First Star, Worst Star: March 29, 2015

March 29 2015 09:30PM


Spring has sprung, the playoffs are almost here, it's Wrestlemania Sunday, and if that wasn't enough it's time for First Star, Worst Star! 

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Post-Game: Music City Miracle

Ryan Pike
March 29 2015 06:47PM

The Calgary Flames came into this afternoon's contest in Nashville desperate for a win.

Sixty minutes of hockey later - the majority played with a high level of desperation and precision - the Flames maintained their playoff hopes and got a step closer to a post-season berth by way of a 5-2 win over the powerhouse Nashville Predators.

Here's how it happened.

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FGD #76: HockeyMania (3pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
March 29 2015 12:30PM

For those of you who know me in "real life" or follow my Twitter, you may recall I'm a wrestling fan. (Sue me, I grew up in Calgary at the tail end of Stampede Wrestling's glory days, and it stuck.) In each of the last two years, I went to WrestleMania. It was fun, especially New Orleans last year. In each of the past two years, the Flames were way, way out of the playoffs and on road trips, so I didn't miss anything of note. Two years ago the Flames were even nice enough to trade Jarome Iginla before my trip, so when I got off the plane in Newark on trade deadline day, I turned on my phone, went "Oh, Blake Comeau's gone?" and went about my day.

For various reasons, I didn't take the trip to San Jose for WrestleMania this year.

By sheer coincidence, two hours before WrestleMania 31 kicks off, the Calgary Flames face a crucial test in the form of the Nashville Predators. It's not Brock Lesnar versus Roman Reigns, but there's a lot on the line for your local hockey heroes as they try to make the post-season.

Puck drop is at 3pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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The discovery, subsequent rise, and future of Josh Jooris

March 29 2015 11:00AM

Why didn't Josh Jooris get drafted, anyway? He's got the bloodline, but he never even ended up in the OHL. His two years in the OJHL, instead, seem somewhat reflective of how his professional career has progressed: from respectable numbers one year, to what-the-heck happened the next. 

Putting up 116 points in 50 games in a lesser junior league at 19 years old is good, but not exactly an indication of an NHL player. After all, he and his teammate Greg Carey dominated the league that year, and Carey's in the ECHL right now. 

Jooris played three years at Union College, and attended a different NHL team's prospect camp each season: first with the Boston Bruins, then the Vancouver Canucks; and finally, he decided to leave school once the Calgary Flames offered him a contract. 

That's when an okay AHL season gave way to a promising training camp gave way to... something else entirely.

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March 29 2015 10:19AM

Mathew Barzal is an exceptional young hockey player. Size concerns and a significant injury have him lagging behind the top of the draft in terms of buzz, but don't be fooled about him. Young Barzal is among the very best players available in this year's draft.

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