home Ice Advantage: The Flames Host Dallas

Ryan Pike
December 01 2015 02:00PM

(Candice Ward - USA Today Sports)

Thanks to Garret Sparks, the Calgary Flames aren't in sole possession of last place in the National Hockey League to kick off the month of December. That concludes the positives right now for the Flames.

After playing decently but gaining just a single point on their three-game road trip, the Flames limped home to prepare for tonight's kick-off to a massive five-game home-stand. With their season basically hanging on a precipice, the Flames (one of the NHL's worst teams) kick things off with a game against the Dallas Stars (one of the NHL's best teams). To say expectations aren't exactly high would be an understatement.

The puck drops at 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Brandon Hickey, Mason McDonald invited to Team Canada's 2016 World Juniors selection camp

Ari Yanover
December 01 2015 09:15AM

Happy December! The final month of the year means two things: it's Christmas time, as the holiday season and commercialism really ramps up; and, more importantly, it's World Juniors time.

That's right! From Dec. 26, 2015 to Jan. 5, 2016, 10 of the best hockey nations in the world will converge on Helsinki, Finland to find out whose children are the best of them all. Canada will, of course, be one of those nations.

But first, they've got to build a team. And two Flames prospects have the opportunity to be a part of it. Brandon Hickey and Mason McDonald have been invited to Team Canada's selection camp, which runs from Dec. 10-13.

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Calgary Inferno claim CWHL's top spot in goal-filled weekend

Ari Yanover
November 30 2015 04:00PM

inferno win

You know the saying "It was 4-1"? It's in reference to the Toronto Maple Leafs' inability to close out their playoff series to the Boston Bruins back in 2013, despite entering the third period with a 4-1 lead. It was 4-1, and they lost it.

For the Calgary Inferno, this past weekend's theme was "It was 4-0". And while the scores didn't stay 4-0, the Inferno came away with two victories, and now sit alone at the top of the CWHL.

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5 Prospects We Need To See In Calgary This Season

Ryan Pike
November 30 2015 02:00PM

The Calgary Flames are dead-last in the National Hockey League. At this point, it's probably time to start thinking about the future. In order to figure out the future, the Flames probably need to do what they have in previous years when the wheels fell off their season: bring some kids up and try them out.

With that in mind, here are five prospects that we need to see in a Flames jersey this season for evaluation purposes at the NHL level. (Or merely to keep the "always earned, never given" mantra alive in the organization.) The list is based on a combination of players that deserve to get a look and players that probably need to get a look.

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