January 12 2012 10:27AM
While I'm sure would rather talk about the Flames long term plans, the truth is the club is no doubt going to continue to push for the postseason this year as long as that goal is reasonably within reach. As such, it makes sense to consider the Flames chances of climbing up to 8th by the end of the year.
January 10 2012 07:10PM
Flames can up their home win streak to 7 tonight, although they will face a stiffer test than the Minnesota Wild. New Jersey isn't quite an upper echelon club, but their top two lines are concern. Sutter will have to pick one of Parise/Kovalchuk or Elias to worry about, meaning at least one of the Devils trios is going to spend a lot of time against Brodie/Sarich and one of the Flames lesser lines. That's a problem.
On the other hand, Brodeur is no longer the best goalie in the league. In fact, at 40-years old, he's not even middling anymore. If he has a bad night, the Flames can win this one. If not, it's going to be a tough one.
January 09 2012 09:33PM
I've done something like this already this season, but it's time for another article praising Mikael Backlund.
It seems ridiculous on it's face to sing the praises of a forward who has scored six points in 28 games this season. That's about an 18-point pace over a full 82-game schedule, or approximately what Cory Sarich managed last year.
January 07 2012 11:00PM
Final Score: 3-1 W
January 07 2012 07:20PM
With the multitude of injuries and such, the roster the Flames are icing tonight looks about as vulnerable as a baby gazelle at the watering hole.
The only good news is the Flames are facing one of the lesser teams in the league in the Minnesota wild. That said, even the Wild have at least two NHL quality forward units tonight, including Mikko Koivu who will likely be the best skater on the ice. There isn't a team the Flames can take lightly at the best of times this year and in their incredibly weakened state Calgary is set up to play slump buster for the stumbling Wild.
That said, Iginla usually plays well against this club for whatever reason. Maybe he'll score #500 tonight, which would salvage the game for most Flames fans even if they lose.