Pre-Season FGD: Hosting The Canucks (7pm MT)

Ryan Pike
September 25 2015 01:00PM

Y'know how the second period of a hockey game is often referred to as the "sandwich stanza," because it's the period in-between two other periods? Well, tonight's game is the sandwich game of the annual pre-season three-games-in-three-nights stretch for the Calgary Flames.

In-between last night's trip to Denver and tomorrow's trip to Vancouver, the Flames host the Canucks in a pre-season affair at the Scotiabank Saddledome. After last night's 1-0 squeaker in the Mile High City, the Flames are probably hoping for another strong goaltending performance...and a lot more scoring.

The game goes at 7pm MT live from the 'Dome, and can be seen remotely on Sportsnet One and heard on Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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The 10 Best Flames Forwards Ever - #1 to #5

Ryan Pike
September 25 2015 12:00PM

Back on Wednesday, we trotted out the back half of the Ten Best Forwards in Flames History list. It contained the 10th through 6th-best forwards. Today, we unveil the back half.

Absent from the list? Lanny McDonald. Bless him, he had the best facial hair in sports history - Honus Wagner was close - but the drop-off during his time in Calgary was pretty stark, and if you're judging a person by his body of work you basically have to average him out. And honestly, he just barely missed the cut - he would've been the 11th-best had we done a longer list.

If you didn't check out the first-half of the list, check it out here. The top five are after the jump.

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Handicapping The Race for Blueline Jobs

Ryan Pike
September 25 2015 09:00AM

It's an interesting time to be a blueliner in the Calgary Flames organization.

As expected, it doesn't sound like veteran Ladislav Smid will be cleared for the beginning of the season - as he's reportedly to miss all of the pre-season games. And as of a couple of days ago, T.J. Brodie had a broken bone in his right hand. So the Flames, who looked to be beginning the season with seven veteran defenders, might have as many as two jobs open for applications during training camp.

Let's take a look at the contenders for the open spots.

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Pre-Season Post-Game: Grand Theft Ortio

Ryan Pike
September 24 2015 09:58PM

The Calgary Flames brought a mixed-bag of a roster to Denver for tonight's match-up with the Colorado Avalanche. It featured a bunch of forwards who'll be in the NHL, basically an AHL defense, and Joni Ortio in net.

If Ortio wants to be in the NHL this season, he sure did a good job making an impression on the coaching staff. He made 35 saves in a 1-0 Flames victory over the Avalanche.

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Many, Many Flames on WHL's Top 125 List

Ryan Pike
September 24 2015 03:00PM

Our friends at the Western Hockey League are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this season, which kicks off tonight in Moose Jaw. As part of the festivities, the league is producing a count-down of the league's 50 best players - to be unveiled in January.

The precursor to their top 50 countdown was unveiled on Tuesday, and consisted of the initial "long-list" of 125 luminaries compiled by a panel of media and historians.

And as you'd expect, there's a ton of former Calgary Flames representation on that list.

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