November 30 2015 04:00PM
You know the saying "It was 4-1"? It's in reference to the Toronto Maple Leafs' inability to close out their playoff series to the Boston Bruins back in 2013, despite entering the third period with a 4-1 lead. It was 4-1, and they lost it.
For the Calgary Inferno, this past weekend's theme was "It was 4-0". And while the scores didn't stay 4-0, the Inferno came away with two victories, and now sit alone at the top of the CWHL.
November 30 2015 02:00PM
The Calgary Flames are dead-last in the National Hockey League. At this point, it's probably time to start thinking about the future. In order to figure out the future, the Flames probably need to do what they have in previous years when the wheels fell off their season: bring some kids up and try them out.
With that in mind, here are five prospects that we need to see in a Flames jersey this season for evaluation purposes at the NHL level. (Or merely to keep the "always earned, never given" mantra alive in the organization.) The list is based on a combination of players that deserve to get a look and players that probably need to get a look.
November 30 2015 12:00PM
This week might’ve been one of the best of the season for the Heat despite losing two of three. People love to use the cliché “complete game,” but there are few phrases that can describe what the Heat did this past week as accurately as that.
It was a week of positives in almost every aspect of the team, it’s nice to see some change, finally. It hasn’t been an easy year as Stockton continues to toil in the underbelly of the Pactific division, so all we can hope for are signs of life.
Here are some thoughts and observations for your reading enjoyment.
November 30 2015 10:16AM
The first two months of this season for the Calgary Flames have been absolutely dreadful. No one, not even the Edmonton Oilers, has a worse record than Calgary's 8-14-2 mark (both teams share the exact same record, in fact). After the excitement of last season, this year has been a disappointment at best, and one that has caught many Flames fans off guard. Most believe this team is capable of more than they've shown, but is that accurate?
November 30 2015 08:00AM
It's end of November and the Flames are tied for last in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers. They have just three regulation wins through more than a quarter of the season and they have the worst special teams and goaltending in the league. And the second worst score-corrected possession rate. Yuck.
It's safe to say Calgary won't be visiting the playoffs again this year. While I don't think the current results accurately reflect the team's true talent (seriously bad goaltending will always salt in the field), the Flames haven't made enough real strides to turn the horse around in such a short period of time. Calgary's probably not this bad, but they aren't good either.
So the rebuild is back on. Start daydreaming about Auston Mattews, Matthew Tkachuk or one of the big Finnish kids everyone.
In this edition of the FN Mailbag, we talk about the future of Bob Hartley, the club's untouchable players, trade deadline and what to do about the Flames goaltending.