Taking Stock of Calgary's Draft Picks And Prospect Depth

Ryan Pike
December 14 2015 10:00AM

The Calgary Flames are (shockingly) within spitting distance of a playoff spot, but considering that we're just a few months shy away from the 2016 NHL Draft, let's focus on the future a little bit.

While a bunch of outlets have been chugging along and churning out draft rankings, it's probably about time to take stock of the picks the Flames have and the holes they have in their organization looking forward.

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Selected Quotes from the Homestand

Ryan Pike
December 13 2015 02:00PM

When accumulating quotes for other pieces at the Saddledome, you happen to grab more audio than you need. In the interest of providing some context to the craziness of the last five-game homestand - which somehow saw the Flames run the table and go 5-0-0 - here is a selection of quotes from the past week or so that I couldn't turn into full-fledged articles, but still find pretty interesting.

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Post-Game: Working Overtime

Ryan Pike
December 12 2015 11:24PM

The Calgary Flames hate regulation wins. They absolutely loathe them. So much so tonight that they seemingly frittered away their 4-1 third period lead just to get to the sweet, sweet excitement of 3-on-3 overtime.

Regardless of why they did it, the Flames were guilty of letting the New York Rangers back into the game, but they were also just good enough to win, as T.J. Brodie's goal cemented a 5-4 overtime win for the locals and their fifth straight victory of the season. It was a game that was borderline-unwatchable for a good chunk of the second period, but good pretty interesting by the very end.

And by "interesting," I mean that the Flames let their prejudice against regulation wins completely crater their defensive-zone play and allowed the Rangers to make the game pretty interesting in the dying minutes.

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Let's Talk About The Penalty Kill

Ryan Pike
December 12 2015 03:00PM

We're a third of the way through the 2015-16 season for the Calgary Flames, and I think one thing is abundantly clear: the team's penalty killing is truly awful. The larger question is "why?"

Well, to be blunt, it's bad enough that we can localize all types of reasons why the penalty killing is so bad. Let's run through them, shall we?

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FGD #29: Home Ice Advantage: Flames Host The Rangers

Ryan Pike
December 12 2015 12:00PM

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A team that's battling the flu (yet somehow is on a winning streak) hosts a team that gave up seven goals to the Edmonton Oilers last night. The Calgary Flames (12-14-2) have someway, somehow managed to claw back to the brink of the .500 mark. They face the New York Rangers, fresh off a 7-5 loss to the Oilers last night in a game that had very little "defensive" hockey in it.

Can the Flames run the table on their current five-game homestand? Can they kick off their new seven-game segment with a victory? And can they take advantage of yet another reeling hockey club on their way kicking and screaming back to the .500 mark?

Find out tonight! The puck drops at 8pm MT on CBC and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. For the curious, Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson have the TV call.

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