March 17 2009 11:57AM
With 13 games left in the stretch drive, it's about time to start sizing up the Flames potentional first round opponents, yes? Some folks in town are anxiously eying the NW Div standings after the 3-4 road trip, but the truth of the matter is the Flames will likely finish first in the NW and are pretty much guaranteed to make the play-offs either way. So without further ado - the sizing up!
First of all, the standings. If the post season were to start today, the Flames would be facing CBJ in the first round. Might as well start with them.
March 10 2009 10:57AM
I don't have any lone, overarching themes, beefs or theses to share with you at this point, so here are a series of facts and thoughts in no particular order:
- As I sit here, it's -25 degrees in Calgary (or -13 F for you Americans out there). That's about the temperature of the city's hockey club at the moment too, Im afraid. The Flames have been outscored 11-3 in their last two losses, both at the hands of sub-play-off SE division teams. Hell ATL is in the running for John Tavares.
March 05 2009 02:23PM
Let the line juggling commence!
In the wake of the Flames busy deadline, many are wondering what's going to happen with the various line combos. I figured I might as well throw my two cents in.
On forward, there's no question in my mind that Jokinen was acquired to be the club's #1 center - meaning, he's going to play with Jarome Iginla. I've written elsewhere that Keenan was clearly dissatisfied with the prior situation, frequently rotating a number of pivots through the number one slot between Iggy and Cammalleri (Lombardi, Conroy and sometimes Langkow or even Boyd).
February 27 2009 10:33AM
Is there a bigger misnomer in the league than the Minnesota Wild? I mean, there are some odd, nonsensical team names like the Penguins or Ducks (seriously - what's with naming hockey teams after soft, defenseless birds?) but I think "the Wild" is the only completely ironic one of the bunch.
February 24 2009 10:51AM
The Columbus Franchise did two notable things recently that have turned the team from a weak sister into an up-and-comer: replaced Doug MacLean with Scott Howson and hired Ken Hitchcock.