The Hitmen Report: Two Outta Three Ain't Bad

Ryan Pike
February 18 2016 02:00PM

The local major-junior hockey team, the Calgary Hitmen, played three games against division opponents this week and hoped to make up some ground in the Central Division race.

Mission accomplished.

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Post-Game: Torched By Torchetti's Team

Ryan Pike
February 17 2016 11:12PM

The Calgary Flames entered tonight's game hoping for points. They left the Saddledome tonight down another defenseman - as Ladislav Smid left in the first period and didn't return - and even further behind the eight-ball than they began the night.

They dropped a 5-3 decision on home ice to John Torchetti's Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night. The Flames had a great night in terms of possession hockey. But while they had the puck a lot, they just couldn't do quite enough with it.

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Breaking down Gary Bettman's Wideman decision

Ryan Pike
February 17 2016 06:30PM

Earlier today, National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman released his verdict in Dennis Wideman's appeal of his 20 game suspension, with Bettman upholding the initial decision by Colin Campbell. (Wideman and the NHLPA will appeal, the final appeal they can make.) Bettman's full appeal decision is 23 pages long.

To save you the trouble of all that reading, we decided to read it for you and break out the relevant passages and arguments.

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Gary Bettman Upholds Dennis Wideman's Suspension

Ryan Pike
February 17 2016 03:32PM

In news that shouldn't be overly surprising or shocking, the National Hockey League has announced that commissioner Gary Bettman has upheld the 20-game suspension to Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman for his contact with linesman Don Henderson on January 27.

Wideman was originally suspended indefinitely by the league's Department of Hockey Operations on January 28, pending a hearing, and suspended 20 games after a hearing conducted by the league's head of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell.

Since the suspension is still longer than the six-game threshold laid out in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Wideman is able (and expected to) appeal the suspension to James Oldham, the neutral dispute arbitrator.

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FGD #56: Home Ice Advantage - The Flames Host Minnesota

Ryan Pike
February 17 2016 12:00PM

(Sergei Belski / USA Today Sports)

After losing a track meet on holiday Monday, the Calgary Flames hope to get back to winning hockey games tonight against the Minnesota Wild - the only National Hockey League club the Flames haven't faced yet this season.

The Flames have been consistently inconsistent this season; playing pretty good offensive hockey but being pretty rough inside their own blueline. They have a decent top six but a pretty shoddy bottom six, which is exactly who teams are making hay against. (Case in point: Anaheim scored many goals against their lesser lights.) Can the Flames take advantage of a team still adjusting to a new coach? We shall see.

The puck drops at 8pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. Yes, the Sportsnet overlords have followed up a 2pm afternoon start with an 8pm start (following a Montreal/Colorado game as part of a double-header).

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