The Weekly Ignition: February 18 2014

Ryan Pike
February 18 2014 10:15AM

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The medal round of the 2014 Winter Olympics are underway and the Calgary Flames are back on the ice tomorrow for practice. The return of NHL hockey is just around the corner. Here's a quick rundown of what's happened and what's to come.

PRESS ROUND-UP

Curtis Glencross is on the mend and targeting Calgary's first game after the Olympics, but isn't gonna rush it.

Johnny Gaudreau is the runaway front-runner for the Hobey Baker Award

PROSPECTS ROUND-UP

Busy week for the Abbotsford Heat. Chad Billins and Ben Street were at the All-Star Game in St. John's, beating Farjestads BK by a 7-2 score. Street had the game-winning goal and both Heat players were +1. After that, it was a wild travel adventure as a snowstorm made air travel insane and a 16-hour bus trip to Raleigh for a pair of games with the Charlotte Checkers. Despite the craziness, the Heat took three of a possible four points via a 5-1 win and a 5-4 OT loss. Joni Ortio faced 72 shots over the weekend. Markus Granlund continued to be awesome with three points. Max Reinhart was held off the scoresheet for the first time in forever.

Down in Alaska, the Aces played five games and won twice. Turner Elson scored a goal. Very little else happened.

Johnny Gaudreau had 5 points and extended his scoring streak to 26 games. Boston College clinched the Hockey East regular season crown. Morgan Klimchuk had 4 points. Coda Gordon had 3 assists. Kenny Agostino had 3 points, as did Bill Arnold.

Providence College's Jon Gillies is now 2-6-2 since the World Juniors with a 2.82 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. Shockingly, PC has tumbled down the Hockey East standings. Over in the Big Ten, Matt Deblouw played for the first time in over a month, posting four shots in a pair of weekend games for Michigan State.

UP NEXT

The Flames are back in action next week.

The Heat play a brutal, brutal three-games-in-three-nights stretch next weekend – they play Friday in Milwaukee and then Saturday and Sunday in Chicago against the Wolves. Down in the ECHL, the Aces host the Ontario Reign on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

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Now in his third full season covering the Calgary Flames and the NHL, Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's trying to keep his head up, his stick on the ice and is giving it 110% every shift. You can also find his work at The Hockey Writers, the Wrestling Observer and Tough Talk MMA.
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#1 RexLibris
February 18 2014, 10:20AM
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Ryan, might want to re-size that Ignite pic. I think it is somewhere in the Sistine Chapel pixel range right now.

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Good news about Glencross.

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#2 Keith Fredlund
February 18 2014, 11:29AM
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Man, that Roman Cervenka guy is pretty good. Two goals so far! He must be the best player not in the nhl! Lets get him on contract. Oh really?

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#3 RKD
February 18 2014, 11:54AM
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What about Ramo? He's supposed to be ready after the break, how's he progressing.

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#4 McRib
February 18 2014, 02:48PM
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Wonder whats goin on with Matt Deblouw as it seems something is seriously wrong... Is he partying too much or something? The kid showed so much promise last season with 21 points in 42 games as a freshman. This season he has TWO points!!! I heard his father passed away a couple years ago. Hope he finds his way again seemed like a solid kid.

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#5 Parallex
February 18 2014, 04:18PM
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@McRib

Maybe nothing is seriously wrong. I mean it's entirely possible that last year was the abberation and this year is his true talent level.

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#6 FlamesRule
February 18 2014, 08:41PM
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Probably really late with this but just noticed it - thanks for the link to Daily Faceoff!

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#7 Dave
February 19 2014, 08:46AM
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how about those finish!

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#8 McRib
February 19 2014, 08:57AM
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I watched Matt Deblouw last season numerous times on the B1G Ten network he looked like a legitimate talent made things happen for team constantly whenever he was on the ice on a weak team. Watching Bill Arnold as freshman as well would have to say Deblouw had more upside at that time for me. Maybe he has been battling injuries, but regardless something is not right with him in East Lansing. He didn't just score 21 points last season, he made it look like that was just the tip of the iceberg every time he was on the ice he was noticeable.

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#9 Baalzamon
February 19 2014, 11:45AM
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Is Gudlevskis Latvian for "Good Goalie"? Holy crap.

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#10 prendrefeu
February 19 2014, 12:13PM
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He's been amazing so far, and all without a water bottle! I'm glad we (Canada) finally got a second goal in, but Gudlevskis deserves a standing ovation.

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