Post-Game: Flames dampen Carolina's afternoon

Ryan Pike
February 26 2017 04:07PM

(James Guillory / USA Today Sports)

The 2016-17 edition of the Calgary Flames have been incredibly productive on the road. Maybe it's because they're away from distractions. Maybe they feel less pressure. Maybe they feel they have to play a more direct, simple game because they can't control match-ups via last change, but for whatever reason, the Flames have been superb on the road.

The Flames polished off one of their best road trip performances of the season – and one that came at the perfect time for their playoff aspirations – with a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. They captured nine of a possible 10 points on their five game road stretch.

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FGD 63: Storm warning (1pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
February 26 2017 08:00AM

(Adam Hunger / USA Today Sports)

We love HOME games; have Liquor Depot deliver in under an hour. Click, pick, sit back and watch the game.

The Calgary Flames polish off their five-game road trip with a rare matinee game today in scenic Raleigh, North Carolina against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Flames are one of the hottest teams in the entire National Hockey League right now and they chose a wonderful time of year to get their act together. They have 20 games to go and a four point cushion on the Los Angeles Kings, who have a game in hand.

For the Flames to make the playoffs, all they have to do is keep pace with the Kings from here on out. It helps that the Flames have an easier schedule, no back-to-backs left, and play the Kings four times in their last 20 games. They truly are masters of their own destiny, and can nudge slightly closer to the Stanley Cup playoffs with a victory against Carolina.

The puck drops at 1 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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A glance at who's been scouting Flames games recently

Ryan Pike
February 25 2017 02:00PM

Teams send their pro scouts to rinks for any number of reasons. Sometimes it's to advance scout a future opponent. Sometimes it's to get a sense of the upcoming free agent class. This season, it's likely that teams are also trying to get a sense of what the other teams in the league are going to do in terms of protection for the upcoming expansion draft.

That said, particularly in the run-up to the National Hockey League's trade deadline, teams scout games to find out what players may be available and how they might fit in with their groups.

For whatever it's worth, here's what we can suss out from the scouting list over the past 10 Flames home dates. (Disclaimer: Just because a team's on the scouting list doesn't mean they're there [as travel plans often change] and on the same vein, teams may have sent somebody to the game but they weren't on the list.)

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Post-Game: Fancy feast

Ryan Pike
February 24 2017 09:01PM

(Charles LeClaire / USA Today Sports)

Tonight's visit to the Florida Panthers was a game that the Calgary Flames probably would have lost six weeks ago. That's not to say that the Flames weren't playing well six weeks ago, it's just that this game had all the makings of a let-down game: Second game of a back-to-back, nearing the end of a road trip, and the Panthers have been playing really well over the last while.

But the Flames have been playing well and getting the bounces over the past few weeks (which wasn't happening six weeks ago). It happened against tonight in South Florida, with Calgary getting timely goals, good goaltending and good enough defense en route to a 4-2 victory over the Panthers.

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The 2017 Playoff Chase: Resurgence

Ryan Pike
February 24 2017 02:00PM

Welcome to the seventh week of our Western Conference playoff race coverage. A week ago, the Calgary Flames were very much on the outside looking in (and hoping that they got some help). Well, they did pretty well this week in their own games and got some help from basically everyone that played the Los Angeles Kings.

Let's check out the race as we begin the weekend!

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