Pre-Season Post-Game: Canucks Torched In Tune-Up

Ryan Pike
September 25 2015 11:18PM

Tonight's game at the Scotiabank Saddledome didn't matter.

It was so inconsequential, so insignificant, that they played a bit of three-on-three overtime for practice anyway. Not to determine the game, mind you, but because it's pre-season and seemingly the NHL wants to emphasize how much the games don't count as meaningful competition.

But despite how much these games don't count in the standings, you can tell the Calgary Flames really love beating the Vancouver Canucks. Dressing a good chunk of their probable opening night roster, the Flames skated to a 4-1 victory tonight to even their pre-season record at 2-2 - for whatever it's worth.

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Flames Camp Roster Down to 49 - 9 Players Cut

Ryan Pike
September 25 2015 03:50PM

As expected, the Calgary Flames have swung the axe as they prepare for tonight's game with the Vancouver Canucks - and the club hitting the half-way mark in their pre-season schedule.

The team announced today the assignments of seven players to the AHL's Stockton Heat: forwards Austin Carroll, Mitchell Heard, Ryan Lomberg, Louick Marcotte and Hunter Smith, blueliner Aaron Johnson, and goalie Kent Simpson. In addition, they've released Douglas Murray from his try-out and assigned Nick Schneider back to the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers.

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Pre-Season FGD: Hosting The Canucks (7pm MT)

Ryan Pike
September 25 2015 01:00PM

Y'know how the second period of a hockey game is often referred to as the "sandwich stanza," because it's the period in-between two other periods? Well, tonight's game is the sandwich game of the annual pre-season three-games-in-three-nights stretch for the Calgary Flames.

In-between last night's trip to Denver and tomorrow's trip to Vancouver, the Flames host the Canucks in a pre-season affair at the Scotiabank Saddledome. After last night's 1-0 squeaker in the Mile High City, the Flames are probably hoping for another strong goaltending performance...and a lot more scoring.

The game goes at 7pm MT live from the 'Dome, and can be seen remotely on Sportsnet One and heard on Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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The 10 Best Flames Forwards Ever - #1 to #5

Ryan Pike
September 25 2015 12:00PM

Back on Wednesday, we trotted out the back half of the Ten Best Forwards in Flames History list. It contained the 10th through 6th-best forwards. Today, we unveil the back half.

Absent from the list? Lanny McDonald. Bless him, he had the best facial hair in sports history - Honus Wagner was close - but the drop-off during his time in Calgary was pretty stark, and if you're judging a person by his body of work you basically have to average him out. And honestly, he just barely missed the cut - he would've been the 11th-best had we done a longer list.

If you didn't check out the first-half of the list, check it out here. The top five are after the jump.

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Handicapping The Race for Blueline Jobs

Ryan Pike
September 25 2015 09:00AM

It's an interesting time to be a blueliner in the Calgary Flames organization.

As expected, it doesn't sound like veteran Ladislav Smid will be cleared for the beginning of the season - as he's reportedly to miss all of the pre-season games. And as of a couple of days ago, T.J. Brodie had a broken bone in his right hand. So the Flames, who looked to be beginning the season with seven veteran defenders, might have as many as two jobs open for applications during training camp.

Let's take a look at the contenders for the open spots.

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