February 05 2016 10:10PM
The Calgary Flames entered tonight with an opportunity to beat the National Hockey League's worst team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and bump themselves somewhat closer to the slim hope of a playoff spot.
Instead, they played 60 minutes of inconsistent hockey along the perimeter (for the most part), made iffy decisions with the puck all game and gave up a couple goals on odd-man rushes caused by defenders pinching too deep. As a result? They lost 2-1 to the NHL's worst team and have placed themselves in a six-way tie for dead-last in the NHL.
It was a loss that they totally earned by playing down to their opposition; the NHL's worst team, who had played a night before in a different city.
February 05 2016 12:02PM
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After kicking off the homestretch of the 2015-16 season with a win over Carolina on Wednesday night, the Calgary Flames are back in action at the Saddledome tonight in the first half of a back-to-back that concludes tomorrow night in Vancouver. But before the big Pacific Division tilt at Rogers Arena tomorrow night, the Flames face off against the National Hockey League's worst team - the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Before the Carolina game, I suggested that the Flames need to pick a direction - either winning a lot or losing a lot - and stick to it for the remainder of the season. Since they won on Wednesday and they're facing the horrid Blue Jackets tonight, perhaps they may be able to claw their way back into the playoff picture after all.
Then again, there's a lot of hockey left to be played.
The puck drops at 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. And for those going down to the building, it's Western Night (the theme night that's nowhere as good as Retro Night).
February 05 2016 08:00AM
We here at FlamesNation pride ourselves on being a place that shines a spotlight on good hockey in our community, whether it's the Flames or something new and exciting (and deserving of attention) like the Inferno. So to that end, we're going to be adding in some coverage of the WHL's Calgary Hitmen from time to time, particularly since it'd be nice to cover a team that makes the playoffs this season.
And it seems very likely that despite not having Jake Virtanen this season, and losing Travis Sanheim and Radel Fazleev for big chunks of their season, that the Hitmen will be playoff bound in mid-March. They've really relied on their 17 and 18-year-old players and as a result they've become a pretty good team that's likely going to have most of their good players back next season.
February 04 2016 02:00PM
The immediate reaction to the news that Calgary Flames defender Dennis Wideman had been suspended for 20 games by the National Hockey League's Hockey Operations Department was "So, he's going to appeal, right?"
But there isn't a whole lot of information readily available about the appeals process when it comes to suspensions. So we did some digging and read some stuff, and here's more or less what we found.
February 04 2016 12:00PM
The month of December was pretty tough for a lot of Calgary Flames prospects between injuries, suspensions, and World Junior struggles. But while last month we praised Pavel Karnaukhov almost by default - everyone else struggled - the month of January saw a lot of really good performances from players on Calgary's reserve list.
And, as usual, a pair of players from the OHL's Barrie Colts were leading the way.