Gary Bettman Upholds Dennis Wideman's Suspension

Ryan Pike
February 17 2016 03:32PM

In news that shouldn't be overly surprising or shocking, the National Hockey League has announced that commissioner Gary Bettman has upheld the 20-game suspension to Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman for his contact with linesman Don Henderson on January 27.

Wideman was originally suspended indefinitely by the league's Department of Hockey Operations on January 28, pending a hearing, and suspended 20 games after a hearing conducted by the league's head of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell.

Since the suspension is still longer than the six-game threshold laid out in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Wideman is able (and expected to) appeal the suspension to James Oldham, the neutral dispute arbitrator.

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FGD #56: Home Ice Advantage - The Flames Host Minnesota

Ryan Pike
February 17 2016 12:00PM

(Sergei Belski / USA Today Sports)

After losing a track meet on holiday Monday, the Calgary Flames hope to get back to winning hockey games tonight against the Minnesota Wild - the only National Hockey League club the Flames haven't faced yet this season.

The Flames have been consistently inconsistent this season; playing pretty good offensive hockey but being pretty rough inside their own blueline. They have a decent top six but a pretty shoddy bottom six, which is exactly who teams are making hay against. (Case in point: Anaheim scored many goals against their lesser lights.) Can the Flames take advantage of a team still adjusting to a new coach? We shall see.

The puck drops at 8pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. Yes, the Sportsnet overlords have followed up a 2pm afternoon start with an 8pm start (following a Montreal/Colorado game as part of a double-header).

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Reflections on Jakub Nakladal's first real NHL game

Ryan Pike
February 16 2016 12:00PM

Because of Kris Russell's lingering lower-body injury, tonight was our second chance to see Jakub Nakladal suit up for the Calgary Flames. And let's face it, he played two shifts against Toronto and then sat for two and a half periods and watched that game, so fundamentally-speaking this was his first "real" National Hockey League game.

How did he do? We dug into his numbers a bit.

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Post-Game: Ducks Seasoned, Flames Flicker

Ryan Pike
February 15 2016 05:17PM

After a mixed bag of a road trip in San Jose and Arizona, the Calgary Flames returned home this afternoon hoping to exploit their home ice success and generate some much-needed momentum (and points) against the Anaheim Ducks.

Unfortunately, it didn't turn out that way, and the team struggled to fight back against a bigger, more-skilled Ducks squad. Ultimately, their flagging penalty kill was once again their undoing en route to a 6-4 home loss to the Ducks.

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FGD #55: Home Ice Advantage - The Flames Go Duck Hunting

Ryan Pike
February 15 2016 12:00PM

(Sergei Belski / USA Today Sports)

The Calgary Flames have been a club that's resembled Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde this season; one day they're strong in all three areas of the ice, another they can't even escape their own zone. With their flickering playoff hopes nearly extinguished, they'll need to be very sharp from here on out.

Today's game is a really interesting test on two levels. For one, it's an afternoon game - something the Flames habitually stink in. And they're facing the Anaheim Ducks, who have absolutely owned the Flames over the past several seasons. If the Flames are going to claw their way into the post-season, they'll need to overcome both of their hurdles - and the third obstacle of their own shoddy play.

The game kicks off at 2pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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