FGD #37: Home Ice Advantage: Return of the Kings

Ryan Pike
December 31 2015 12:00PM


(Sergei Belski - USA Today Sports)

We're nearly half-way through the 2015-16 season, but the Calgary Flames have yet to play the Los Angeles Kings. But these old friends will renew acquaintances tonight as they polish off each other's respective 2015 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Flames and Kings played a bunch of really important games against each other last season, including Johnny Gaudreau's first career hat trick last December 22 saving Christmas and a playoff-like April 9 game resulting in a 3-1 Flames win and their first playoff berth in eons. The Kings are a much more resilient team this season and sit atop the hapless Pacific Division by virtue of being the only true "good" team in the bunch.

The Kings will be sore about leaving so many points on the table against the Flames last season. The Flames should be sore about not adapting to the Ducks neutral-zone pressure last game and letting points slip away. It should be a good tilt to end the calendar year on.

The puck drops at 7pm MT on Sportsnet 360 (and Sportsnet One) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Post-Game: Live by the Stretch Pass, Die by the Stretch Pass

Ryan Pike
December 29 2015 10:04PM

The Calgary Flames saw their home winning streak come to a crashing halt this evening at the Scotiabank Saddledome, as the Anaheim Ducks clogged up the neutral zone and disrupted the stretch pass - a lot - en route to a 1-0 win.

The Flames never seemed to get out of the starting blocks in this one, and by the time they finally got their legs moving and started generating chances, it was late in the third period and their window of opportunity to tie the game was rapidly closing.

And then that window slammed shut completely, and the Flames were shut out for the second time this season.

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FGD #36: Home Ice Advantage - The Flames Face The Ducks

Ryan Pike
December 29 2015 12:00PM


(Candice Ward / USA Today Sports)

The Calgary Flames set a franchise record on Sunday night, winning their 11th consecutive game on home ice in the form of their 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Hopefully they can refocus in the afterglow of that moment, as now they have a chance to extend that record to a dozen tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Flames enter the evening just a point out of a playoff spot and are part of the gigantic Pacific Division clump of mediocrity. They can try to break themselves out of the pack with a victory over a divisional foe tonight, as well as get some revenge over the Ducks for their last loss in Anaheim in November (and their first round playoff loss in the spring).

The puck drops at 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Post-Game: This One Goes To Eleven

Ryan Pike
December 27 2015 10:10PM

The Calgary Flames battled back from a defensively shaky first period (and a two-goal hole) and carved their names into the franchise record books with a 5-3 victory tonight over the Edmonton Oilers.

The win represents a few big milestones: it's the first win from a home team in the Battle of Alberta this season, it's just the second time the Flames have been above. 500 all season (not the first), and it's their 11th straight home victory, setting a new franchise record.

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Comparing Calgary's 2015 and 2006 Home Win Streaks

Ryan Pike
December 27 2015 03:26PM

Tonight, the Calgary Flames have a chance to set a franchise record with their 11th consecutive home victory. The last time the Flames won 10 straight at home was 2006. With an eye at figuring out just how the Flames are playing so well at home, let's take a look at the numbers and compare some key figures at home and on the road from this year's streak and the 2006 edition.

For the record: statistics are from War On Ice. The 2015 time-frame is home and away games between November 5 and December 22, while 2006 games are from between November 7 and December 12 of that year.

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