FGD #78: The Gateway to the Playoffs (6pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
April 02 2015 02:00PM

With just five games remaining in their regular season schedule, the Calgary Flames sit in what's become familiar territory this season: in a playoff spot.

The Flames head to the Gateway to the West, St. Louis, tonight. They have lost their first two games this season against the Blues, but they've also been on a tear of late, winning two of the first three games of this five-game road trip. And after two games against the Blues, particularly a close one that got away from them a bit on St. Patrick's Day (losing 4-0 at home), the Flames will be a motivated bunch tonight.

After all, a win - or even a point - will go a long, long way to cementing their playoff status.

Puck drop is at 6pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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The Flames Keep Pulling Rabbits Out Of Their Hat

Ryan Pike
April 02 2015 01:00PM

Three nights ago in Dallas, the Calgary Flames were wildly out-shot for most of the game. Yet, the Flames found a way to keep the game close, and then found a way to win.

It's another in a series of games where the Flames weren't well-positioned to win, yet pulled a rabbit out of their hat and got some points out of it.

For the curious, here are the games I've identified as instances where the Flames have managed to pull rabbits out when they needed to do so. These aren't including instances where the Flames got offense from odd sources - say hello, Deryk Engelland's pair of goals against Dallas, David Schlemko's shootout heroics and/or Josh Jooris' hat trick - merely games when the team somehow pulled victory from the jaws of defeat.

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The Herald Reveals Many Arena Project Details

Ryan Pike
April 02 2015 11:00AM

For the past several years, details on the potential new building for the Calgary Flames building were as follows: they wanted one because the Saddledome is old.

This morning, the fine folks at the Calgary Herald - notably Jason Markusoff of the city hall beat - worked their magic and basically gave us a very nice dump of info regarding the project, which to this point had more or less been theoretical and confirming many whispers and suspicions surrounding it.

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Hudler Named NHL's Second Star For March

Ryan Pike
April 01 2015 02:30PM

A second Calgary Flames player has been honoured for his performance in the month of March. By no coincidence, it's a player on the same line as the other one.

Jiri Hudler was announced by the league as the NHL's Second Star for the month of March and the only skated among the three stars - Ottawa's Andrew Hammond was first star and Minnesota's Devan Dubnyk was third star.

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Gaudreau Named NHL's Rookie Of The Month

Ryan Pike
April 01 2015 12:13PM

For the second time this season, Calgary Flames freshman Johnny Gaudreau has received monthly honours from the league. The NHL announced today, via press release, that Gaudreau has been named March's NHL Rookie of the Month.

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