November 22 2014 11:32PM
With three minutes left, everyone had an idea where the game was going. The Flames were down by a pair. The Devils were using their structured neutral zone play to negate Flames rushes.
The second straight regulation loss was looming.
But much like the logical devil on your shoulder has a counterpart, the Calgary Flames have built into their followers the belief that their club can battle back from any obstacle.
Down two goals with less than three minutes left? They pulled the goalie and scored twice, then won in a shootout against the New Jersey Devils. The final score was 5-4.
Consult your cardiologist at your discretion.
November 22 2014 12:32AM
Some quick and dirty updates on a very busy Friday night in the hockey world!
November 21 2014 11:28AM
It's an off-day for your Calgary Flames (12-7-2) after a pretty entertaining but ultimately disappointing loss against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Saddledome.
With a slight lull as the team prepares for the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night, let's check in with the kids in the system, shall we?
November 20 2014 01:05PM
After facing - and ultimately passing - a big test against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night, the Calgary Flames hit the ice for the fourth game of their five game homestand when they host the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Flames are somehow 12-6-2 and sit 7th overall in the entire National Hockey League after the first quarter of the season. (I swear, I'll eventually preview games without writing "somehow" before the Flames record.) The Blackhawks are the Blackhawks - they're a strong, deep team who have some sure-fire NHL stars and some sure-fire NHL firepower. They sit 10-7-1, and are sub-.500 on the road so far this season.
The puck drops at 7pm MT and this clash of titans airs on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
November 19 2014 01:21PM
The Calgary Flames have been ravaged by injuries this season. Both fortunately and unfortunately, depending on your perspective, the injuries have largely been concentrated to the forward ranks and to the centre position in particular.
As a result, the Flames have used seven different regular centres, as well as an eighth (Paul Byron) who's dabbled everywhere and isn't included because he was only really a center for a couple games. Given the importance of centres to the defensive game, arguably the centre's WOWY differentials (their teammates CorsiFor% with and without that player) are more important to the team's success in a two-way game than any other forward.
Here's a brief look at Calgary's seven pivots. (The cut-off for comparisons is 50 even-strength minutes together and given Max Reinhart hasn't played 50 minutes period, he's also not included. Sorry, Max.)