February 12 2016 12:04AM
The Calgary Flames came into San Jose hoping for a consistent 60 minute effort, and ideally two points.
After one of the most bizarre games they've played in all season, they're probably just happy to escape Silicon Valley. Despite blowing 2-0 and 4-1 leads, and losing both David Jones and Karri Ramo to injuries, the Flames eked out a 6-5 shootout victory in San Jose.
It was a fun game to watch if you only cared about goals and excitement. If you wanted to see strong structural hockey, or a team not blowing giant leads, you came to the wrong place.
February 11 2016 11:31PM
Quick, somebody wrap Jiri Hudler and Kris Russell in bubblewrap.
With just three minutes left in regulation between the Flames and the Sharks, Sam Bennett and Mark Giordano took penalties at the same time. It was Giordano's that was particularly costly, though, as his hauling down Joonas Donskoi led to a collision with Ramo - one that seemed to hurt his leg, and one that definitely ended his night.
Ramo was unable to skate off under his own power, so this projects to be bad.
February 11 2016 10:39PM
David Jones was in just his fifth shift of the game when his night unexpectedly came to an end.
Shortly after the Flames made it a 4-1 game off of Mikael Backlund's eighth of the season, Brent Burns took a shot of his own. It didn't reach Karri Ramo, though because Jones - more specifically, the inside of Jones' leg - got in the way.
Jones fell to the ice, and struggled to get back up. It took him roughly 13 seconds after blocking the shot to make his way back to the bench, after which point he left the game, having played just 3:44 on the night.
February 11 2016 04:46PM
Craig Button has released his top 50 list of all NHL-drafted prospects, and... there isn't a single Flame to be found among them.
Granted, you always have to take these lists with a handful of salt. It's one person's opinion covering an insane talent pool that spreads across 30 NHL teams, which is incredibly difficult to make an entire list out of - especially when they're prospects, and offer much fewer viewing opportunities.
That said, the other teams without a single prospect to appear on the list are Buffalo, Edmonton, Florida, Los Angeles, and New Jersey. (Sam Bennett is one of the youngest in the Flames organization, so he's acknowledged, but he's actually in the NHL, so not a prospect.)
Not to leave all the Canadians teams out, though, Button has also provided a sub-list of each of their top five prospects, and Jon Gillies tops the Flames' list.
Could a healthy Gillies have cracked the top 50? There are only four goalies on the list, but there's no reason to think he couldn't hang with any of them.
February 11 2016 12:00PM
After an eventful few days on the home front - full of Super Bowl parties, abruptly short practices, healthy scratches and a seven-hour appeals hearing for Dennis Wideman at the NHL offices in New York - the Calgary Flames are now on the road for a few days and have a wonderful distraction from all the tumult at home: a pair of really important divisional clashes.
First up? A trip to Silicon Valley, where they visit the illustrious Shark Tank and the San Jose Sharks. San Jose is one of many, many teams ahead of the Flames in the NHL standings and they haven't fared too well against them thus far in 2015-16. But with the Flames hopefully rejuvenated with some fresh, motivated legs, perhaps the Flames can grind one out tonight.
The puck drops at 8:30pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!