November 24 2015 12:00PM
After winning both games on their short two-game homestand, the Calgary Flames have quietly put together a respectable month of November. After going 3-8-1 in October, the Flames have gone 5-4-0 in November. It's hardly world-beating, but they're clawing back towards respectability.
This upcoming road trip is potentially big for the Flames; they have three games this week against Pacific Division opponents, beginning with the Anaheim Ducks. Much has been made about how awful the Pacific teams have been this year, to the point where the Flames hit the road just five points back of Vancouver for the final Pacific playoff spot. Hopefully the Flames have worked the kinks out of their game, because they could get themselves back into the playoff picture with good performances against Anaheim, Arizona and San Jose this week.
Who'd have thought that a few weeks ago?
The puck drops tonight at 8pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
November 24 2015 09:30AM
The Calgary Flames return to Anaheim's Honda Center tonight for their first of three visits to Orange County this season. The Flames have lost their last 20 regular season dates in that building, dating back to the spring of 2004.
Here's a quick and dirty trip down memory lane at 11 years and 20 games worth of futility.
November 23 2015 03:00PM
We're through the first 21 games of the 2015-16 Calgary Flames season and the results have been mixed. After playing terrible ice hockey for their first 10-ish games, the Flames have been playing much better of late and began the second quarter of their season with an emphatic victory over the defending Stanley Cup Champions on Friday night.
To commemorate the first 25% of the schedule with their thoughts - and so we can re-use my favourite image on the site - please welcome Ari, Kent, myself, Byron, Mike, Taylor, Beloch and Christian for the latest edition of the FlamesNation roundtable!
November 21 2015 04:15PM
Karri Ramo played his 10th consecutive game last night, which represented a couple milestones.
First of all, it's the most starts he's had consecutively in his National Hockey League career. That in itself is ironic considering that a month ago, Ramo went through waivers and was assigned to the American Hockey League. Much like the proverbial last slice of pizza, Ramo wasn't considered good enough for anybody to want him (even without giving up an asset to get him) and, thus, was thrown into the scrap heap.
And last night, he beat the Stanley Cup champions and became waiver eligible again in one fell swoop. Given how his season began, both are pretty impressive accomplishments.
November 21 2015 12:00PM
In Friday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Calgary Flames saw defenseman Kris Russell leave the game with an upper-body injury. The game's telecast suggested that Russell hurt his right hand blocking a shot from Blackhawks forward Ryan Garbutt mid-way through the first period.
Anyway, this was the most reliable word we had on the injury last night.
Still no indication from Flames on Kris Russell's hand. X-rays tomorrow.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) November 21, 2015
In the event Kris Russell is sidelined for a bit, with the Flames headed to California on Tuesday to begin a three-game trip through Anaheim, Arizona and San Jose, it's likely they'll need to recall a player rather than ride with six healthy defenders.
So who would they recall from the AHL's Stockton Heat?