Post-Game: Seven Straight Losses

Ryan Pike
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.

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FGD #34: Shooting Stars (7pm MT; SN West)

Ryan Pike
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.

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Flames Extend Bob Hartley

Ryan Pike
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.

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Post-Game: Welcome to Wherever You Are

Ryan Pike
December 16 2014 10:57PM

The downward slide in the standings continues for the Calgary Flames, as they dropped a 5-2 decision to the New York Rangers tonight.

The Flames now have a record of 17-14-2 after 33 games. They're back in action on Friday night when they host the Dallas Stars in another crucial Western Conference game.

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FGD #33: Welcoming the Rangers (7pm MT; SN Flames)

Ryan Pike
December 16 2014 12:49PM

The Flames return home after a disastrous - in the standings - road trip tonight as they host the New York Rangers for their 33rd game of the 2014-15 season.

Calgary (17-13-2) has lost five in a row, including all four games of their recent road swing. Despite that, the mood was somewhat upbeat at the rink yesterday. Why? The team recognizes that they've largely been playing well and it's been circumstances and some untimely gaffes on their part that has triggered this slide. The key to victory, for the home side, is paying attention to the little things in the game - especially consistency in defensive coverage.

New York (14-10-4) are headed in the opposite direction, having won three straight - including whuppin' the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night in Vancouver. They're hoping to keep their momentum going as they recover from a slow start that's put them a bit behind in the NHL's Metropolitan Division.

Puck drop is at 7pm and you can catch it on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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