January 15 2015 10:12PM
After four days off, the Calgary Flames began a crucial four-game road trip through the heart of the Pacific Division tonight with a 4-1 win in Glendale against the Arizona Coyotes (of Arizona).
The game was rather even for the first forty minutes or so, but the Flames played a patient game and took advantage of Arizona's mistakes and ultimately came away with a decisive victory. The Flames captured their 23rd victory of the season, off a
three two-point effort from their #23, Sean Monahan. (Joni Ortio made 27 saves for his second win in as many starts this season.)
Here's how it went down in the desert tonight.
January 15 2015 12:15PM
After four days off - well, one day off and three days of practice - the Calgary Flames are back in action in a stop/start month of January. They've hit the road for a four-game sojourn into the belly of the beast: the Pacific Division. These next four games will determine whether the team sticks with the playoff pack or falls back.
Tonight's test pits the Flames (22-18-3, 47 points) against Glendale's favourite hockey club, the Arizona Coyotes (16-22-4, 36 points). Much like the visitors tonight, the Coyotes have been characterized as a team of fits and starts. They've gone on decent runs, but they've also slid back into bad habits every now and then, and their goaltending hasn't done them any favours.
This is the fourth of five meetings between the Flames and Coyotes. The Flames have won the prior three: 5-3, 3-0 and 5-2. The puck drops for round four at 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
January 14 2015 09:00AM
As we roll towards the next Flames contest, let us continue with our tour through the team's prospects. Since yesterday featured a look at the forwards, now we look at the defensemen and goaltenders.
As with yesterday's look, we're excluding a few guys - players on AHL deals and Corey Potter, who is 31 and not quite a "prospect" in the organization. Brad Thiessen is included, as I think he may be in the team's future plans for reasons we'll get into later.
January 13 2015 09:00AM
It's another practice day for your local sports team, so let's take this brief recess to talk about prospects. Calgary has a lot of prospects, so I decided to split up this check-in into two parts: forwards today, and defensemen and goalies tomorrow.
I excluded Marcus Granlund - since he's spent so much time in the NHL and outside of his face-offs, I'd wager they see him as an NHLer at this point - and anybody on an AHL contract. Also, since Devin Setoguchi and Brian McGrattan aren't prospects, they are also not included.
January 12 2015 09:13AM
It's a practice day for your Calgary Flames as they prepare themselves for the remaining four games of their current "road trip" - a big one including stops in Glendale, San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim - so let's take some time to poke around the various happenings regarding the local hockey club.