December 21 2014 01:43AM
The Calgary Flames finally earned another point - their first since their OT win against Colorado on December 4 - via a 3-2 overtime loss against Vancouver. So ends 17 point-less days this month, and hopefully a sign that the tide is turning.
They're back in action on Monday night in Los Angeles in their last game before the Christmas break.
December 20 2014 12:02PM
The Calgary Flames (17-15-2) have lost 7 games in a row. Their opponents tonight, the Vancouver Canucks (), have lost 5 games in a row.
A streak will end tonight.
I really hope it's Calgary's streak, because I am sick of writing the same "The Flames played well but something went bad and they lost!" game story. You can try and dress it up, but fundamentally we're experiencing the exact opposite of October and November, and it's just more fun to analyze wins than it is to dissect a string of very similar losses.
Is it time for us to crack each others' heads open and feast on the goo inside? We're not sure. We hope not. But with a loss against a reeling Vancouver Canucks team that is having a similarly tough go of it, it may be time to hit the proverbial panic button.
(For a view from the other side, visit our chums over at Canucks Army)
December 19 2014 10:04PM
Calgary's losing streak has stretch to seven games following a 2-1 home loss to the Dallas Stars.
The Flames generated one goal, which is never a recipe for success unless your goalie is godly. Jonas Hiller was merely good, so the local hockey heroes limp towards Christmas trying to snap their losing string.
December 19 2014 11:00AM
The Calgary Flames are in the midst of a six-game losing streak and are bracing themselves for three games in four nights - in three different cities - before being off for four days for Christmas.
The first test for them comes at home against the Dallas Stars.
The Flames (17-14-2) are in the midst of a six-game losing stretch - San Jose, Toronto, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Chicago and the Rangers - while the Stars (12-13-5) have won back to back games, most recently against the Vancouver Canucks. Last season, the Flames lost two of three to the Stars, including a pair of one-sided games (5-1 and 73). Even though the Stars haven't been a house of fire this season, the Flames no doubt recall their games with Dallas from last year and hope to have a better showing against them in the Saddledome than they did last year.
And let's be blunt here: the Flames do not want to be at .500 when Christmas comes around. A victory against Dallas guarantees a record in the black headed into the festive break. The puck drops at 7pm MT and the game can be seen on Sportsnet West and heard on Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
December 17 2014 02:55PM
The National Hockey League is abuzz with coaching news nowadays, mostly firings, so for once, here's some good news.
The Flames signed Bob Hartley to a "multi-year" extension, the club announced today. There's a presser later this afternoon on the subject.