FGD #77: Curses and Streaks

Ryan Pike
March 30 2016 12:00PM

Tonight, the Calgary Flames visit the Honda Center in scenic Anaheim, California. They're playing their final game of the season against the (Mighty Ducks of) Anaheim Ducks. There are two big cosmic things in play tonight that deserve some mention.

  • The Flames haven't won in Anaheim since January 2004, a span of 22 games - one shy of tying the NHL record for consecutive futility in a single building.
  • The Flames haven't lost the 77th game of their season since 2000-01, a span of 12 seasons. No matter how bad the Flames have been, they've managed to eke out a Game 77 win. (Stick tap to Hit The Post for finding this game a few years back.)

So which will be more powerful? The Honda Center Curse or the Game 77 Streak?

Find out tonight at 8pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Flames Sign Mark Jankowski To Entry-Level Deal, Off To Stockton

Ryan Pike
March 30 2016 10:33AM

The waiting game is finally over.

The Calgary Flames today announced the signing of college center Mark Jankowski, formerly a four-year member of the Providence College Friars of the NCAA, to a two-year entry level contract that begins next season. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available, but presumably Jankowski will get a rookie maximum deal (or something close to it).

Per the team's release, he'll join the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League on an amateur try-out for the remainder of the season.

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Mark Giordano is Calgary's Masterton nominee this season

Ryan Pike
March 29 2016 12:58PM

Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy by a vote of the Calgary chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. (Disclosure: nobody from FlamesNation is a PHWA member, we just think it's neat.) The nomination was announced by the PHWA's Twitter account this morning.

Named after the late Bill Masterton, who tragically passed away after an injury suffered in a game in 1968, the award goes to the player that "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey."

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How did all the call-ups do against Arizona?

Ryan Pike
March 29 2016 12:00PM

(Joe Camporeale / USA Today Sports)

The Calgary Flames had four new faces in their lineup last night when they visited the Arizona Coyotes. Granted, two of the four "new" players were both up with the Flames earlier this season, but all four guys were summoned from the American Hockey League's Stockton Heat and pressed into service at relatively short notice.

How'd the quartet of newcomers do?

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Post-Game: Kids Power Flames To Victory

Ryan Pike
March 28 2016 11:17PM

Let's be honest here: the Calgary Flames had a series of tailor-made excuses for losing tonight. They were on the road and they're a horrid road team. They were facing Arizona and they were winless against them coming into tonight. And they were missing three regulars, including Johnny Gaudreau - their best player.

But with a roster chock full of youthful vim and vigor, the Flames instead played a pretty solid 60 minutes of hockey. They didn't play perfect hockey - they took too many penalties, for instance - but they were good enough to beat the Arizona Coyotes tonight by a 5-2 score.

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