January 14 2017 08:00AM
One of the teams in this game played the night before. One of them is in the bottom 10, league-wide. One of them is nowhere near a playoff spot.
That's the team that won.
January 13 2017 08:00AM
The bottom end of the Flames' defensive totem pole has received its fair share of criticism.
If anything, this season is more like one for treading water for the Flames. We generally expect them to take a much bigger step forward next season. When Ladislav Smid is finally officially off the books; when Deryk Engelland and Dennis Wideman's deals are no more and the expansion draft is in the past, then the Flames will finally - hopefully - be able to complete one thing that's been eluding them for some time: rounding out their top four defencemen.
In the meantime, though, they still have three very good ones. Let's take a moment to just talk about them.
January 12 2017 08:00AM
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Even if the Flames had lost, that would have been a pleasing game to watch.
Did they play at their best for a full 60 minutes? No, they did not - but they played a far more complete game than their previous two. A not-so-hot first led to pretty good second and third periods, and combined with some timely (and, honestly, unnecessary) stops from their goaltender, the Flames were able to pull out a win.
A regulation win. Over a division rival. They probably won't be competing with the Sharks for a playoff spot - the Sharks are, well, good, and should be a favourite to win the division for a reason - but that was a statement game.
It was against a tired opponent down a player for clerical reasons, but it was still against a superior opponent. And they didn't just hang in there: they won.
January 10 2017 02:00PM
New year, new look.
That was partially the case to start this season. The Calgary Flames ditched their old third jerseys - the ones with the wordmark awkwardly punctuated by their own logo (who uses a "C" as a period?) - in favour of returning to the jerseys that everybody loves: the retros.
Look at that uniform! Look. It's beautiful. It's by far the best jersey the Flames have to offer.
Now imagine it - and a matching away set - being what the Flames wear full time. For the entire season. It's certainly possible. As the NHL looks to switch over to Adidas jerseys, Adidas looks to nix alternate uniforms for the entire NHL. And that means teams had better get this right, or else we'll be seeing 82 games of ugly.
The Flames have the chance to get this right. They made a step in the right direction by bringing back the retros this season. Just one more step, guys.
January 10 2017 10:30AM
Ah, the All-Star Game: a weekend in which most of the NHL gets a chance to take a break, but for a few (mandated at least one per team) to be hauled up to whatever location has been designated for the year and shill for the league while showing off how talented they are at hockey, or something.
The Flames are a meh team this year without any real standouts, but since every team has to be represented, Johnny Gaudreau is once again an All-Star for the third year in a row. He's three for three now; do you think he may want a break at some point?