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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What is Joe Colborne's role on the Flames?

arii
March 27 2015 01:00PM

Joe Colborne didn't make his NHL debut with the Calgary Flames, but he may as well have. His 16 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs - where he was traded in exchange for the services of one Tomas Kaberle - were unremarkable, resulting in one goal, six points, and an average of 12:34 in ice time. It got to the point he had to be traded again, if only so the Leafs could continue to dress two goons in the lineup every night (a practice the Flames also followed in Colborne's first season with them, and not a good look for either team).

Colborne has two problems, though. First: he found his way onto his third NHL organization before he started regularly playing, never really getting a chance with the Leafs or Boston Bruins, who drafted him in the middle of the first round. He didn't play regularly until his hometown team and former general manager picked him up.

Second: he ended up being ninth in Flames scoring in his rookie season - although the next four guys had higher point per game averages than he did - which is respectable enough, except for the fact that his most common linemates that year were Sean Monahan (fellow rookie, fifth in scoring) and Mike Cammalleri (third).

Cammalleri's gone now, replaced by the inferior Mason Raymond, and Colborne doesn't really get to play with Monahan anymore. So what's his role on the team now?

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Tons To Watch Tonight

Ryan Pike
March 27 2015 11:00AM

There is a lot of good, important, Flames-related hockey you can watch tonight.

To help you inform your choices, here's a quick and dirty guide for you!

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FN mailbag - March 26, 2015

Kent Wilson
March 27 2015 09:00AM

Mailbag

As they charge towards their Cinderella play-off berth, the Flames can see the imposing figure of the Los Angeles Kings looming ever closer in the rearview mirror. It's a bit like Ichabod Crane trying desperately to stay beyond the reach of the Headless Horseman. We'll see if the Flames can reach the bridge in time or not. 

With this in mind, we discuss Joe Colborne, Deryk Engelland and what the Flames ideal line-up might look like in this week's mailbag. 

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