FGD #56: We Need A Name For This Rivalry (8pm MT, CBC)

Ryan Pike
February 14 2015 02:00PM

It seems like almost yesterday that the Flames and Canucks opened up an installment of Hockey Night in Canada with a line brawl. In actuality, it's been slightly over a year. Since then, the Canucks have crashed, burned and recovered, while the Flames continue to chug along and keep pace in the NHL's crazy-good Western Conference.

It just seems like a shame that two teams who have been so historically important to each other don't have a name for their rivalry. I mean, Calgary and Edmonton have the Battle of Alberta, but Calgary and Vancouver? Zilch. And considering that the teams have met so often in the playoffs and tangled en route to Stanley Cup Final appearances, it's a bit disappointing.

This season's latest installment of the No-Name Rivalry is tonight. The Flames (30-22-3) and Canucks (31-20-3) face off tonight, beginning at 8pm MT on CBC and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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Gaudreau: Lady Byng Contender?

Ryan Pike
February 14 2015 10:00AM

Around these parts, the success of the Calgary Flames have led to awards chatter - particularly now that the season is getting down to brass tacks.

We've heard it all. Bob Hartley for Jack Adams! Mark Giordano for the Norris (and/or Hart)! Johnny Gaudreau for the Calder! But amidst all the hustle and bustle, something quiet has happened.

Johnny Gaudreau has become the leading contender, perhaps, for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

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Scoreboard Watching - February 13 2015

Ryan Pike
February 13 2015 03:00PM

The Flames are off tonight after their loss in Los Angeles last evening. As such, their fate is temporarily determined by the teams playing tonight. There are five games on the NHL docket this evening, three of them important for the Western Conference playoff picture.

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The Schedule and the Numbers Game

Ryan Pike
February 13 2015 11:00AM

The Calgary Flames are back at home today after being out in sunny California for a week, going 1-1-0 in a short road trip. Now that the trip is over, it's onto the home stretch of the 2014-15 season.

Here's a brief primer for dates and figures to remember.

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Post-Game: Crowned

Ryan Pike
February 13 2015 01:19AM

We've written a lot on this website this year about the concept of regression. Basically, the idea is this: teams that get more pucks on net tend to score more and tend to win more. So, if your team gets consistently out-shot by the other team and you keep winning, eventually it'll swing the other way if you play enough games.

And if you're the Calgary Flames, one of the NHL's worst possession teams, playing against the Los Angeles Kings, one of the NHL's best possession teams, you'll have games like tonight.

God bless (apparently) flu-ridden, shot-riddled Jonas Hiller, because tonight's game could've been a lot worse than it was. The Flames dropped a 5-3 decision on the road to their divisional rival tonight, in a contest that was as important for L.A.'s relevance as a playoff club as it was for Calgary giving themselves breathing room.

As a result of tonight, the Pacific Division and wild-card races are getting pretty damn interesting.

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