POST GAME: Lehner Down, Into Darkness

Taylor McKee
March 03 2016 08:00PM

The Flames, in what I can only interpret as a performance art project that skewers our narrow-minded ideas about what defence is, surrendered six goals to the Buffalo Sabres tonight and moved one step closer to NHL Absolute Zero.

The Sabres won 6-3, come read about it if you're some kind of sicko:

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AHL You Need to Know: Poulin One Out of the Fire

Taylor McKee
February 25 2016 02:00PM

The Heat scraped out an ugly win yesterday night, defeating the San Diego Gulls 4-3 in a shootout in Hunter Shinkaruk's Stockton Heat debut. The line of Kenny Agostino, Freddie Hamilton, and Garnet Hathaway continued their strong play and provided two of the three goals for Stockton. 

As for SHINKWATCH 2016: he was held off the scoresheet, playing on a line with Drew Shore and Emile Poirier. Let's get into how his debut went after the jump!

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AHL You Need to Know: How Does Shinkaruk Fit?

Taylor McKee
February 23 2016 02:00PM

The Heat played twice last weekend and boy, let me tell you, they really need someone who can score. Just a guy who can put the puck in the net, preferably one who is kinda small and pale. What's that? They recently acquired a player fitting this description via trade? One that I had previously resigned myself to belittling and now must welcome into my heart unconditionally? Ya don't say! 

After firing everything but the kitchen Shink at San Jose on Sunday, the new Flames acquisition will surely bolster the rather anemic offense of the Stockton Heat for however long he's with them. Let's see how Hunter Shinkaruk will fit with the Heat and recap their weekend after the jump.

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Home SwHeat Home

Taylor McKee
February 16 2016 02:00PM

The NHL season is slipping away from the Calgary Flames, so it is only natural that some attention will start to shift to players on the farm. In Stockton, Derek Grant, the no-brainer choice for a call-up, is probably getting good use out of straws following a broken jaw suffered in a freaking practice drill. Who was responsible? Orr? Was it Colton Orr? I suspect Colton Orr. It was totally Colton Orr wasn't it? Life without Grant began this past week for the Stockton Heat and the results were... surprisingly positive. 

This team is really hard to read. One week, they look like first practice Mighty Ducks, the next you cannot understand why they aren't leading their division. The Heat posted back-to-back wins this weekend, beating the Pacific Division-leading Ontario Reign and handily beating the cellar-dwelling San Antonio Rampage. Read all about it after the jump!

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The Heat Index: Heat Wavering

Taylor McKee
February 08 2016 12:00PM

There was a lot of optimism surrounding this road trip after the Heat had strung together seven straight home wins, including a win against Pacific Division-leading Ontario. However, the Heat came out flat in both games this weekend, dropping a pair of games against teams near them in the standings. 

Again, the Heat struggled to generate offence with one exception: Derek Grant, who is almost certainly the greatest goal scorer since Mike Bossy. In both games this weekend, Grant scored flukey goals because he cannot stop scoring. It may be a medical condition...

Come and read about the weekend after the jump! 

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