Making Sense of the Magic Number

Ryan Pike
March 20 2015 01:00PM


After last night's Calgary Flames win, the magic number for your hometown heroes sits at 12.

That means that any combination of 12 Flames wins, Jets losses and/or half-wins or half-losses (overtime and shootout situations) results in the Flames returning to the playoffs for the first time since FlamesNation's first season.

So is it possible? Is it likely? Should we all start clearing our calendars for mid-April?

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In Defense Of Keegan Kanzig

Ryan Pike
March 20 2015 11:00AM

I had the chance to attend a junior game on Wednesday night.

The Calgary Hitmen beat the Red Deer Rebels 3-2 in overtime. Because it was my second time seeing the Rebels this season (and so I'd seen 2015 NHL Draft prospect Adam Musil a bit already), I spent a good chunk of the game paying attention to Keegan Kanzig. We've been a bit negative on Kanzig's selection around these parts - in particular since drafting a big guy where he was chosen is a bit of a reach, to be blunt, particularly based on most pre-draft rankings - but I wanted to contextualize some of Kanzig's performance by looking at one thing in particular.

Keegan Kanzig's penalties.

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Post-Game: Two More Points

Ryan Pike
March 19 2015 11:59PM

After two games where they walked away with zero points, the Calgary Flames got back into the win column tonight with a pretty solid 60 minutes of ice hockey against a less-than-stellar opponent at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Flames never trailed in this contest and bounced back from losses against Colorado and St. Louis by way of a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. By sheer coindicence, the big difference-maker tonight for the Flames was a young man who grew up as a fan of the Flyers, Johnny Gaudreau.

The Flames now have 83 points. They need 12 points to hit the 95-point mark.

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FGD #71: Frying the Flyers (7pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
March 19 2015 01:00PM

Just 48 hours after their second straight loss and a fairly decent effort against the powerhouse St. Louis Blues, the Calgary Flames are back at it this evening as they face the Philadelphia Flyers.

And better yet - it's retro night, so expect old-school tunes and old-school uniforms at the 'Dome tonight! And the Flames get an old-school opponent in the form of the Broad Street Bullies, who the Flames faced in the playoffs in their first season in Calgary (1981).

The Flyers are out of the playoff hunt and are poised to play spoiler, while the Flames are hopeful to end their small losing stretch at two games and get some points under the belts. Based on their last meeting in Philly, it should be a spirited 60 minutes of ice hockey.

The puck drops at 7pm MT and you can catch all the action on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Get Well Soon, Paul Byron

Ryan Pike
March 19 2015 11:00AM

Paul Byron is many things.

He's a winger for the Calgary Flames, who is presently injured. While we haven't been given specific timelines for his return, he's expected to be returning to full practice in the near future and - knock on wood - he'll potentially return to the Flames line-up before the end of the season.

Byron's got a lot of positive attributes. While he's not big, he plays bigger than he is, often throwing body checks. Heck, he took out a Sedin in last season's finale - thankfully the opponent was fine afterwards, but the fact that 5'7" Paul Byron is that physically engaged is damned impressive.

And Byron's quietly emerged as one of Calgary's best possession players.

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