November 28 2011 08:41AM
The Flames changed management, traded a few key pieces and reshuffled some of their scouting staff over the last calender year or so. Even with all that, the Flames are in pretty much the same position they were last year at this time. The club's hopes for the playoffs are already extremely slim and it's unlikely we'll see them pull off another two month miracle run like they did post-Christmas last season.
November 27 2011 06:54PM
Final score: 5-2 W
November 27 2011 03:18PM
Not much to say that hasn't been covered already this week and in Steinberg's FGD. The Wild are a beatable team despite what their record suggests and the Flames are rapidly approaching a point where the second half of the season will be largely irrelevant if the clubs doesn't start winning with more regularity.
Although most minds in town have already turned to the off-season and the more distant future, the truth is only one quarter of the year is through and the Flames are a better team than they've shown so far. A rebound and final grasp at the post-season before the remnants of the Sutter era are finally swept away is possible, however dim that likliehood seems now.
If the Flames management and veterans are to make their summer-time bravado not seem like so much marketing propoganda, the turn-around has to start tonight.
November 25 2011 08:42PM
Final Score: 2-0L
November 25 2011 05:39PM
We have a FN roundtable coming up in the next few days on the Flames so I'll limit the discussion to the Blues.
St. Louis has gone on a run since Hitchcock replaced Payen and although Ken is usually a guy who can coax better than average results from his clubs, the truth is the Blues were bound to rebound with or without the coaching change. I covered their early season results at HP here. Short version? The Blues had better than average underlying numbers at ES and their record through 13 games this season was almost entirely bad luck.
Hitchcock may be a good move anyways (although Payne was pretty capable work himself), but we should resist assuming a coaching change would suddenly right the ship here in Calgary - the fundamentals were there for the Blues prior to the change and their rebound was inevitable. So while I think the Flames will eventually go on a run at some point as a matter of chance, the local team's issues are a lot deeper.