Who Comes In As Black Aces?

Ryan Pike
April 19 2015 01:00PM

The Adirondack Flames complete their first (and only) season as the Flames' AHL affiliate tonight when they play their final regular season game against Rochester.

After tonight, the limitation on Flames recalls is lifted, now that the AHL season is done and the Baby Flames are finished. That means the Flames can bring up some kids to give them a taste of the playoffs, and if nothing else expand the skating group so that players taking optional practices aren't skating all by their lonesome with the coaches.

So who's likely coming up?

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First Star, Worst Star: April 19, 2015

jeanshorts
April 19 2015 12:00PM

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You can't win em all, and it turns out if you're Buffalo you literally can't win anything. But YOU have won and your reward is another First Star, Worst Star!

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Flames Draw Even In Game 2 Faceoffs

Ryan Pike
April 19 2015 11:00AM

Once again in Game 2, the Flames won the Corsi battle but gave up an early goal. They lost Game 2, but did show some minor improvements at the face-off circle from the previous game.

But they still need to win more draws. A lot more.

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FGD Round 1, Game 3: Home Sweet Home

Ryan Pike
April 19 2015 09:00AM

Just 48 hours after they allowed them to tie the series at one win apiece, the Calgary Flames head home to the Scotiabank Saddledome to host the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.

The Canucks have come out of the gates quickly in the first two games. Calgary was able to weather the storm in Game 1 and keep things close, but the Canucks adjusted well in Game 2. The Flames will have to do their best to not get buried underneath scoring chances in the opening frame.

The series is very much up for grabs, but after Friday's chaotic finish, it's up to the Flames to show the hockey world that they aren't a one-hit/one-game wonder, and that they do belong in the post-season with the big boys. If you look at the remainder of the games as a best-of-five, then Calgary has home ice.

That's probably the best they could reasonably hope for.

Puck drop is after 8pm MT on CBC and Sportsnet 960 The Fan for Calgary's first home playoff game since April 27, 2009!

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Flames' Deryk Engelland has instigator penalty rescinded; Hartley fined $50,000 for inciting late line brawl

Thomas Drance
April 18 2015 03:49PM

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The NHL got this one right.

On Saturday the league announced that the instigator penalty assessed to Calgary Flames defenseman Deryk Engelland during a late line brawl in Game 2 of Calgary's opening round series against the Vancouver Canucks has been rescinded. As a result Engelland will avoid an automatic suspension and be available to play in Game 3 on Sunday night.

Though the league decided that Engelland's behaviour didn't warrant a suspension, and I think most people who watched the game were rather confused when they got a look at how the penalties broke down, the NHL has fined Flames coach Bob Hartley $50,000 dollars for his role in inciting the brawl.

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