FGD #31: Flames Try to Shake It Off (5pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
December 12 2014 11:47AM


(Maybe keep your speaker volume down a tad, there's shouting)

Outside of dealing with people scoffing at their early-season, percentage-driven success, the Calgary Flames haven't had to deal with a lot of adversity this season. Sure, they had injuries, but none of the injuries were to an indispensable player like Giordano, Brodie, Hudler, Monahan or Gaudreau. Or a goalie. So it was fine.

Now they've lost three games in a row, and after being high in the hog and feeling bulletproof, the Flames (17-11-2) are perhaps reeling a bit. Tonight, they try not to extend their losing streak any further.

Too bad they're playing the Pittsburgh Penguins (18-6-3) tonight in the Steel City, as the Penguins are a really good team. Who have Sidney Crosby. And that Evgeni Malkin guy. And their secret weapon: Blake Comeau.

Puck drop is at 5pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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Post-Game: Sabres Stifle Flames

Ryan Pike
December 11 2014 11:54PM

It was bound to happen eventually, but the shoe is on the other foot now as the Calgary Flames out-played and out-shot the Buffalo Sabres by a hefty margin, but dropped a 4-3 road loss in upstate New York. As a result, the Flames are on their worst losing string of this season - at three.

Sure puts things in perspective, eh?

Despite putting a tire factory of rubber at Jhonas Enroth this evening, the Sabres netminder kept his team in it. At the other end, pucks just found their way past Karri Ramo via a combination of wonky defense and nice shooting by the Sabres forwards.

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Analytics and The Waiting Game for Bob Hartley

Ryan Pike
December 10 2014 10:52AM

We're roughly a third of the way through the 2014-15 schedule, which means that we're inching closer and closer to the end of Bob Hartley's original deal with the Calgary Flames.

Given his success this season, he's bound to get an extension. Right? I'm still of the mindset that he will get another deal, but I'm wondering what the hold-up is. But I think I've figured it out.

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Post-Game: Back-to-Back Losses

Ryan Pike
December 09 2014 08:57PM

We've got good news and bad news for you, gang.

The Calgary Flames didn't get shut out. Nope, they scored a goal despite being down 2-0 after two periods. Unfortunately, they couldn't continue their miraculous run of comebacks and now have finally lost back-to-back games in regulation. They began their road trip with a 4-1 set-back at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

They now have a 17-10-2 record through 29 games, finally cracking double-digits in regulation losses.

Here's how it happened.

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FGD #29: Journey to the Centre of the Universe! (5:30pm MT; Sportsnet West)

Ryan Pike
December 09 2014 09:39AM

The Calgary Flames hit the road tonight for the first game of a four-game eastern road trip that'll take them through the outhouses and penthouses of the National Hockey League.

First up? Tonight, the Flames (17-9-2) visit the Toronto Maple Leafs (14-9-3) at Air Canada Centre.

The Flames have won seven of their last ten, but had a four-game winning streak snapped on Saturday night against the San Jose Sharks. The Leafs have won three of their last four and five of their last six, finally getting their legs going after a three game losing streak that had everyone and their dog crying about blowing the team up.

The puck drops at 5:30pm MT and the game is on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

For a view from the other side, check out the coverage from our fine eastern colleagues at The Leafs Nation.

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