FGD #9: Barclays Debut In Brooklyn (5pm MT, SNW)

Ryan Pike
October 26 2015 12:00PM

After last night's 4-1 loss in Manhattan to the New York Rangers, the Calgary Flames remain in the Empire State - and in New York City - as they cross the East River for their second game in as many nights. This time, the Flames (2-6-0) face off against another tough opponent in the form of the New York Islanders (5-2-1) in their first meeting at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

With just four of a possible 16 points through the first eight games of their season, the Flames absolutely, positively need some points. And if they can't get points, they absolutely need to have a solid 60 minutes of hockey that they can use as a base to build upon growing forward.

The action gets going just after 5pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Post-Game: Underwhelming

Ryan Pike
October 25 2015 08:13PM

The Calgary Flames hit the road tonight in the first game of their three-game road trip, facing off against the New York Rangers.

After an early first period goal, the Flames did their best to keep pace with the Rangers. Unfortunately, a series of second period chances resulted in zero goals and the Rangers soon kicked it into gear. The Flames couldn't come close to matching their hosts, and they ended up losing 4-1 to the Rangers.

For those hoping for a consistent 60 minute effort from the Flames, the result was a tad underwhelming.

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Flames Need To Be Road Warriors To Return To The Playoffs

Ryan Pike
October 25 2015 09:30AM

Winning hockey games on the road is tough. Your players aren't familiar with the boards and their bounces. They aren't familiar with the quality of the ice surface, so they don't know if there are any rough spots or weird quirks. Playing on the road throws them out of their well-honed routines. And that also ignores the bigger tactical issues of playing away from home: the other side gets to dictate match-ups, potentially negating the strengths of your team's best players.

So it's probably not shocking to learn that the teams that do well on the road, particularly on long stretches away from home, are most often the teams that make the post-season. In the case of the Calgary Flames, looking at the past three seasons under head coach Bob Hartley, you can somewhat trace the team's progression from veteran-filled also-ran to aspiring playoff team based on how they did on road trips (of three games or longer).

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Flames May Face Cap Crunch (If They Ever Get Healthy)

Ryan Pike
October 24 2015 06:30PM

The Calgary Flames made a roster move today, likely due to some questions surrounding the availability of winger Micheal Ferland on their impending three-game road trip. The recall of Derek Grant has clarified a few things both in Calgary and Stockton, but it might have also signaled some potential cap troubles down the road for the NHL club.

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Post-Game: That's More Like It

Ryan Pike
October 23 2015 10:31PM

The Calgary Flames trailed tonight after 20 minutes. They were utterly owned in the opening frame by the Detroit Red Wings' power-play.

And then last year's Calgary Flames showed up in the second period, and they took the game over. What 40 minutes of strong play resulted in was a game that was, at times, wildly exciting, culminating in a 3-2 overtime victory for the Flames, their second such win of the campaign.

The Flames doubled their win total on the year, but they also seemed to find their missing swagger.

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