FGD #60: Home Ice Advantage - The Flames vs. The Islanders

Ryan Pike
February 25 2016 12:00PM

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The Calgary Flames hit a rather rough milestone on Tuesday night in Los Angeles: they had their 30th regulation loss of the season. The club hasn't lost more than 30 games in regulation and made the playoffs since 1995-96, when they made the post-season despite being a sub-.500 team.

Needless to say: they really cannot afford to lose many more games if they hope to cling onto whatever hope they have left of the post-season. Then again, they begin Thursday a hop, a skip and 13 points out of a playoff spot with 23 games to go, so whatever hope they have is fading fast. They have to steal points wherever they can, starting with tonight's game with the visiting (Brooklyn,) New York Islanders.

The puck drop is at 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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The Nightmare Scenario: What if they trade Mikael Backlund?

Ryan Pike
February 25 2016 10:00AM

We're in the run-up to what's affectionately known as the "silly season" in hockey circles: the annual trade deadline. There has been a lot of attention paid to the Calgary Flames and their impending unrestricted free agents as far as potential trades are concerned. But there's one scenario that I've had in the back of my mind, gnawing away at me.

I'm concerned that the Flames may trade Mikael Backlund before the trade deadline.

Here's why I think it could happen.

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Calgary Flames Trade Deadline 2016: The last trade the Flames made with every team

Ryan Pike
February 25 2016 08:00AM

The National Hockey League's annual trade deadline is on Monday, February 29 at noon MT. Until that point, we can expect a flurry of moves as general managers wheel and deal in an effort to improve their teams, or to salvage a bad season by selling off players for future assets.

In an interest to (hopefully) provide some insight into what the Calgary Flames may do, here's a brief rundown of the last trade the Flames made with each of the other 29 NHL teams. Included are the assets that went in both directions, as well as whichever person was general manager for each team at the time.

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Post-Game: Bowing to the Ruling Class

Ryan Pike
February 23 2016 11:47PM

The Calgary Flames lost to the Los Angeles Kings tonight by a 2-1 score at Staples Center.

To be blunt, they were out-played by a deeper, better, more-structured team. They were held in the game by Joni Ortio, who made 35 saves and was far and away the team's best player.

Everybody else? They were so-so.

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Making sense of the Granlund for Shinkaruk swap

Ryan Pike
February 23 2016 04:00PM

For the second time in as many years, the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks have made a trade. The Flames sent 2011 second round pick Markus Granlund to Vancouver for 2013 first round pick Hunter Shinkaruk.

The initial online reaction I've seen has been "LOL Canucks," but that was followed by "Why would they made that trade?", referring to both sides. Here's a quick glance at why each side would want to make the swap.

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