The Weekly Ignition: November 25 2013

Ryan Pike
November 25 2013 12:28PM

 

 

The Flames earned five of a possible six points over the last week in a departure from their awful performance in the week prior. All this and Johnny Gaudreau keeps up putting up points and the Abbotsford Heat keep on winning, despite losing their leading scorer to the Flames.

Here's your weekly cup of catch-up with everything Flames-related!

RESULTS ROUND-UP

The Flames had a good week, despite needing to go to extra time in all three games.

On Monday, the Flames headed to the MTS Center in Winnipeg for the first time (and their first visit to Manitoba since 1996). In a really fun game to watch, despite the absolute defensive clown show on both sides of the puck at times, the Flames won 5-4 in an eight-round shootout. Mike Cammalleri, T.J. Brodie, Lance Bouma and Jiri Hudler scored in regulation, while Sean Monahan had the deciding goal in the shootout. Reto Berra got the win in net. [Post-Game]

On Wednesday, the game was much, much less entertaining. Back home, the Flames and Columbus ground it out in a rather tedious affair. Joe Colborne put the Flames on the board, but Calgary lost 2-1 in overtime. Berra was in net again and was “fine,” outside of a bonkers barrel-roll/windmill save he made in the first period. [Post-Game]

On Friday, the Flames hosted lowly Florida. Despite a dull first period, the game got lively and the Flames on 4-3 in a six-round shootout once again won by Sean Monahan. Colborne, Sven Baertschi and Blair Jones scored in regulation, while Reto Berra got a win.[Post-Game]

Also, a bit of roster movement in the Stampede City this week. Tim Jackman was traded to Anaheim for their sixth rounder in 2014 on Thursday (and Blair Jones was brought up from Abbotsford). On Friday, the Flames flipped their own sixth rounder in 2014 to Dallas for Lane Macdermid and assigned him to Abbotsford. In summation: Jackman (32) was replaced by Jones (27) in Calgary, while Jones (27) was replaced by Macdermid (24), while Calgary's sixth was replaced by Anaheim's.

PRESS ROUND-UP

Want a decent comparator to Johnny Gaudreau? Take a look at Columbus' Cam Atkinson. The Sun's Wes Gilbertson has the rundown.

Trade winds, they are a blowing! While this week's moves prove that Jay Feaster's phone is still working, there's discussion that Mikael Backlund is on the trading block (via the Calgary Sun), while Shane O'Brien may also be available, per Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.

Scott Cruickshank talked to Reto Berra about his wicked-awesome save. Reto's, not Scott's.

Yahoo's Neate Sager takes a look at Jon Gillies' recent groin injury this weekend and his chances at being the top goalie for Team USA at the World Juniors.

Finally, I look at how the Flames streamlined their systems in Calgary and Abbotsford and how Blair Jones' successful return to Calgary may be proof that approach is working.

And if you haven't read the First Quarter Roundtable, what are you waiting for? Probably the 48-game edition, i suppose...

A LOOK BACK

The Flames went 2-0-1 this past week, with two wins in the home run derby, er, shootout, and one loss in OT. In the past two weeks, they're 2-2-2. They sit 8-11-4 overall, 12 points back of the last playoff team in the stacked Pacific Division having earned roughly a third of the points available to them. If the season ended today, they'd draft sixth overall.

Down on the farm, the Abbotsford Heat are the bee's knees, having amassed four wins this week and a 17-5-0-1 record overall. They just finished off a season-high seven game road trip, taking them to such wonderful places as Cedar Park, TX, Oklahoma City, OK, Milwaukee, WI, Rockford, IL, and Des Moines, IA. They went 6-1-0 over the road trip, which is just dandy, especially when you consider that Blair Jones (their leading scorer) was recalled mid-way through. In the past week's worth of games, Joni Ortio had a shutout and won twice while Joey MacDonald also won twice. Chad Billins had seven assists, while Paul Byron and Markus Granlund each had five points. Granlund has been excellent in the last three weeks or so.

