October 10 2014 12:21PM
After all the daring and excitement of the first two days of the NHL season - featuring two Calgary Flames contests - lost in the shuffle is the debut of the AHL's Adirondack Flames this evening.
And that's a shame, because in addition to having a truly amazing mascot, the Baby Flames are also pretty stacked and have a coach with a strong track record as a winner. Expectations are fairly high in Glens Falls this season.
And I don't care what anybody else says - I think the mascot is goofy fun, aside from its wacky back-story.
October 09 2014 11:15PM
The Battle of Alberta isn't quite what it used to be. Tonight's clash between last year's 27th and 28th ranked teams in the National Hockey League might as well have derisively been called the "Battle of LOL-Berta." Well, it may have been ugly at times, and the Flames were on their heels for the first 40 minutes (or so), but they managed to persevere and grinded out a 5-2 victory in Rexall Place over the hometown Edmonton Oilers by the sheer greatness of Karri Ramo.
It was the 108th time the Flames have beaten the Oilers in the regular season, and after the missed opportunities last evening at home, the Flames are likely very happy to leave Edmonton with some points.
October 09 2014 12:00PM
Last night, the Calgary Flames had their home opener spoiled at the Scotiabank Saddledome via a 4-2 loss at the hands of the hated Vancouver Canucks. Now, 23 1/2 hours later, the Flames have a chance to make themselves feel better by ruining another club's home opening.
Well, not just any other club. This time they're facing the team they like beating more than any other team they've ever faced.
Tonight's the first installment of the Battle of Alberta in 2014-15. The Flames technically won the season series in 2013-14, with a 3-2-0 record, but two of the Oilers losses were in overtime, so both teams earned 6 points from their five meetings. But no game was sweeter than the last game between these two clubs - on March 22 - as the Flames kept beating the Oilers until it was 8-1. Curtis Glencross had a hat trick. Matt Stajan scored on a penalty shot. Somebody threw a jersey onto the ice. Taylor Hall accidentally squirted his coach with a water bottle in frustration.
Tonight is Calgary's return to Shelbyville after delivering that shellacking to the boys in orange and blue. Can they deliver another one tonight and gain some sore-needed points before they head out on a road sojourn I have dubbed The Widowmaker? The puck drops after 7:30pm MT, and you can catch the call on Sportsnet 960 The Fan or on the TV box via Sportsnet 360.
For a view from the other side, check out the OilersNation preview, too.
October 09 2014 01:57AM
Ladies and gentlemen, game #1 is in the books. Here is a handy summary of scoring chances and zone entries for the Calgary Flames 4-2 loss against the Vancouver Canucks.
October 08 2014 11:31AM
The prognostications have been made, rosters have been set and the fantasy line-ups have been fretted over. Now, it's time to play some darn hockey.
The 2014-15 National Hockey League season officially kicks off today, with four games, including the first of 82 regular season games for the Calgary Flames as they host the Vancouver Canucks in their home-opener.
You can catch the game at 8pm MT via radio on Sportsnet 960 The Fan and it's a national telecast as the back-half of a doubleheader on Sportsnet West (and all regional Sportsnet channels) following the Toronto/Montreal game at 5pm MT.