FGD #64: Back-to-Back Begins In Beantown

Ryan Pike
March 05 2015 02:00PM

The Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins are close to mirror images of each other this season. Both play aggressive puck pursuit games. Both are reliant on strong blueliners for their success.

However, the Bruins have recently won a Stanley Cup and are basically still trying to strive to stay strong under the salary cap. Calgary? They're the NHL's overachievers and while the salary cap is the main obstacle to the Bruins returning to the post-season, it's their over-reliance on Mark Giordano (and his ensuing injury) that define's Calgary's struggles down the stretch drive.

Calgary faces Boston tonight in the first game of a back-to-back. Both teams are fighting for their playoff lives. They were in this exact situation when they met in Calgary last month and the Flames won via miraculous third-period comeback. I don't think they can do that again, so hopefully they have a much better game-plan.

The puck drops at 5pm MT and you can catch the game at Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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Arena Plan Announcement Within Weeks, Says King

Ryan Pike
March 05 2015 12:47PM

In the latest development in a story that keeps dragging on without actually developing, Calgary Flames CEO Ken King stated today that the new arena project would be announced within the next few weeks.

King shared the news in a morning appearance on KISS 95.9 this morning.

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Are Mark Giordano's Norris Trophy Dreams Over?

Ryan Pike
March 04 2015 12:00PM

A week ago in Newark, Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano went down with a bicep injury in the waning moments of Calgary's 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

We now know that Giordano will undergo surgery and is done for the season. At the time of the injury, Giordano was one of the NHL's leading scorers among defensemen and considered one of the leading candidates for the Norris Trophy - awarded to the league's best defender.

But now that he's going to miss the final 21 games of the season, does he have a shot at winning it?

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Post-Game: Hanging On

Ryan Pike
March 04 2015 01:39AM

The Calgary Flames officially began the post-Giordano portion of their season this evening in the City of Brotherly Love. Against all odds, they began it with a win, evening their record on their epic road trip of epicness at 2-2-0 by way of a 3-2 overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers. After getting an early lead, the Calgary Flames were able to hold on.

Here's how it went down.

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FGD #63: Welcome to Wherever You Are (5pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
March 03 2015 01:00PM

The Brier road trip has not been nice to the Calgary Flames. So far, they've lost two games and their captain. Their seven-game trek continues tonight in Philadelphia when they visit the Flyers.

The Flames weren't very good against the Rangers, but they were better against a bad Devils team and a pretty good Islanders team. Hopefully that upward trend continues, because there are points on the table here against a Flyers team that has struggled with inconsistency this season. Giordano or no Giordano, they still have a (small) chance of making the playoffs.

Puck drop is at 5pm MT and the game's on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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