The Halfway Home Roundtable

Ryan Pike
January 08 2017 12:00PM

The Calgary Flames have completed 41 games of their 2016-17 regular season. (Well, 42, but these questions were answered when it was at 41.) Keeping with tradition, we have convened the illustrious FlamesNation roundtable to grouse about their results thus far and prognosticate how the remainder of the season shall go.

Participating this round are every managing editor we've ever had (Kent Wilson, Ari Yanover and myself), along with good content boy Mike Fail and prospect pundit Christian Tiberi.

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Post-Game: Survival of the fittest

Ryan Pike
January 07 2017 11:24PM

A day after losing a close, crucial game to their most hated rival, the Calgary Flames were back at it tonight against the Vancouver Canucks. The Flames scored a pair of goals in the first period and then largely held on for dear life, surviving a turbulent second period that saw them play rather poorly. Despite those stumbles, Calgary soldiered on for a 3-1 victory against Vancouver.

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FGD 42: Home sweet home (and home) (8pm MT, CBC)

Ryan Pike
January 07 2017 12:01PM

The Calgary Flames headed to Vancouver last night to play one of their most important games of the season against the Canucks. They out-shot Vancouver in each period. They out-chanced Vancouver. They out-everythinged Vancouver, frankly. But they lost 4-2 due to bounces and some heroic goaltending from Ryan Miller.

The Flames get a second chance to beat Vancouver tonight at the Saddledome. Much like yesterday's contest, the game has tremendous importance due to its playoff implications. Both teams want to hang around the playoff pack as long as possible, ideally in a playoff spot. A win tonight (for either side) will help them do just that.

The puck drops at 8 p.m. MT on CBC and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

Check out a view from the other side from Canucks Army!

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Post-Game: Sometimes you lose

Ryan Pike
January 06 2017 11:31PM

(Anne-Marie Sorvin / USA Today Sports)

A National Hockey League season is long. The games are full of small places and wonky bounces. Sometimes a team plays really well but doesn't get rewarded, often due to a really good goaltending performance. Yes, folks, sometimes you lose.

The Calgary Flames lost 4-2 tonight to the Vancouver Canucks. Don't let the score fool you: they were by far the better team. But Ryan Miller was superb and that, along with a pair of disallowed shorthanded goals and some bad breaks, was the difference.

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The Flames missed a window, but should still sign Tyler Parsons

Ryan Pike
January 06 2017 02:00PM

The 2017 World Junior Championships are now complete after a whirlwind two weeks of high-end hockey. Much of the positive chatter following the event has centered on the performance of Calgary Flames prospect Tyler Parsons, a second round selection of the club in the 2016 NHL Draft and hotshot goalie of Team USA on their gold medal march.

The Flames have yet to ink Parsons to an entry-level contract. They've likely missed an important window to do, but there is still a lot of value to getting a deal done.

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