February 06 2016 11:09PM
(Anne-Marie Sorvin / USA Today Sports)
On Friday night, the Calgary Flames hosted the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets and lost a tight one by a 2-1 score. They weren't great at managing the puck and really wasted their puck possession edge. They headed to Vancouver tonight, with everyone hoping for a better effort (and maybe some points).
The Flames were engaged in every area of the ice, battled for three periods, and took advantage of some miscues by the Canucks en route to a 4-1 victory on the road.
February 06 2016 02:00PM
With the Calgary Flames playing the way they are this season - and sitting where they are this season in the standings - it's natural for everyone's thoughts to drift from the present to the future. And organizationally, the future of the Flames is exemplified on their farm team, the Stockton Heat.
During the All-Star Break, we had a chance to have a chat with Stockton's head coach Ryan Huska on a few topics of interest to Flames fans. Most notably: how are the team's recent high draft picks doing this season?
(Questions and answers edited for clarity.)
February 06 2016 12:00PM
Today is Hockey Day in Canada throughout this great land and the National Hockey League has scheduled four games involving the seven Canadian teams (and Colorado) as part of the celebration. But when you look at the standings and see zero Canadian teams in a playoff spot - and most quietly creeping away from the playoff pictures in their respective conferences - it might not seem like a great time for celebration.
Case in point? The Calgary Flames, fresh off a 2-1 loss to the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, travel to Vancouver to face the Canucks who are themselves fresh off a 2-1 loss to the Blue Jackets on Thursday. The Flames outwardly keep claiming that they're still in this thing, but they're three games below .500, 9 points out of a wild-card spot (and 10 out of a divisional spot), and part of a six-way tie for dead-last in the NHL.
They haven't waved the white flag just yet, but they're probably starting to unfurl it.
The puck drops tonight at 8pm MT on CBC (with Paul Romanuk and Mike Johnson) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias).
February 06 2016 10:00AM
One of the things we've been looking at as an analytical tool over the past couple seasons here at FlamesNation is offensive zone entries. I've finally gotten caught up on tabulating data for the first half of the season - the first 43 games, in fact - and we figured now is about as good a time as any for a check-in on how the data looks, what trends have emerged, and how things have changed since our look at the numbers 19 games into the season.
February 06 2016 08:00AM
With that loss, the Calgary Flames stayed at 47 points on the season, while the Columbus Blue Jackets jumped up to 47 points.
The 30th place team in the entire NHL has 47 points. And there are six of them. In addition to Calgary and Columbus, the other teams in a six-way tie for the best odds in the Auston Matthews lottery are Edmonton (of course), Buffalo, Winnipeg, and Toronto.
Games played does play a role in this - and the Flames, with the Leafs, are sitting at the fewest with 50 each - but there are a lot of teams festering right at the bottom of the standings, and now, Calgary is officially one of them.