December 04 2013 12:07PM
Now that the Flames have returned from a back-to-back road trip that saw them get obliterated in Anaheim and snatch two points in tinsel-town, the local heroes return home, all of them just finishing their friending of Mr. Cammalleri on their myspaces and Calgaryplanets.
Tonight's game features the Pacific Division's most inexpensive team to purchase, the Glendale Coyotes. The 'Yotes are just coming off of laying a conversion-less touchdown on our dear northern kinfolk and if the Flames aren't careful, a similar fate could await them.
I know you are all absolutely dreading being subjected to another Flames home-game against the Coyotes and frankly, I don't blame you. The past 4000 of these games have been Godfather III. However, tonight's game features the return of Captain Gio, so it will be worth it just to watch for that.
December 04 2013 08:57AM
Ah, November. The first month of regression. A lot of the Flames hopefuls got out to tremendous starts in October and although the numbers are still very healthy, many have come back down to earth a little. Except Johhny Gaudreau, of course.
Go here for a primer on NHLE. Otherwise, hit the jump.
December 03 2013 04:01PM
As we cross-over the quarter mark of the season, it’s time to look back at how each Flames player has done possession-wise. If you recall, at the end of last season, Kent wrote an article that provided adjusted final Corsi numbers to give a depiction of how good each Flames player was at driving the play, controlling for various circumstances.
December 03 2013 12:57PM
(photo courtesy the Abbotsford Heat)
Anybody hoping that the rebuild for the franchise will be a quick one are probably keeping tabs on the AHL's Abbotsford Heat, and they're probably pretty impressed by their performance thus far.
At the beginning of Decemberbthe Heat sit with a 17-6-0-2 record, good for first overall in the AHL. Better yet, the team's doing it with a roster almost entirely bereft of veterans, with the possible exception of goaltender Joey MacDonald and team captain Dean Arsene.
Last week I had the chance to have a phone conversation with Abbotsford head coach Troy G. Ward, now in his third year at the helm of Calgary's farmhands.
December 03 2013 10:24AM
There isn't a lot to talk about in Flamesland these days. The injuries have piled up and, predictably, so have the losses.
Perhaps the primary bone of contention is the coaching, thanks to Bob Hartley's predilection for controversial or at least counter-intuitive choices now and then. The focus on the Flames bench boss will likely increase in the wake of Scott Parker's recent accusations in the Denver Post, to say nothing of the continued scratching of assets like Sven Baertschi.