May 03 2015 09:00AM
After arguably the biggest spanking they've received from a team since last season, the Calgary Flames are back in action at the Honda Center tonight against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of their Western Conference Semi-Final series!
The Ducks fed the upstart Flames a hefty piece of humble pie on Thursday, defeatingly them handily by a 6-1 score in a game that was never close. Now, 72 hours later, the Flames are hoping that a couple days of rest and some work on various aspects of their game can help them escape Orange County with a series split.
If not, they'll face a tall order coming back from a 2-0 series deficit against a confident Anaheim team.
The puck drops after 8pm MT on Sportsnet West (with Paul Romanuk and Mike Johnson) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias).
May 02 2015 03:00PM
Despite how pleasantly surprising these 2014-15 Calgary Flames have been, there’s a lot that isn’t quite ideal right now. Being down 0-1 to the Anaheim Ducks in the second round of the playoffs isn’t ideal. Being blown out 6-1 by them also isn’t ideal.
But probably most of all, Mark Giordano not being able to play is not ideal.
May 02 2015 01:00PM
Calgary's captain was not named a finalist for the Norris Trophy, but he'll be headed to Las Vegas in late June anyway.
Mark Giordano was named a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award, as revealed on Sportsnet's pre-game festivities last night. San Jose's Brent Burns and the Rangers' Henrik Lindqvist are the other finalists. The award goes annually to a player that more or less exemplifies good citizenship within their community, though it also goes to a high-end player. (It's quite similar to the King Clancy Award in that respect.)
May 02 2015 12:35PM
The Nation Network isn't accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton?
We're experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools - particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs already in full swing, let's take a moment, look back at round one, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition!
May 02 2015 11:00AM
Two Calgary Flames prospects kept their championship hopes alive, while another has had theirs extinguished last night in Brandon.
The Brandon Wheat Kings capped off their Eastern Conference Championship series with the Calgary Hitmen with an 8-2 win, giving them a 4-1 series victory and a trip to the WHL Final against either Kelowna or Portland beginning sometime next week.