Jakub Nakladal Leaves Today's Game With Facial Injury

Ryan Pike
March 05 2016 03:22PM

If you're a regular reader of this site - and you better be if you're hanging around this late in the season - you probably know that we have a soft spot for Jakub Nakladal. He's a veteran who toiled in the American Hockey League playing quite well, waiting for an NHL audition. The suspension of Dennis Wideman opened that door, and Nakladal has played quite well over the past dozen games.

Unfortunately, his audition may be coming to an abrupt end, as he left today's game with the Pittsburgh Penguins mid-way through the second period after a stick caught him under the shield in his facial area.

Read Article | 6 Comments

FGD #65: Facing A Waddle Of Penguins

Ryan Pike
March 05 2016 08:00AM

The Calgary Flames have lost 10 of their last 11 games, and every single one of their last seven games. They've lost each of the first three games of this road trip and now they head into the Steel City of Pittsburgh for an afternoon game against the Penguins as their final game of this trip.

The Penguins are five points up for the last wild-card spot in the East and desperately want in. The Flames? They're 29th overall. Let's just say it doesn't look good.

The puck drops at 1pm MT on Sportsnet West (with BOB COLE and Greg Millen) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

Read Article | 57 Comments

Jakub Nakladal reflects on his early NHL experiences

Ryan Pike
March 04 2016 02:00PM

The Calgary Flames hoped to make a splash this past summer with the signing of Jakub Nakladal. A veteran of the Czech Extraliga, the Swiss National League A, and the Kontinental Hockey League, the thought was that Nakladal would provide a great right-shooting option for the team.

Unfortunately, he was hurt during training camp and didn't make a huge impression. However, after a strong season in the American Hockey League with the Stockton Heat, Nakladal's in the NHL.

We had the chance to catch up with the 28-year-old prior to the trade deadline.

Read Article | 29 Comments

FGD #64: Buffalo Soldiers

Ryan Pike
March 03 2016 12:00PM

After dropping the first two games of their four-game eastern road-trip, the Calgary Flames attempt to salvage something out of the trip when they visit the Buffalo Sabres.

The Flames have quietly tumbled down the standings, playing reasonably well over their last few games but making just enough mistakes - either in their own end, or on the penalty kill, or just minor mistakes in coverage - to lose.  Now that the team has lost a minutes-eating defender in Kris Russell and a pretty solid forward in Jiri Hudler, and the team's #1 goalie in Karri Ramo, we may actually see them crash all the way down to the bottom of the standings.

(Edit - Sorry for the typo, Jiri!)

The puck drops at 5pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

Read Article | 106 Comments

Just how low could the Flames finish this season?

Ryan Pike
March 02 2016 01:00PM

The Calgary Flames lost yesterday to the Boston Bruins. The loss began the final quarter of the Flames' 2015-16 schedule. It also made two things abundantly clear: this team is not making the playoffs this season, nor do they deserve to.

But they may also enter territory that usually belongs to their northern neighbours.

The Flames may get a lottery pick this season.

Read Article | 31 Comments