January 05 2012 03:54PM
The Bruins are a scary good team right now. Not only do they drive possession relatively well at ES, but they are also running hot in terms of percentages. The latter isn't likely to hold forever, but while it does BOS is close to unbeatable. They've been the best team in the league over the last 25 games or so and represent the stiffest test for the Flames on this trip.
January 03 2012 07:35PM
Final Score:3-1 L
January 03 2012 04:44PM
The Flames stumbled their way through the easy portion of the road trip so now they face the unfavorable task of picking up points against much tougher competition in order to stay in the thick of the WC playoff race.
That starts tonight with the Caps. It's been a rocky road for WAS so far and it looks like Alex Ovechkin has gone from a freakish force of nature to *just* a very good player. Despite their hiccups, the Capitals remain a formidable foe - they are currently 4th in the league in terms of possession (score-tied) behind only DET, STL and CHI (Flames are 19th). Their goaltending has been relatively mediocre and some big guns are suffering through poor SH%, but their first half record shouldn't be taken as proof that their window has closed.
If I was to pick a team to have a big second half of the season, the Caps are near the top of the list. Calgary will need to be drastically better than they have been in their previous stops recently to have any sort of chance.
January 02 2012 03:27PM
Feaster has been at the helm of the Calgary Flames for just over a year. And while some superficially significant moves have been made over that period (specifically, the trades involving Robyn Regehr and Daymond Langkow) the organizational path and mantra hasn't changed much despite the switch in management. Calgary continues to market long beloved heroes like Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff while battling to remain in the playoff picture in the Western Conference.
January 01 2012 06:43PM
Final Score: 5-3 L