October 13 2015 09:09PM
As of this writing, the Calgary Flames are in tough against the St. Louis Blues at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
But things may get worse for the local ice hockey club, as winger Lance Bouma left the game late in the second period with a lower-body injury and will not return tonight (per the team).
Bouma had two collisions with Ryan Reaves. Favored his leg as he went off. Not ideal for #Flames.— Aaron Vickers (@AAVickers) October 14, 2015
Media accounts of the injury vary a bit, but they all share the same basic theme: uh-oh.
October 13 2015 03:00PM
After Saturday's win, the immediate thought in my mind was "Where the heck was this on Wednesday night?" The Flames were, quite bluntly, much better than they were in their uninspired season-opener at the 'Dome.
But specifically, what did they do differently? Based on video and the numbers: a lot of things.
October 13 2015 01:30PM
The latest edition of Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts brought with it a bit of an interesting news item from the recent past.
While Mike Richards is currently jobless following the termination of his contract by the Los Angeles Kings (and the ensuing settlement negotiations), before he was arrested at the Canadian border and fell into this whole mess he was offered to a few teams.
Among them? The Flames.
1. Richards’ next court date is Dec. 8, so his future remains unclear. But he is an unrestricted free agent, and there is interest. He doesn’t turn 31 until February and it was his contract — not his play — that prevented other clubs from taking him. It’s believed the Kings were offering two or three prospects (Jordan Weal likely among them) to the Calgary Flames and/or Edmonton Oilers as incentive to acquire him before the arrest. Richards will have suitors should the time come.
October 13 2015 12:00PM
(Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)
After besting the Vancouver Canucks on the road on Saturday night, the Calgary Flames return to the friendly confines of the Scotiabank Saddledome in search of their first home-ice victory of the 2015-15 campaign tonight. Their opponents are a team that's given them some trouble over the past few years, the St. Louis Blues.
Puck drop is just after 7pm MT. It's the first regional broadcast of the year, so catch the call from Rick Ball and Kelly Hrudey on Sportsnet Flames, or turn on your radios to Sportsnet 960 The Fan to join Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias.
October 13 2015 09:00AM
And we're off.
Well, sort of. The Flames stumbled badly out of the gates in game 1, but managed to turn things around and look like an NHL team in the rematch. Phew. It will be interesting now to see how Calgary matches up against someone aside form the Canucks, particularly because I think Vancouver is probably not going to be a playoff squad this year.
It's still very early to be making any judgements, but there's a few issues that are already popping up. Today's mailbag talks about goalie trades, Sam Bennett, line combinations and developing defensemen.