October 20 2014 02:40PM
Over the past decade, it's often been tough to be a Calgary Flames supporter.
The 2004 Stanley Cup Final appearance may have indicate to team ownership and management that the team was better than it was. As it stands, Darryl Sutter's post-lockout chasing of a Stanley Cup stands as an example of almost Shakespearean tragedy - despite the good intentions, there wasn't a strong plan in place, and the fact that the team found it so hard to sign and retain key players from the outside of the organization speaks to a league-wide perception that the group was tilting at windmills.
In a sense, that's why the T.J. Brodie signing is such a nice sign for the organization.
October 18 2014 12:44AM
A lot of the talk prior to tonight's game revolved around a 60-minute effort. The Flames had a 60-minute game in Nashville and, combined with some great goaltending, the club won 3-2. They didn't have a 60-minute game against Chicago and somehow won the game based on miracles, witchcraft and Jonas Hiller being crazy-good.
Tonight the Flames' effort was closer to the Chicago game than the Nashville game. Travel, flu and four games in six nights will do that, but the team will really be kicking themselves for letting Columbus run the show for 40 minutes, as it left them scrambling in the third and their comeback fell short. The Flames lost 3-2 at Nationwide Arena.
Here's how it happened.
October 17 2014 01:00PM
After an improbable road trip that's already seen them break even points-wise, the Calgary Flames head into the great state of Ohio - now again home of Lebron James - for the fifth game of their six-game trip, this time against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus is the home of the cool cannon, the former home of an excellent mascot named Boomer (a civil war cannon with a jaunty mustache), and a pretty good hockey club that's really progressed over the past few years. Heck, they made the playoffs last year and nearly upset the Penguins.
The game should be the first career NHL game for Josh Jooris and the latest edition of the "Can you top that?" series between Flames netminders Karri Ramo and Jonas Hiller.
Can the Flames continue their winning ways? I would've say "no" flatly a week ago, but I'm gonna shrug and say "Maybe" now. The game goes early tonight - 5pm MT - and you can catch it on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
October 16 2014 12:30PM
Missing a few bodies already and facing two more games on their road trip, the Calgary Flames called the farm team and called up the most logical candidate.
Scorch! No, not Scorch...
The Flames recalled training camp stand-out Josh Jooris this morning from the AHL's Adirondack Flames. David Jones has been placed on the injured reserve (retroactive to October 9) to make room, and is eligible to be activated whenever. Coincidentally, Jooris doesn't require waivers, so the Flames retain a lot of roster flexibility.
October 16 2014 02:34AM
Well, this is embarrassing.
When I wrote the preview for tonight's game this morning, I didn't give the Calgary Flames much of a chance. Neither did the odds-makers or really anybody else in the hockey world. I mean, the Flames were in the back-end of a back to back, in the midst of both a flu bug and a six-game road trip, and were going to be without three regulars (David Jones, Deryk Engelland and Lance Bouma) due to injury. How could they beat a healthy and rested powerhouse Chicago Blackhawks club?
Jonas Hiller, that's how. In a response to Karri Ramo's excellent game 24 hours previous, the Swiss product went into Chicago and, much like Chicago was stymied by Reto Berra last November, Hiller utterly baffled the Blackhawks and Calgary won 2-1 in overtime.