March 20 2016 08:25PM
Let's not mince words, friends: the Montreal Canadiens are a injured-ravaged hockey club. They're missing nine or ten regulars, depending on how broadly you want to define them. Long story short: tonight's game between the Calgary Flames and Les Habitants at Bell Centre was a winnable game for the local sports team.
The good news? Despite starting 38-year-old Niklas "Back Storm" Backstrom in net, the Flames handled the Canadiens rather easily, winning 4-1 on the road. There's really no bad news, unless you're a person that thinks the Flames need to finish poorly to guarantee a good draft pick. If you're that type of person, you probably hated this game.
March 20 2016 04:30PM
After a whirlwind weekend of conference playoff tournaments, the NCAA has set its bracket for the 2016 national championship tournament. As has been typical in recent years, there's a lot of Calgary Flames representation in the tournament. More importantly there's a lot of senior representation and 2012 first round selection Mark Jankowski is now into the "lose and then sign with the Flames" portion of his senior season.
March 20 2016 12:00PM
The Calgary Flames are beginning a stretch where they play six of their next seven games, and eight of their final 11 regular season contests, away from home. When you factor in that the Flames have just 10 road wins in 2015-16 - worst in the entire National Hockey League in that regard - it seems like they may get some help on their way to a good draft pick.
That said, the Flames are playing some of their best hockey in a long time and occasionally look formidable. Factor in that they're visiting a city that the club historically does well in, and that the Canadiens lost 5-0 to Ottawa last night and have looked woeful lately, and you may have a recipe for a pretty interesting hockey game this evening between Calgary and Montreal.
The puck drops at 5pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
March 20 2016 08:00AM
It's been 10 games since the Calgary Flames waved the proverbial white flag at the National Hockey League's trade deadline, trading Kris Russell and David Jones (and prior to that Markus Granlund and Jiri Hudler) and loading up on picks and prospects.
Oddly enough, the Flames seem - to the naked eye and in the standings - to be playing better now that the smoke has cleared and the deadline chaos has subsided.
What do the numbers say?
March 19 2016 11:00AM
So the Calgary Flames will not be in the playoffs. It's sad, but it's true. But for you hearty souls that are starved for playoff action, there are several teams with tenuous connections to the Flames that may be headed to the post-season - or have already begun the second season.
Here's a look at the non-Flames Flames squads, most chock-full of prospects, and where they sit in regards to the playoffs.