October 17 2014 01:00PM
After an improbable road trip that's already seen them break even points-wise, the Calgary Flames head into the great state of Ohio - now again home of Lebron James - for the fifth game of their six-game trip, this time against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus is the home of the cool cannon, the former home of an excellent mascot named Boomer (a civil war cannon with a jaunty mustache), and a pretty good hockey club that's really progressed over the past few years. Heck, they made the playoffs last year and nearly upset the Penguins.
The game should be the first career NHL game for Josh Jooris and the latest edition of the "Can you top that?" series between Flames netminders Karri Ramo and Jonas Hiller.
Can the Flames continue their winning ways? I would've say "no" flatly a week ago, but I'm gonna shrug and say "Maybe" now. The game goes early tonight - 5pm MT - and you can catch it on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
October 16 2014 12:30PM
Missing a few bodies already and facing two more games on their road trip, the Calgary Flames called the farm team and called up the most logical candidate.
Scorch! No, not Scorch...
The Flames recalled training camp stand-out Josh Jooris this morning from the AHL's Adirondack Flames. David Jones has been placed on the injured reserve (retroactive to October 9) to make room, and is eligible to be activated whenever. Coincidentally, Jooris doesn't require waivers, so the Flames retain a lot of roster flexibility.
October 16 2014 02:34AM
Well, this is embarrassing.
When I wrote the preview for tonight's game this morning, I didn't give the Calgary Flames much of a chance. Neither did the odds-makers or really anybody else in the hockey world. I mean, the Flames were in the back-end of a back to back, in the midst of both a flu bug and a six-game road trip, and were going to be without three regulars (David Jones, Deryk Engelland and Lance Bouma) due to injury. How could they beat a healthy and rested powerhouse Chicago Blackhawks club?
Jonas Hiller, that's how. In a response to Karri Ramo's excellent game 24 hours previous, the Swiss product went into Chicago and, much like Chicago was stymied by Reto Berra last November, Hiller utterly baffled the Blackhawks and Calgary won 2-1 in overtime.
October 15 2014 01:43PM
Good news, everybody! The Calgary Flames are back at the .500 mark after a really fun 3-2 shootout win in Nashville. The Preds were well-rested, but the Calgary side played a strong 60 minutes, got great goaltending from Karri Ramo and generally were pretty damn solid.
Bad news, everybody! Now the Flames go into Chicago to play the Blackhawks, an even more well-rested and just disgustingly stacked hockey team.
It's a measuring stick game tonight at the United Center! 6pm! Sportsnet national feed! (Sportsnet West and regional channels if you're outside of Alberta!)
October 15 2014 10:53AM
Welcome to a new feature here on FlamesNation and all sites on the Nation Network: What Would You Do Wednesday, where we put you in charge of your own imaginary Calgary Flames. We'll present you with a different scenario each week, and you tell us how you'd solve it in the comments section below. Let's roll!