News and Notes - January 19 2014

Ryan Pike
January 19 2014 02:36PM

As we all decompress from the wild show that was last night's 3-2 shootout loss in Vancouver, and prepare for the Flames to clash with a very impressive San Jose Sharks club, why not take a quick glance at what's going on around these parts.

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Post-Game: The Rumble At Rogers (Arena)

Ryan Pike
January 18 2014 11:43PM

Sometimes a game is just a game. Sometimes it's just three periods of guys fighting over two points in the standings. When one of the teams is as deep down in the standings as the Calgary Flames are, those games sometimes become routine for all involved.

And sometimes, a game kicks off with a freakin' line brawl with five sets of fights on the ice, resulting in eight players getting ejected and all of a sudden, things get pretty damn interesting.

The Flames lost 3-2 in a shootout tonight, in a shockingly competitive game against a team 19 points ahead of them in the standings, the Vancouver Canucks.

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A Knight In Padded Armour - A Look At Abbotsford's Corban Knight

Ryan Pike
January 17 2014 10:04AM


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Folks, please provide a warm welcome to guest contributor Annie Erling Gofus (@AnnieErGo), with this profile on former UND forward and current Calgary Flames prospect Corban Knight.

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If one were to ask the average American grandmother to describe a hockey player she might say, “big, bruised and mean.” While big and bruised might be accurate, Abbotsford Heat centre and Flames prospect Corban Knight takes the thuggish stereotype and turns it on its head. With a strong connection to family, deep roots in Canada and a pure-and-simple love for the game, it’s tough to find a more passionate player and sincerely nice athlete than Knight.

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Top Prospects Game Day: Orr vs. Cherry at the 'Dome

Ryan Pike
January 15 2014 12:18PM

Well, the Calgary Flames are off today, but there's a big game brewing at the Scotiabank Saddledome. It's the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, featuring 40 of the top draft-eligible players playing in either the WHL, OHL or QMJHL. Well, except for Sam Bennett - Central Scouting's new #1 projected pick - as he's out with an injury.

A good many past Flames picks showed their wares at the Top Prospect Game. Amongst them? Sean Monahan, Morgan Klimchuk & Eric Roy (2013), Brett Kulak & Coda Gordon (2012), and Sven Baertschi & Tyler Wotherspoon (2011). Others in the game are former first rounders Leland Irving (2006), Dion Phaneuf (2003), Brent Krahn (2000) and Oleg "Freakin'" Saprykin (1999).

The puck drops at the Saddledome just after 7pm. You can be there live on the cheap, or you can watch on Sportsnet. Either way, tune in! Here's a quick look at who's suiting up. If they're ranked in the Top 30 by International Scouting Service or NHL's Central Scouting, It'll be noted.

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FGD: Grab Your Umbrella

Ryan Pike
January 13 2014 12:20PM

The Calgary Flames (15-24-6) hit the road again for another quick two-game jaunt, this time well out East. Things kick off for them tonight as they attempt not to fall 10 full games under .500 on the season when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes (19-17-9). The puck drops at 5pm MT on Sportsnet West and The Fan 960.

Much like every other NHL team, the Hurricanes have been much better than Calgary over their last 10 games (going 5-3-2), and they sit 11 points up on the Flames having played just as many games. But with the Flames having had a pretty decent showing, all things considered, against Pittsburgh on Saturday night, perhaps the local boys have gotten a bit of a confidence boost. Considering their sub-par road record the past two seasons, the Flames need all the confidence they can get.

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