Your arbitrary prospect Three Stars are Keegan Kanzig (he had a game-winning goal, a plus-four rating and a fight in his first week back from injury), Johnny Gaudreau (four points in two games) and John Gilmour (two assists, including on the game-winner for Providence on Saturday night). A special stick-tap to Jon Gilles, who left Friday's game after 40 minutes with a groin injury, then came back on Saturday to back-stop his team to a win. He's lost one game all season.

A LOOK AHEAD

The Flames have two days off, then host the Stanley Cup Champions from Chicago on Wednesday night. Then it's off to sunny California for American Thanksgiving, which sounds nice until you remember that airports in the US are crazy this week and that Friday's game starts at 2pm because of Black Friday. It's an early Friday game in Anaheim, followed by an 8pm start on Saturday in Los Angeles. No easy games this week.

In the minors, the Heat host the Utica Comets on Friday and Saturday, which will feature good hockey and big crowds at the AESC, as the Canuck kids are in town. After a week off, the Alaska Aces head south to visit the Colorado Eagles on Wednesday and Friday.

And for those with Sportsnet on your televisions, the Subway Super Series concludes this week with three games. Team Russia plays Team OHL on Monday at 5pm MT, then plays Team WHL on Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm each night. Rushan Rafikov will probably play once or twice for Russia, while Flames first rounder Morgan Klimchuk will likely play in both games for the WHL squadron.

51a8cdc527ce12d222fdc583f3cf4368
Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's covered the Flames and the NHL since 2010. His work can also be found at The Hockey Writers and The Wrestling Observer.
Avatar
#1 O REALLY NOW
November 25 2013, 12:56PM
Trash it!
9
trashes
Props
17
props

I'd really hate to see Backlund traded. At this point in time, I doubt you're able to get a good return on him, so what's the point?

Avatar
#2 Sean Bennett
November 25 2013, 03:08PM
Trash it!
3
trashes
Props
1
props
prendrefeu wrote:

No Poirier update?

No points in two games.

Avatar
#3 mattyc
November 25 2013, 12:36PM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Props
12
props

haha O'Brien available.

Avatar
#4 prendrefeu
November 25 2013, 02:56PM
Trash it!
2
trashes
Props
0
props

No Poirier update?

Avatar
#5 Bean-counting cowboy
November 25 2013, 01:37PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Props
22
props

As tough as the West is this year might be a blessing in disguise as it helps kill any notion the owners might have that this team can compete for a playoff spot. Should help keep the rebuild moving forward.

Avatar
#6 SmellOfVictory
November 25 2013, 03:18PM
Trash it!
1
trashes
Props
13
props
mattyc wrote:

haha O'Brien available.

And the Oilers are looking for a Smid replacement. Oh my god, are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Avatar
#7 wot96
November 25 2013, 02:50PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
4
props

Any thoughts on how Rafikov has played based on the superseries? I haven't seen the games.

Avatar
#8 kittensandcookies
November 25 2013, 04:06PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
20
props
SmellOfVictory wrote:

And the Oilers are looking for a Smid replacement. Oh my god, are you thinking what I'm thinking?

That in the next CBA every player will automatically have an NTC preventing them from being traded to Edmonton?

Avatar
#9 RexLibris
November 25 2013, 04:34PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
6
props

The Dinos and U of A split their weekend series as well, 2-0 Dinos on Friday, 3-2 OT Golden Bears on Saturday.

Imagine, relevant hockey in this province! Wasn't sure I'd live to see this day again.

Avatar
#10 BurningSensation
November 26 2013, 04:18PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props
RexLibris wrote:

The Dinos and U of A split their weekend series as well, 2-0 Dinos on Friday, 3-2 OT Golden Bears on Saturday.

Imagine, relevant hockey in this province! Wasn't sure I'd live to see this day again.

As a province we are ok. If you live in Edm, not so much.

Avatar
#11 RKD
November 26 2013, 11:52PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Dreger says Carolina has made an offer on Backlund, but it's not a fit yet. The Flames want a comparable player back of similar age.

Comments are closed for this article.