Jiri Hudler "Questionable" Tonight With The Flu

Ryan Pike
November 20 2015 06:39PM

Some last-minute news for everybody prior to the start of tonight's Calgary Flames contest against the Chicago Blackhawks. Via our friends at Sportsnet 960 The Fan, Flames general manager Brad Treliving noted in an interview with Pat Steinberg that forward Jiri Hudler - who's been off the ice for the last couple of days - is "questionable" tonight with what was termed a "bad case of the flu."

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Mason McDonald Was Solid Against Russia (Again)

Ryan Pike
November 20 2015 02:00PM

The sixth and final game between the Canadian Hockey League and the Russian national junior team was last night in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Team QMJHL beat the Russians 6-4, after initially building up a 4-0 lead early in the game and chasing the Russian goalie early-on.

Calgary Flames second round pick Mason McDonald was the QMJHL goalie. How'd he look? Well, he looked much like he did in Hockey Canada's Summer Showcase: he was solid, but I wouldn't say he stole the show.

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FGD #21: Home Ice Advantage - The Flames Face Chicago

Ryan Pike
November 20 2015 12:00PM

(Sergei Belski - USA Today Sports)

After getting back into the win column on Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils, the Calgary Flames are back in action against a familiar foe: the Chicago Blackhawks, who they faced (and lost to) on Sunday.

But the Flames have home ice tonight, and given that they control match-ups and have last change they should have a decent chance to eke out a win should they play a solid 60 minutes of hockey. Granted, that's been a challenge for the Flames this season - off the top of my head, their game against Detroit and Tuesday's game with New Jersey were the closest things to solid full games that I can recall. Someway, somehow, the Flames have won three in a row at home. They're going to need to be sharp tonight to run that "streak" to four.

The game gets going at 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Can The Flames Make A Pitch For Travis Hamonic?

Ryan Pike
November 19 2015 04:00PM

The hockey world began buzzing yesterday, as news broke that New York Islanders defenseman - and Manitoba native - Travis Hamonic requested a trade prior to the season. And due to personal reasons, he'd like to head closer to home in Western Canada.

Right away, Flames fans were salivating at the prospect of their beloved hockey club further adding young talent to their defensive group. But is adding Travis Hamonic a realistic thing to hope for? Let us delve into what the Islanders might want and what the Flames would be willing to give up.

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Flames Prospect NHLE Update - November 19 2015

Ryan Pike
November 19 2015 12:00PM

The Calgary Flames have a good number of prospects that aren't presently playing professional hockey in North America. Following the lead of our friends/enemies over at Canucks Army, we thought it was prudent to provide a statistical update on some of the Flames young prospects.

Included in this update is each player's NHLe, or NHL equivalency, a metric that converts their points-per-game production in their non-NHL league into an estimate of how that player would produce in the NHL (based upon past production from players from that league who've made the jump). Obviously some players drastically under-shoot their NHLe, while guys like Johnny Gaudreau somehow blow it out of the water.

For what it's worth, Gaudreau's NHLe in his final, Hobey Baker-winning college season was 54. Generally-speaking, NHLe figures of 30+ are pretty good; based on the conversion rates from league-to-league, at that point you're getting players that are performing well in their league and out-performing most of their peer group.

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