October 20 2015 11:05PM
The Calgary Flames came into the sixth game of the season, tonight's contest with the visiting Washington Capitals, probably thinking one thing: At least it couldn't get much worse. They had been embarrassed on Saturday by their rival, the Edmonton Oilers. They had been poor in most of their games and had yet to play a sixty minute game of ice hockey. There's no way they could sink further.
Well, then tonight happened.
After a perfectly fine first period - sullied somewhat by a Dennis Wideman turnover leading to a goal - the Flames saw Karri Ramo let in a bad goal at the hands of Alex Ovechkin 30 seconds into the second. After that? The team collapsed in on themselves (defensively) like a dying star and lost a one-sided 6-2 game.
The 1-5-0 start is the worst by the Flames after six games in franchise history.
October 20 2015 03:00PM
Time and a hard playing style are no player's friend. And a combination of the two have contributed to the retirement of a long-time Calgary Flames player, Curtis Glencross.
Curtis Glencross confirms he is retiring.— Eric Francis (@EricFrancis) October 20, 2015
October 20 2015 12:47PM
Some minor roster news in advance of tonight's game with Washington!
The Flames announced via press release that Markus Granlund has been returned to the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League.
October 20 2015 12:00PM
(Sergei Belski-USA Today Sports)
It's probably premature to call the sixth game of the 2015-16 campaign a must-win for the Calgary Flames, but it's rapidly approaching that status.
After five games of uneven play and underachieving, the Calgary Flames (1-4-0) face a big challenge in the form of Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals (3-1-0). While the Flames have struggled, losing three straight (and all against conference rivals), the Capitals have won two in a row by identical 4-1 scores. Now, they hit the road for a three-game Western Canadian swing.
The Flames hope to give them an inhospitable welcome.
Puck drop is at 7pm MT and you can catch the action on Sportsnet 360 (with Rick Ball and Kelly Hrudey) or Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
October 20 2015 09:00AM
Remember in that episode of The Simpsons, when Homer joins the Stonecutters? Of course you do, it happened in the classic 1995 episode "Homer The Great." In that episode, Homer is initiated into the ancient organization through a series of paddles to the backside.
That's kind of how I picture the next 12 days going for the Calgary Flames. Because not only do they have a lot of games in rapid succession, but they're against a lot of good teams. And Edmonton.