Practice Notes - April 20 2015

Ryan Pike
April 20 2015 03:30PM

Twas an optional skate day for both the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks, as both teams attempt to regroup with the Flames up 2-1 in the series following last night's Game 3 win for the locals.

Here's a brief rundown of what was talked about after practice:

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Several Flames Prospects Survive Into Conference Finals

Ryan Pike
April 20 2015 02:00PM

While the National Hockey League's post-season has garnered the majority of the headlines - and for good reason - the playoffs continue in the Canadian Hockey League! Several Flames prospects remain improbably alive at this point, though one particular series is guaranteed to see a Flames prospect end their season (and possibly their junior career) after this round.

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Game 3 Faceoff Breakdown

Ryan Pike
April 20 2015 12:15PM

With home ice on their side, the Flames controlled their destiny in many ways, particularly in the face-off circle. The team made a handful of key changes that resulted in face-off wins, particularly in key times in key match-ups.

Their face-off success, particularly against Henrik Sedin, is one of the reasons they won.

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Report: Alex Burrows will not be suspended for instigating late fight with Kris Russell

Thomas Drance
April 20 2015 11:12AM

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An eye for an eye. Tit for tat. Rescinded instigator penalty for rescinded instigator penalty (although technically the league has decided not to rescind Alex Burrows' instigator, they just won't enforce his suspension).

Anyway it would appear that Vancouver Canucks forward Burrows will not be receiving a one-game suspension for instigating a fight with Calgary Flames defenseman Kris Russell late in Sunday night's Game 3, despite his having clearly, y'know, instigated the fight. The news comes courtesy Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

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FN Mailbag - April 19, 2015

Kent Wilson
April 20 2015 11:00AM


It's the middle of April and the Flames are still playing hockey. Sure, they haven't looked great through two games, but they're playing meaningful hockey mid-Spring for the first time in recent memory. Like pizza, even bad playoff hockey is still pretty good. 

This week we look at the persistence of Joe Colborne, what to do with Sam Bennett and, of course, the blueline.

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