Post-Game: Working Overtime

Ryan Pike
December 12 2015 11:24PM

The Calgary Flames hate regulation wins. They absolutely loathe them. So much so tonight that they seemingly frittered away their 4-1 third period lead just to get to the sweet, sweet excitement of 3-on-3 overtime.

Regardless of why they did it, the Flames were guilty of letting the New York Rangers back into the game, but they were also just good enough to win, as T.J. Brodie's goal cemented a 5-4 overtime win for the locals and their fifth straight victory of the season. It was a game that was borderline-unwatchable for a good chunk of the second period, but good pretty interesting by the very end.

And by "interesting," I mean that the Flames let their prejudice against regulation wins completely crater their defensive-zone play and allowed the Rangers to make the game pretty interesting in the dying minutes.

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Let's Talk About The Penalty Kill

Ryan Pike
December 12 2015 03:00PM

We're a third of the way through the 2015-16 season for the Calgary Flames, and I think one thing is abundantly clear: the team's penalty killing is truly awful. The larger question is "why?"

Well, to be blunt, it's bad enough that we can localize all types of reasons why the penalty killing is so bad. Let's run through them, shall we?

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FGD #29: Home Ice Advantage: Flames Host The Rangers

Ryan Pike
December 12 2015 12:00PM


(Sergei Belski / USA Today Sports)

A team that's battling the flu (yet somehow is on a winning streak) hosts a team that gave up seven goals to the Edmonton Oilers last night. The Calgary Flames (12-14-2) have someway, somehow managed to claw back to the brink of the .500 mark. They face the New York Rangers, fresh off a 7-5 loss to the Oilers last night in a game that had very little "defensive" hockey in it.

Can the Flames run the table on their current five-game homestand? Can they kick off their new seven-game segment with a victory? And can they take advantage of yet another reeling hockey club on their way kicking and screaming back to the .500 mark?

Find out tonight! The puck drops at 8pm MT on CBC and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. For the curious, Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson have the TV call.

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The Flames Are A Lot Better At Home Than Away

Ryan Pike
December 11 2015 12:00PM

After last night, the Calgary Flames have played 28 games this season. By sheer coincidence, the Flames have played 14 home games and 14 away games. At home, the Flames are now 9-5-0 and on the road they're 3-9-2.

But beyond the records, are the Flames playing that much better at home than on the road? Let's dig into the numbers.

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FGD #28: Home Ice Advantage: Calgary Welcomes The Sabres

Ryan Pike
December 10 2015 12:00PM

(Candice Ward / USA Today Sports)

Last season, the Edmonton Oilers and the Buffalo Sabres were really, really bad. The Oilers won the draft lottery and got some kid from Ontario. The Sabres got the consolation prize, Boston University's Jack Eichel. In addition to being the first meeting of the year between Calgary and Buffalo, but also between Boston University's recent superstar (Eichel) and Boston College's recent superstar (Johnny Gaudreau) in a battle of the last two winners of the Hobey Baker Award.

In addition to all that stuff, it's also a key game for the Calgary Flames. They enter Thursday's game X points out of the post-season which may be surprising unless you've watched the Pacific Division play hockey this year (and if you have, my condolences to you). Someway, somehow, the Flames have managed to phone in October and still be just as bad as everyone else.

Tonight's contest kicks off at 7pm MT on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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