December 22 2014 01:48PM
The Calgary Flames complete their pre-Christmas schedule tonight in Los Angeles. Despite all the disappointment and frustration over their present eight-game winless streak (0-7-1), a lot of that apprehension would be eliminated with two points against the Los Angeles Kings.
There's a few reasons for that.
First is the presence of former Flames coach/GM/mad scientist Darryl Sutter, who led the Flames to a win (and a few inches or a video review) away from the promised land, then went nuts trying to get back there with this team. Instead, he was fired and then lured to Hollywood to run the team as a coach - not a manager - and won two Stanley Cups in three years. If he had stayed in Calgary and declined the opportunity to be GM, maybe things could've been different.
Second, the Flames actually won the season series against the Kings last season.
The Flames have confidence against the Kings for this reason, but you also have to believe there's a bit of jealousy over the fact that the Kings eked into the playoffs and WON THE STANLEY CUP, while the Flames beat them more often than not. That may be a fuel for some false hope about playoff success, but in the short-term here, it's gotta really motivate the coaching staff and the on-ice leadership to stick it to the Kings once again.
Finally, the Flames have played reasonably well during these last two weeks. But they have one point to show for their last 8 games. Mistakes, even tiny ones, are ending up in their own net. Heck, they SCORED ON THEMSELVES last game, in a game against a divisional opponent that was decided by a goal. They need to get some swagger back, and they won't do that unless they start getting rewarded for mostly-good performances.
The Kings enter this game three points up on Calgary for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. They do also have a game in hand. For a few from the other side, check out our frenemies at The Royal Half.
The puck drops just after 8:30pm MT and you can catch the game on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
December 21 2014 11:36AM
The Flames got a point last night, their first such standings point in 17 days. Since December 4, they're 0-7-1. Granted, a lot of the past 17 days has been horrid luck, but occasional lapses have come back to haunt the Calgary Flames in a big way lately.
So our Sunday question is thus: Has Calgary's losing streak changed your tune about the team, or are you satisfied with the team being at .500 (or thereabouts) around Christmas?
December 21 2014 08:32AM
Everyone ready for Christmas? I usually leave all my gift getting until the last minute but I'm feeling generous so today my present to everyone is this weeks First Star, Worst Star!
December 21 2014 01:43AM
The Calgary Flames finally earned another point - their first since their OT win against Colorado on December 4 - via a 3-2 overtime loss against Vancouver. So ends 17 point-less days this month, and hopefully a sign that the tide is turning.
They're back in action on Monday night in Los Angeles in their last game before the Christmas break.
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December 20 2014 12:29PM
Another week is in the books, and that means it's time for another edition of the Pacific War Room. What is the Pacific War Room? Each week, our friends at the Royal Half round up a summary of the week that was from
the best and brightest bloggers from around the Pacific Division.