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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Micheal Ferland Leaves Tonight's Game With Injury

Ryan Pike
October 23 2015 08:55PM

The Calgary Flames have gradually gotten healthier of late, with Joe Colborne and Ladislav Smid returning from time on the injured reserve in the past couple of games. Unfortunately, it seems like they may have another player replacing them on the shelf.

Micheal Ferland left tonight's game with the Detroit Red Wings early in the second period with a lower-body injury.

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FGD #7: Home Ice Advantage - Flames Host The Red Wings

Ryan Pike
October 23 2015 12:00PM

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The Calgary Flames have had a couple days of introspection after getting stomped by the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. Now, after finally ending the three-goalie experiment and shuffling around their line-up, the bring their 1-5-0 record back into action against the Detroit Red Wings (3-3-0), hoping to finally get a win at home.

At this point, they'd probably just settle for a consistent 60 minute effort. The puck drops tonight at 7pm MT on Sportsnet One (I believe with the regional crew of Ball and Hrudey) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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