FGD #23: Howling For A Win

Ryan Pike
November 27 2015 12:00PM

The Calgary Flames head to one of their favourite recent haunts, the desert, for the second game of their three-game Pacific Division road trip tonight. They're in Glendale, Arizona to tangle with the Arizona Coyotes and they're hoping to right the ship after a really disappointing result in Anaheim on Tuesday night.

The Flames are still close to the pack, entering Friday's ice hockey matches seven points back of Vancouver with a game-in-hand. Granted, the Flames are closer to the basement (two points up on Edmonton) than they are to the playoffs, but there is a lot of hockey left to play. But they need to get on track and rattle off some wins, particularly against divisional opponents like Arizona.

The puck drops tonight at 7pm MT on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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Bill Arnold Impressing In Stockton, But Not The 'Fixer' The Flames Need

Mike Cadarette
November 27 2015 09:00AM

Lately it seems there’s been a lot of chatter from fans wanting to see Bill Arnold in a Calgary Flames jersey. However, he may not be the jolt the Flames are looking for.

The primary reason for this, of course, is to bring about change. Lineups tend to get stale when fans become restless with their team’s play. What’s more, fans often like to see prospects they haven’t seen before, and who can blame them? Unfortunately, it’s not always what’s best for the team at that particular moment.

Let’s explore why Bill Arnold isn’t the right choice to fix the Flames’ woes right now.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
November 27 2015 06:45AM

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Where will Travis Hamonic land, Forbes comes out with the latest team values, Leafs and Canucks still dreaming of players coming home in 2016, teams a quarter of the way into the season, TJ Brodie won't be traded, trading Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in Oil country, two stars drop the mitts, fantasy hockey and more in this weeks Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Are The Flames Becoming A Good Team?

Ryan Pike
November 26 2015 03:00PM

Four seasons ago, the Calgary Flames were in trouble.

They had an aging core, the majority of which had seen their best seasons already. Their key assets were depreciating in value rapidly, notably Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester. Miikka Kiprusoff had seen his best years and was readying for retirement. The bottom was about to fall out on the team's dreams of playoff contention.

Flames management finally threw in the towel and began their rebuild. Here we are, roughly 185 games into the rebuild, and Calgary's struggles (at times) this season have led to questions regarding the team's progression since hitting the magical reset button.

So where are the Flames relative to where they started in the rebuild, and relative to last season's season of wild bounces and magical comebacks and playoff games?

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What were the Flames thinking with three goalies?

Ari Yanover
November 26 2015 01:00PM

Now that Joni Ortio is officially in Stockton, and Jonas Hiller activated, the three-goalie conundrum that has plagued the Flames since July 1 has finally been put to rest. The two veterans, Hiller and Karri Ramo, should split starts, while the prospect, Ortio, should get development time in the AHL.

The proper destination has been reached. The problem is the journey to get there was riddled with completely avoidable errors, and errors that very well may have contributed to one of the worst starts in franchise history.

Goaltending is a very mental position, and three goalies is an unusual situation. It's no surprise things didn't work out.

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