What Was Different For Flames In Vancouver?

Ryan Pike
October 13 2015 03:00PM

After Saturday's win, the immediate thought in my mind was "Where the heck was this on Wednesday night?" The Flames were, quite bluntly, much better than they were in their uninspired season-opener at the 'Dome.

But specifically, what did they do differently? Based on video and the numbers: a lot of things.

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Bullet Dodged: Flames Didn't Trade For Mike Richards

Ryan Pike
October 13 2015 01:30PM

The latest edition of Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts brought with it a bit of an interesting news item from the recent past.

While Mike Richards is currently jobless following the termination of his contract by the Los Angeles Kings (and the ensuing settlement negotiations), before he was arrested at the Canadian border and fell into this whole mess he was offered to a few teams.

Among them? The Flames.

1. Richards’ next court date is Dec. 8, so his future remains unclear. But he is an unrestricted free agent, and there is interest. He doesn’t turn 31 until February and it was his contract — not his play — that prevented other clubs from taking him. It’s believed the Kings were offering two or three prospects (Jordan Weal likely among them) to the Calgary Flames and/or Edmonton Oilers as incentive to acquire him before the arrest. Richards will have suitors should the time come.

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FGD #3: Home Ice Advantage - Flames host the Blues

Ryan Pike
October 13 2015 12:00PM

(Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

After besting the Vancouver Canucks on the road on Saturday night, the Calgary Flames return to the friendly confines of the Scotiabank Saddledome in search of their first home-ice victory of the 2015-15 campaign tonight. Their opponents are a team that's given them some trouble over the past few years, the St. Louis Blues.

Puck drop is just after 7pm MT. It's the first regional broadcast of the year, so catch the call from Rick Ball and Kelly Hrudey on Sportsnet Flames, or turn on your radios to Sportsnet 960 The Fan to join Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias.

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Bob Hartley Joins The 100-Win Club

Ryan Pike
October 12 2015 11:00AM

The Calgary Flames won on Saturday night, and in addition to being Mikael Backlund's 300th game as a Calgary Flame, it represented a pretty big milestone for head coach Bob Hartley.

The victory was the 100th regular season win for Hartley behind the bench for the Flames. He joins a pretty exclusive group, becoming just the eighth Flames bench boss to hit the century mark.

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Mikael Backlund Hits 300 Games

Ryan Pike
October 11 2015 04:15PM

Perhaps lost in the hubbub and bally-hoo of the Calgary Flames' big win last night in Vancouver is a pretty significant milestone for Mikael Backlund - especially compared to many of Calgary's other first-round picks.

The 2007 first round selection of the Flames played his 300th NHL game in Saturday night's game. Hitting the 300-game mark adds Backlund to a club of just nine former Flames first rounders to play that many games with the franchise. Dion Phaneuf (2003's first rounder) was the last player to join the club.

The full list of the Top 20 First Rounders by games played in a Flames uniform after the jump.

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