March 12 2014 02:39PM
Simply put, the Ducks have dominated the Pacific division this season. Sbisa and Co. are a frightening 15-1-2 against the Pacific this season and as a result are sitting pretty to make the playoffs.
The Ducks have one of the best centre-winger duos in the league with Getzlaf and Perry which has helped the Ducks be a top-three team in scoring with 208 goals (Calgary has 152, good enough for second last). The Ducks strong defensive corps have led to a +48 goal differential and have allowed the sixth fewest goals against this season, all that with their number one goalie missing significant time to injury only revealing the startling depth the Ducks have at that position.
Look, I could go on but why? The Ducks are a really good team and the Flames are really...admirable.
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March 12 2014 08:52AM
The Cammalleri non-trade has been a hot topic of discussion following the trade deadline (to the chagrin of some). The disappointment in the lack of return is understandable; Cammalleri was the last of the organization's aging, expendable trade pieces and therefore the final asset one could reasonably expect to flip for a decent return without cutting into the backbone or new flesh of the club. with him not moving, Calgary will likely see another of its primary bargaining chips walk into the sunset without return, a la Miikka Kiprusoff.
March 11 2014 03:30PM
There are no games today for your Calgary Flames. But the team did have an optional practice, which has heavily skewed towards the younger players in terms of attendance. With a bit of a slower day around here, why not a quick run-through of what's going on.
March 11 2014 01:31PM
You can hardly go into a comments section nowadays without seeing some mention of TJ Galiardi - and most of them are, uh, not what one would call "positive".
March 10 2014 10:34PM
Tonight's game may be encapsulated by Joe Colborne beating out a defender but over-skating the puck - the effort's there, not the execution.— Ryan Pike (@RyanNPike) March 11, 2014
The march towards slow, grim death steadies on with a consistent cadence, and on this night, the Los Angeles Kings rolled into town to aid in this ominous reality for your Calgary Flames.
To call this game a pretty one would be to call the works of Thomas Pynchon a study in eternal whimsy. Choppy play. Sustained action lasting sometimes almost as long as 8 seconds. A Ben Stein pace. That's what this game between storied Pacific Division rivals amounted to in this one, and if you missed it, life is good.
Sure, watching the kids can be fun. A vision of the future not falling flat on their face is an encouraging sign. But when you're missing Stajan, Hudler, Glencross, Wideman, Jones (okay, not Jones), and have Lance Bouma on the first line (look we all love Boumer, but let's be honest here), these are the kinds of games we're going to see. Tonight, it was watching the Kings and former Calgary Hitmen standout Marty Jones choke even just a little bit more life out of the Flames season, and well, let's just land on "it'll all be over soon".