The Road Map

Ryan Pike
March 11 2015 09:25AM

The Calgary Flames enter tonight's action in a playoff spot.

They presently have 77 points. To stay in a playoff spot at the end of the regular season, the common thought is that they'll need about 95 points. That will require them to get 18 points, or 9 wins, from their remaining 16 games.

Here's a brief look at what they're up against.

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A Brief Look At Waivers

Ryan Pike
March 10 2015 01:30PM

The waiver wire is something that's both simple and oddly complicated to understand.

The gist of the waiver wire is this: after a certain number of years (or games), every played has to be offered up to every other team before being put in the AHL. It prevents NHL teams from stockpiling. But it can also cause some odd transactional wrinkles, as evidenced this season when Drew Shore became waiver eligible mid-season due to playing 70 NHL games.

For the curious, here's a brief waiver wire primer.

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Jiri Hudler Named NHL's First Star Of Week

Ryan Pike
March 09 2015 11:30AM

In the afterglow of the Calgary Flames completing a 4-2-1 record on their epic seven-game road trip, there's a bit more good news.

Jiri Hudler was named the NHL's First Star of the Week for his work over the past seven days.

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Let's Talk About Comebacks

Ryan Pike
March 09 2015 11:00AM

The Calgary Flames are not the National Hockey League's greatest team. They often get out-shot. They usually get out-chanced. But despite all these faults, the Calgary Flames have consistently found their way back into games, and that's been the big difference-maker for them this season.

It's gotten to the point where we all expect comebacks. (The following tweet was when they were down 2-0 in Detroit this week.)

Last night, the Calgary Flames busted out perhaps their most impressive comeback. Down four goals, on the road, on the final night of the season's longest road trip, the Flames forced extra time and left our nation's capital with a point.

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Post-Game: That Just Happened (or Capital Gains)

Ryan Pike
March 08 2015 08:22PM

This was a weird game.

The Flames through the first 40 minutes looked like a team that had already lost the game. They missed passes. They couldn't bury chances. They looked like a team that had their minds on sleeping in their own beds tonight for the first time in two weeks.

And then the third period happened and everything went out the window.

After trailing 4-0 through the first two periods, the Calgary Flames roared back and salvaged a point from one of their most uneven games of the season by way of a 5-4 shootout loss tonight in Ottawa.

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