FGD #44: Showdown at the Shark Tank (8pm MT, CBC)

Ryan Pike
January 17 2015 02:23PM

Tonight! Live from the HP Pavilion in downtown San Jose, California! It's the 45th game of the 2014-15 Calgary Flames season, as they take on divisional rival (and my cousin's favourite team), the San Jose Sharks!

The Flames (23-18-3) enter the evening in a place that even the most optimistic person wouldn't have projected they'd be in mid-January: a single point outside of a playoff spot. But between some hot streaks and never really getting blown out of any games they lost, the Flames are a confident bunch that honestly believes that they can win any game they're in. And as we delve deeper into the schedule and the Flames attempt to actually make the playoffs for the first time since 2009, having that kind of confidence could mean the difference between winning and not.

The Sharks (24-16-5) may be the NHL franchise that most exemplifies missed opportunities. The Sharks have been a damn good hockey club since, well, a decade, but every single season they make the playoffs and something gets in their way. Last season? It was blowing a 3-0 series lead to the eventual Stanley Cup champions. They seem well-positioned to once again make a run at the playoffs, but this remains a mentally fragile group until they finally prove to themselves - and the entire hockey world - that they can finish the job.

It's the third of five meetings between these two teams. Each side has won a game so far. After tonight, each team gets a home date with the other side.

The puck drops tonight at 8pm MT. The game is on CBC (with Dave Randorf and Garry Galley) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias).

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Scoreboard Watching - January 16 2015

Ryan Pike
January 16 2015 03:42PM

We're deep into the second half of the season, gang, and now that the Calgary Flames are still in it, fans and media alike are watching the other games wondering "Will the Flames make the playoffs?"

So let's keep an eye on games with playoff implications in the wild, wooly Western Conference!

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Breaking Down The Remaining Schedule

Ryan Pike
January 16 2015 12:51PM

After last night's triumph over the Arizona Coyotes, the Calgary Flames have a 23-18-3 record in 44 games. 38 games remain in the 2014-15 season.

As you can see here, the schedule isn't horrible.

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Post-Game: Flames Edge Coyotes

Ryan Pike
January 15 2015 10:12PM

After four days off, the Calgary Flames began a crucial four-game road trip through the heart of the Pacific Division tonight with a 4-1 win in Glendale against the Arizona Coyotes (of Arizona).

The game was rather even for the first forty minutes or so, but the Flames played a patient game and took advantage of Arizona's mistakes and ultimately came away with a decisive victory. The Flames captured their 23rd victory of the season, off a three two-point effort from their #23, Sean Monahan. (Joni Ortio made 27 saves for his second win in as many starts this season.)

Here's how it went down in the desert tonight.

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FGD #44: Back In Action! (7pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
January 15 2015 12:15PM

After four days off - well, one day off and three days of practice - the Calgary Flames are back in action in a stop/start month of January. They've hit the road for a four-game sojourn into the belly of the beast: the Pacific Division. These next four games will determine whether the team sticks with the playoff pack or falls back.

Tonight's test pits the Flames (22-18-3, 47 points) against Glendale's favourite hockey club, the Arizona Coyotes (16-22-4, 36 points). Much like the visitors tonight, the Coyotes have been characterized as a team of fits and starts. They've gone on decent runs, but they've also slid back into bad habits every now and then, and their goaltending hasn't done them any favours.

This is the fourth of five meetings between the Flames and Coyotes. The Flames have won the prior three: 5-3, 3-0 and 5-2. The puck drops for round four at 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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