March 28 2016 11:17PM
Let's be honest here: the Calgary Flames had a series of tailor-made excuses for losing tonight. They were on the road and they're a horrid road team. They were facing Arizona and they were winless against them coming into tonight. And they were missing three regulars, including Johnny Gaudreau - their best player.
But with a roster chock full of youthful vim and vigor, the Flames instead played a pretty solid 60 minutes of hockey. They didn't play perfect hockey - they took too many penalties, for instance - but they were good enough to beat the Arizona Coyotes tonight by a 5-2 score.
March 28 2016 12:00PM
After a super-quick single game home-stand, the Calgary Flames are on the road again for their final big trip of the 2015-16 season. To kick off this four-game sojourn, the Flames head to fabulous Glendale, Arizona to play the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena in a game with no real implications for either team.
The Coyotes are playing well and are well out of the playoffs and ahead of the lottery pack. The Flames are in the midst of the lottery pack, but will be hard-pressed to catch teams like Edmonton or Toronto in the league's basement. The game may be rather meaningless, but several Flames have the chance to hit milestones and career-bests, and many of them may feel they're auditioning for future employment.
Speaking of auditioning? Tonight's game features no fewer than three new faces to the Flames line-up, due to a slew of recalls from earlier in the day from the AHL's Stockton Heat.
The puck drops at 8pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
March 27 2016 09:55AM
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Last night, the Calgary Flames were held to a single goal by the Chicago Blackhawks. But on that goal, the second brother pairing to play for the Flames at the same time made some history.
When Freddie and Dougie Hamilton connected tonight, marked the first time in #Flames history that two brothers have combined on a goal.— Wes Gilbertson (@WesGilbertson) March 27, 2016
I was shocked that Robyn and Richie Regehr never connected on a goal, too.
March 26 2016 11:14PM
At approximately 3:39pm MT on Saturday afternoon, the Calgary Flames were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention as the Minnesota Wild beat Colorado 4-0. Roughly four and a half hours later, the Flames hit the ice to face the defending Stanley Cup champions. (Fittingly, the in-house arena crew played the above Offspring song, featuring a refrain of "There's no tomorrow" as the game-opening song after the national anthems.) For a team with literally nothing to play for now other than draft lottery placement, the Flames played a pretty good 60 minutes of hockey.
Tonight's game had all the markings of an ugly one for the home side. Chicago had lost a couple heading in and had a few days off since Tuesday's loss to stew a bit and regroup. The Flames were coming back home off a three-game road trip and two rather flat efforts in losses. The Flames no doubt knew that they were now completely out of the playoff pack before they began the night's contest.
The Flames dropped this one 4-1, but if you're looking for the textbook definition of a "good loss" at this time of year, this is as good a one as you're gonna get.
March 26 2016 12:32PM
Nick Schneider's had an interesting year. After being passed over in the 2015 NHL Draft, he was signed by the Calgary Flames during training camp after a pretty decent showing while filling in for some injured NHL netminders. Then he wobbled between being Medicine Hat's starter and back-up during some early-season struggles, then won the crease from veteran Mack Shields during the stretch drive. His Western Hockey League season ended on Tuesday due to a tie-breaker game loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings.
But Schneider's hockey season will continue, as the 18-year-old has been reassigned by the Flames to the American Hockey League's Stockton Heat.