FGD #42: Home Ice Advantage: The Traveling Jagr Show Arrives

Ryan Pike
January 13 2016 12:00PM


(Sergei Belski - USA Today Sports)

Folks, we keep saying this without really believing it, but here's the thing: tonight could be Jaromir Jagr's last game in the Saddledome.

The Calgary Flames are back below .500 (19-20-2) and face the Florida Panthers, fresh off having their winning streak snapped by Vancouver. (It was in overtime, so they still got a point.) The Flames have lost four straight games to Pacific Division opponents. They need points right now. It's an important game for the Flames to stay in the mix.

But man, it's hard not to focus on how this could be Jagr's last game here. I mean, we say that every year and he's playing quite well this season, so maybe he could play for a few more years.

The puck drops at 7:30pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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Roster News: Hudler Back Wednesday, Bouma Injured Again

Ryan Pike
January 12 2016 01:00PM

After last night's tough 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks the Calgary Flames had some different-looking lines at practice. Head coach Bob Hartley also disclosed some line-up news for tomorrow (which is WEDNESDAY, not Thursday, because Ryan doesn't remember days of the week anymore.)

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Assessing Individual Player Performance at the Halfway Point

Ryan Pike
January 12 2016 10:00AM

We're at the half-way point of the 2015-16 Calgary Flames season and this seems like a perfectly fine time to take a look at the performance of the team's players. And since the NHL already helpfully tabulates goals, assists, points and other wonderful standard statistics, we'll be taking a different slant and assessing the club's performance through a couple advanced statistics methods.

Disclaimer: the majority of this was written prior to Monday's 5-4 loss to San Jose, though that game really didn't do anything to dispute any of the claims made here.

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The CalgaryNEXT Rhetoric War Rages On

Ryan Pike
January 11 2016 06:36PM

National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman was in Calgary today and at the top of his agenda was discussion of the CalgaryNEXT arena/stadium proposal. The lunch hour saw Bettman attend a function hosted by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce where he extolled the virtues of the project and encouraged the city's business leaders to contact their political representatives to get the project moving ahead.

Bettman's stumping for the project didn't fall on deaf ears, as Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi had a pretty memorable response. After the jump is a brief rundown of what was said on both sides.

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FGD #41: Home Ice Advantage: Halfway Home (with the Sharks)

Ryan Pike
January 11 2016 12:00PM

(Sergei Belski / USA Today Sports)

The Calgary Flames hit the half-way point of the 2015-16 season tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome as they host the San Jose Sharks in a crucial divisional match-up.

The Flames (19-19-2) enter the fray two points back of the Vancouver Canucks for the final Pacific playoff spot with two games in hand. The Sharks (19-18-2) are tied with the Flames in points but have played one fewer game, so tonight is one of their three games in hand on Vancouver and they could really use the points, too. Given that neither team has played flawless hockey in the first half of the season and face a second half full of possibilities despite their uneven performances thus far.

All that adds up to a pretty interesting match-up tonight as the Flames play Game 41 and turn the corner towards the second half.

The puck drops after 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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