January 21 2016 07:55PM
The Calgary Flames came into Columbus, Ohio tonight with a simple objective: win. Facing off against the National Hockey League's worst club, the Flames had to grab two points to have a shot at getting back into the pack in the Western Conference playoff race.
And due to some performances by 19-Year-old Sam Bennett and Johnny (Hockey) Gaudreau, the Flames skated away with a 4-2 victory. It was a game that was up for grab after 40 minutes; the Flames took it.
January 21 2016 02:00PM
Ladislav Smid dressed against New Jersey, suiting up for the Calgary Flames for the 13th time this season. He played 10:51 in a loss, but the game represented an interesting milestone for the Czech native.
It was Smid's 100th game as a Calgary Flame. He became one of just seven players to play 100+ games on both sides of the Battle of Alberta. And oddly, very few of them were star players.
January 21 2016 12:00PM
If there's a make-or-break game in the Calgary Flames' 2015-16 season, it might be tonight in Columbus, Ohio.
You see, the Flames are not a great road team. They've lost the first two games of this road trip. They've lost four of their last five games. They have games against Columbus, Carolina, Dallas and Nashville before the All-Star Break. They're already just five points up on Columbus, the NHL's worst team, in the Auston Matthews sweepstakes.
If they're going to be a playoff team or they're going to be a lottery team, we're going to find out really quickly. Possibly tonight as they face John Tortorella's Columbus Blue Jackets.
The puck drops at 5pm MT on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
January 21 2016 08:00AM
Last season, Bob Hartley won the Jack Adams Award, as voted by the NHL Broadcasters Association. One of the main things that Hartley proponents pointed to as effective in driving the Calgary Flames' 20-point turnaround were his use of seven-game segments to keep the team focused on short-term goals.
Winning the bulk of the seven-game series over the course of a season would equate with a playoff berth. The Flames ended up winning the majority of them last season and ended up going to the post-season. Seven-game segments are back this season.
Here's a brief look at how they're doing thus far.
January 19 2016 07:48PM
(Ed Mulholland / USA Today Sports)
Already smarting from a shootout loss in Edmonton on the weekend, the Calgary Flames got out to an 0-1-1 start on their five-game road trip by virtue of a 4-2 loss in Newark to the New Jersey Devils.
The Flames never led the game and weren't amazing at even-strength, relying on their special teams to keep the game close. Their attempted third period comeback never quite got where it needed to go against a composed Devils squad, and so the Flames failed to gain any points in the Western Conference playoff race.