February 01 2013 12:24AM
So where do we begin with this tonight?
Justin mentioned at the top of the FGD, that the Flames 1-2-1 didn't look too fancy. Well then what does a 1-3-1 record look like?
"Tonight, Calgary will welcome the Colorado Avalanche to the 'Dome. The Avs are on the second game of a back-to-back (losing 3-0 last night to Vancouver in the rainy city), and are currently sporting a depleted roster - meaning that tonight is a great opportunity for the Flames to pick up two points."
Did we mention that the Av's were going to go this one without Ryan O'Reilly, Gabriel Landeskog, Steve Downie, and... uhh.. Oh yeah! Their backup in net!
January 21 2013 05:48PM
After the Flames didn't fare so well Shark fishing, today they'll try their luck at Duck hunting.
In four games last year, both teams were 2-1-1 and both winning their games in their own barn.
With the shortened schedule, the Flames will play the Ducks three times, two of which will be here at the Dome. Last time these two team faced off against each other, it was the last game of the regular season. Both teams were out of the playoffs and basically disinterested;. Akim Aliu led the Flames with two goals and the Ducks couldn't wait to get on the plane to go back to sunny California.
Tonight is a different story all together. The Ducks had the day off yesterday after taking the Canucks to the woodshed, and the Flames skate in their first of many... many, back-to-back games.
January 20 2013 11:05PM
The stage was set. The Dome was packed and as the season opening video hit the jumbotron, it was enough to rile fans into a steady buzz. Armed with as many light-sticks as you could hold, when the music hit, the frenzy was too much to contain, and the fans were alive, and it felt like home again.
Needless to say, the events of the last four months were long forgotten, and all was forgiven.
As I sat in my seat, the fans all around were already beginning the season's first pool. Who would score the Calgary's first goal of the season? With names flying around, one fan made mention that Glencross was the odds on favorite since he had done it twice before andnow he was playing with Iggy and Tanguay. That seemed enough to convice the undecided in the area.
With a grin on my face, I turned to the gentleman and said, "My money's on Backlund this year."
January 17 2013 10:48AM
Well it’s finally
October January, and we are just about ready for the start of the 2012- 2013 NHL hockey season.
Depending on your level of contempt for the league (the players or some combination of the two) you might be ready as a fan to take a look at this year’s edition of the Calgary Flames and decide where you stand on what truly matters: the hockey. How will this year’s band of brothers fair on the icy battlefield? Are you looking back in anger? Looking forward with optimism? Or are you stuck somewhere in the middle just shaking your damn head - not really sure about how to feel about any notion of direction?
Over the past week, as Flames fans, we have seen the numbers from various sources. Let’s face it folks, the “odds” don’t look all that great, do they?
Does that mean we should just throw in the towel now? We’ve seen Kent break down the two ways this season could go for Calgary. We’ve seen Lambert describe how, if the stars all align perfectly for a little over three months, the Flames might find their way to the right path; albeit, even if they do, it will be due to flat out dumb luck, and still to the detriment of the team in the long run.
With all due respect to Doubting Thomas, it’s pretty easy write the Flames off before they play their first game. Let’s face it, historical performance makes it a lot easier to justify those claims than hope and speculation. This team hasn’t gotten the job done. They haven’t gotten into the playoffs for the last three years, and they have done little to change their modus operandi.
While I’m not a believer that all the stars need to be aligned, I do think there are some integral things that need to happen in order for some degree of success this season...
December 19 2012 09:48AM
Long before the chants of “Ig-gy, Ig-gy” or “Kip-per, Kip-per” echoed within the Saddledome walls, there was one syllable that resonated from the Flames faithful. Every time the original #12 lit the lamp, in one harmonized tone, the sounds of “Looooooooooooooooob” could be heard from the stands.
Håkan Loob’s name is not often included amongst the likes of Nieuwendyk, Fleury, MacInnis, Vernon, or even Iginla and Kiprusoff, as the all-time greatest to play here in Calgary; but I’m telling you here and now, it would be a mistake to over-look the contributions he made to this organization and this city.