What's going on with Sean Monahan?

Pat Steinberg
November 28 2015 02:33PM


We've used the word "money" in so many different ways over the last two years when it comes to Sean Monahan, and for good reason. For two straight seasons, Monahan has done nothing but exceed expectations all over the map. It's been a different story in year three, though. For the first time in his young NHL career, Monahan hasn't lived up to sky high expectations, at least not so far this season. I've got a few reasons as to why that is.

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FGD #24: The Shark Tank

Ryan Pike
November 28 2015 12:00PM

The Calgary Flames played the second of their three games on their road trip last night. The bad news is that for the second time in as many games, they lost. The good news is they took awhile to do so, so they lost 2-1 in overtime to the Artists Formerly Known As The Phoenix Coyotes. Tonight, they seek redemption - and a sorely needed two points - in Silicon Valley as they face the San Jose Sharks.

The Flames hit San Jose with a 8-13-2 record and 18 points, putting them 7 points back of the Coyotes for the last Pacific playoff spot and 8 points back of the 13-9-0 Sharks. They flat-out need to figure out ways to win games or to at least lose more often in overtime, like Vancouver (9-8-7) has been. Otherwise we might as well all start booking tee times.

The puck drops just after 8pm MT on CBC (with Rick Ball and Kelly Hrudey, since there's a million national games tonight) and on Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Coyotes 2, Flames 1 (OT) post-game embers: Please play Josh Jooris

Ari Yanover
November 28 2015 09:00AM

please give this young man more ice time he deserves it
Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports

The Flames dominated play. While it didn't reflect on the scoreboard, they were easily the better team on the ice. Their superiority at even strength didn't lead to goals, but it did lead to power plays, on which teams are, theoretically, supposed to score goals.

The Flames did not do that, and they lost.

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Post-Game: Close Only Counts in Horseshoes

Kent Wilson
November 27 2015 10:00PM

November has been a roller coaster ride for Flames fans. After an abysmal opening month, the last four weeks have been a wild up-and-down ride featuring some of the team's best and worst performances this season. 

After dominating the Chicago Blackhawks on home ice, the Flames took to the road and were promptly outclassed by the Ducks in California, a fitting example of the November pattern. And while playing well at least occasionally can be considered an improvement, taking a step forward and then step back is a bad way to get yourself back into the playoff picture.

Tonight the Flames tried to get back on track - hopefully permanently - against the Coyotes in Arizona. Did they succeed?

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Joni Ortio Pulled After Four First Period AHL Goals

Ryan Pike
November 27 2015 09:23PM

Yesterday the Calgary Flames assigned Joni Ortio to the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League.

After posting a 4.27 goals against average and .868 save percentage in four games (and 141 minutes) of NHL action, the hope was Ortio would round into form by actually playing some hockey.

In his return to the American Hockey League, he couldn't even make it out of the first period against the Bakersfield Condors. He allowed four goals - three even-strength and one on the power-play - on 12 shots in 13:07 of action before getting pulled in favour of back-up Kent Simpson.

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