FGD #29: Home Ice Advantage: Flames Host The Rangers

Ryan Pike
December 12 2015 12:00PM


(Sergei Belski / USA Today Sports)

A team that's battling the flu (yet somehow is on a winning streak) hosts a team that gave up seven goals to the Edmonton Oilers last night. The Calgary Flames (12-14-2) have someway, somehow managed to claw back to the brink of the .500 mark. They face the New York Rangers, fresh off a 7-5 loss to the Oilers last night in a game that had very little "defensive" hockey in it.

Can the Flames run the table on their current five-game homestand? Can they kick off their new seven-game segment with a victory? And can they take advantage of yet another reeling hockey club on their way kicking and screaming back to the .500 mark?

Find out tonight! The puck drops at 8pm MT on CBC and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. For the curious, Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson have the TV call.

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The Flames Are A Lot Better At Home Than Away

Ryan Pike
December 11 2015 12:00PM

After last night, the Calgary Flames have played 28 games this season. By sheer coincidence, the Flames have played 14 home games and 14 away games. At home, the Flames are now 9-5-0 and on the road they're 3-9-2.

But beyond the records, are the Flames playing that much better at home than on the road? Let's dig into the numbers.

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FGD #28: Home Ice Advantage: Calgary Welcomes The Sabres

Ryan Pike
December 10 2015 12:00PM

(Candice Ward / USA Today Sports)

Last season, the Edmonton Oilers and the Buffalo Sabres were really, really bad. The Oilers won the draft lottery and got some kid from Ontario. The Sabres got the consolation prize, Boston University's Jack Eichel. In addition to being the first meeting of the year between Calgary and Buffalo, but also between Boston University's recent superstar (Eichel) and Boston College's recent superstar (Johnny Gaudreau) in a battle of the last two winners of the Hobey Baker Award.

In addition to all that stuff, it's also a key game for the Calgary Flames. They enter Thursday's game X points out of the post-season which may be surprising unless you've watched the Pacific Division play hockey this year (and if you have, my condolences to you). Someway, somehow, the Flames have managed to phone in October and still be just as bad as everyone else.

Tonight's contest kicks off at 7pm MT on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Injuries and Absences Through the First Third of the Season

Ryan Pike
December 09 2015 11:00AM

Last night's game between Calgary and San Jose was the 27th game of the 2015-16 Flames calendar, which places us roughly one-third of the way through their schedule. Through 27 games, there have been many transactions, tinkers and injuries that have impacted the lineup.

For your information, here's a brief rundown of which players have been paid not to play this season, by virtue of illness or injury. Included in brackets is their cap hit for the games that they didn't play in, which is particularly important/damning for healthy scratches in a salary cap system. (Injured players don't usually count against the cap unless they're still on the 23-man roster.)

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Post-Game: Flames Beat Sharks (In Regulation)

Ryan Pike
December 08 2015 10:19PM

(Sergei Belski - USA Today Sports)

The Flames and Sharks went into the second period dead-locked at 2-2. From then on, the Calgary Flames stepped up and played a composed, mature final 40 minutes and skated to a 4-2 victory.

The game's a milestone of many kinds. It's just their fourth regulation win and their second win in seven games against the Pacific Division, but it's also the seventh win in a row at the Saddledome for a team that's starting to display some confidence and, dare I say, look a tiny bit formidable on home ice.

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