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).
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.
Nation World HQ
January 31 2015 09:40AM
As you know, our friends at The Royal Half have created a weekly segment known as the Pacific War Room… It's a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the
best and brightest bloggers who cover the Pacific Division. Well, those writers have spent another week smashing their faces on their keyboards until something spilled out, and here we are. Ladies and gentlemen, we present the Pacific War Room.
January 31 2015 08:30AM
Welcome back to the FlamesNation Mailbag!
This week, we dive into a common question: So just what's the point of having Brandon Bollig and Deryk Engelland on the team?
January 30 2015 01:00PM
January 18, 2014 was a Saturday. The Calgary Flames were listing through the middle of their first rebuild season. They visited Vancouver. Bob Hartley dressed Brian McGrattan, Kevin Westgarth, Blair Jones, Ladislav Smid and Chris Butler as his starting five. The Canucks responded with five pluggers of their own.
And since then, Calgary has emerged as one of the NHL's most surprising teams. Last night's game was the 82nd for the Flames since that Rogers Arena line brawl. Here's a brief glimpse of how the team's done in the, well, season, since all that scrapping.
(For the sake of convenience, we've excluded any games played last night from this analysis.)