March 08 2014 02:32PM
On the flipside. 2014 has been a rough ride for the Canucks so far, going 5-16-3 and falling out of the playoffs in the Western Conference. They also traded a bona-fide number one goalie to the East...twice. The fanbase has been calling for the resignation of the coach, GM, pro scouts, equipment managers, and if I was a certain orca, I wouldn't feel so secure in my current line of work either.
So, it's times like these where one starts to feel bad for poor, championship-less Canucks fans. The Heritage Classic game was just held to honour a team that won a 'Stanley Cup' in a year that the US Congress rejected a proposal to allow women to vote. I mean, it must be hard to want to---
I'm sorry. I can't finish this. I can't muster a single ounce of sympathy at the moment. It's too delicious. Read about tonight's HNIC tilt after the jump.
March 03 2014 12:26PM
GRANLUND Vs GRANLUND. PARISE Vs BRODIE. COOKE Vs THE FLAMES. MCGRATTAN Vs THE PUCK.
Yes, it will be another nostalgic Northwest division showdown in Minny tonight, with the Flames welcoming back some familiar faces and trying out some new lines against the Wild, who are firmly seated in the first wildcard position in the Western Conference.
Perhaps one of the most intriguing story lines is the fact that Markus Granlund will be taking on his older brother Mikael for the first time (hopefully of many) in the NHL. Mikael was a top-ten pick (Markus was taken 45th in 2011) for the Wild in the 2010 NHL draft and has had a difficult time adjusting to being a full-time NHLer. But after a strong Olympics he seems to be settling in and is having easily his best season as a pro in North America.
Have a look at the rosters after the jump
February 27 2014 10:49PM
Yes, the Flames are back after the Olympic break and began their sprint to the lottery by being shutout at home for the fifth time this season and the eighth time overall. The Kings beat the Flames 2-0 and even though the Flames didn't play awful, they weren't able to generate enough offense to beat a vastly superior club. That being said, the Flames did beat the Kings twice this season already. Also, man the Kings are boring.
The highly anticipated Fantastic Flame Finnkids looked pretty decent tonight, though Granlund only played 7:14 but managed 2 shots and was 2-4 in the circle. Ortio allowed two goals on 24 shots and generally speaking gave the Flames a chance to win. I hope that Granlund will be given more of an opportunity to show what he can do throughout the duration of his call up, and I am not sure seven minutes with Westgarth is the most advantageous spot for him.
Find out the nuts and bolts of the Flames loss after the jump.
January 30 2014 10:14PM
Coming off of a game in which the Sharks had approximately 6,987 shot attempts and didn't score a single goal, it seemed fairly obvious that the Sharks would be fairly frustrated and looking to score a pile against a vastly inferior Flames lineup. Perhaps the Flames would put up a valiant fight, similar to the last meeting with the Sharks, and everyone would go home satisfied and altogether one step closer to Ekblad or Reinhart or whomever your heart desires.
YOU WOULD THINK THAT WOULDN'T YA, IDIOT?
Well, obviously this Flames team cannot be stopped. Backlund should be the captain of team Sweden and Giordano should be anchoring the top pairing in Sochi. Look for Sean Monahan to captain Canada in Korea also. I'm sorry, its just... it's just been a little hard this season so forgive me for being irrationally proud of these loveable goofs.
The Flames beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 and won their fourth straight game, the second of which against a top-tier opponent, and generally looked in control for the entire game. It was a very impressive, very solid victory and the Flames are doing a lot of things very well recently, the most important of which may be scoring goals (19 in their last five). Find out how they did it after the jump.
January 24 2014 01:38PM
Ahh yes, those were the days huh? Such grit, and not a whole lot else.
The Flames and Preds used to be a sneaky good rivalry, mostly because I can remember the Preds simply owning the Flames the vast majority of the time. I am sure we all remember the Vokoun/Kipper fight which was crazyness and the McLennan/Vokoun/Iginla dust up was wild too. Nowadays, I wouldn't exactly consider a Preds/Flames game must see TV but the Flames are on a home winning streak dangnabbit, and they are looking to make it a two game winning streak.
The Flames (17-27-7) welcome the Nashville Predators (23-22-7) tonight in the second game of a five-game homestand. The Flames are on that aforementioned one-game home winning streak after they held on to beat the Coyotes 3-2 on Wednesday. The Flames will also likely be welcoming escapee Devan Dubnyk back to the Saddledome, a place where he shut out the Flames 2-0 in his last start against them on December 27.