FGD 41: There's no place like home (and home) (8pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
January 06 2017 12:00PM


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We love HOME games; have Liquor Depot delivery in under an hour. Click, pick, sit back and watch the game.

Tonight and tomorrow, in Calgary and Vancouver, we're going to witness a pair of games between the Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks. When the season began, it didn't seem like these games would be all that important; the Canucks fell off a cliff after a hot start and the Flames quite honestly looked listless and lost. But here were are at the midway point of the season, and this home and home series has incredibly high stakes for both clubs.

Playoff implications will be the talk of these two games. Vancouver can crawl out of the muck and into the playoff pack with a pair of wins. On the other hand, the Flames can functionally punt the Canucks back down the ladder and into said muck with a pair of wins of their own. As previously stated: these are high stakes games between a pair of clubs that nobody expected to be playing high stakes games given how the first few weeks of the season unfolded.

The puck drops at 8 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

Check out a view from the other side from Canucks Army!

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The Flames have some cap flexibility, but many gaps to fill

Ryan Pike
January 05 2017 12:00PM

We're roughly halfway through the 2016-17 National Hockey League season. Given that players on one-year deals can now be officially re-signed by NHL clubs - meaning that tinkering for the impending expansion draft can begin in earnest - it's probably a good time to take a look at where the Calgary Flames sit in regards to the salary cap.

To make a long story short: they have a ton of flexibility due to the big-money deals coming off the books, but they also have a lot of work to do and some decisions to make.

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Post-Game: An avalanche of goals

Ryan Pike
January 04 2017 11:25PM

This year's edition of the Colorado Avalanche are not a great hockey club. They're near the bottom of the rankings in most major statistical categories. They're often out-shot. They give up good chances. They take a lot of penalties.

The Calgary Flames didn't play a perfect game by any stretch of the imagination. But they took advantage of all the favours the Avalanche did for them – whether it be giveaways, silly penalties or just playing a generally sloppy game – en route to a 4-1 victory at the Saddledome.

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FGD 40: Jarome Iginla visits (and Colorado, too) (8pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
January 04 2017 12:00PM

The Calgary Flames approach the halfway point of their schedule this week and they inch closer to it tonight when they host the Colorado Avalanche. Best known as the team that Jarome Iginla is currently playing on – and one of the dirt-worst outfits in the National Hockey League – Colorado comes to town for the first of two visits this season.

The action kicks off at 8 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan! It's a late game of a doubleheader on Sportsnet.

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The Flames should claim Ty Rattie off waivers

Ryan Pike
January 03 2017 02:00PM

The Calgary Flames have 22 healthy bodies on their roster right now, following the injury to winger Troy Brouwer last week. They've shown a reluctance to recall a player from the American Hockey League's Stockton Heat, likely in part because the Heat are doing so well that it would be a shame to pluck a youngster from that environment.

However, it seems that the waiver wire could be a fantastic place for the Flames to obtain some short-term depth. The St. Louis Blues have placed forward Ty Rattie on waivers and the Flames would be very wise to put in a claim.

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