FGD #11: Home Ice Advantage - Flames Host Les Canadiens

Ryan Pike
October 30 2015 12:00PM

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Just 24 hours after losing a heartbreaker to the Edmonton Oilers, le Club de hockey Canadien (otherwise known as the Montreal Canadiens) visit the friendly confines of the Scotiabank Saddledome for a match-up with the Calgary Flames.

The Canadiens are really, really good, but historically the Flames have risen up to meet their old rival. Maybe it's because they've met in two Stanley Cup Finals three decades ago, and maybe it's because deep down the Flames have always been a staunchly proud bunch, but because this game has the potential for embarrassment, that's the reason I think the home side comes out swinging.

For the curious: the Flames are 2-7-1, the Habs are 9-2-0, and you can catch all the action tonight on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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Awful Start Might Extinguish Flames Playoff Hopes

Ryan Pike
October 29 2015 12:30PM

We're 10 games into the 2015-16 Calgary Flames season, and I think it's fair to say that the team has drastically under-shot everyone's expectations to this point.

We're about 12% of the way through the season, which is probably enough to start having real conversations about something that's becoming pretty evident: even if the Flames manage to snap out of whatever deep-down funk they're in right now, it might already be too late for them to make the playoffs.

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The Flames Should Claim Mark Arcobello

Ryan Pike
October 29 2015 10:00AM

The big hockey news out of Toronto this morning is that the Maple Leafs have decided to waive veteran center Mark Arcobello. For many reasons, I don't think he'll make it through the waiver wire - he's got several qualities which National Hockey League clubs seem to value.

And I think the Calgary Flames should claim him.

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Post-Game: This Game, You Guys...

Ryan Pike
October 28 2015 09:09PM

If there was ever a game where the good, the bad and the ugly of the Calgary Flames was laid out bare for the hockey world to behold, it was tonight's game against the Ottawa Senators.

For just shy of 40 minutes, the Flames played a very intelligent, measured and confident road game. The glass at one end of the ice got knocked out and so they played the last minute of the second period right before the beginning of the third and went to intermission early. Then the train went off the tracks and we went straight to crazy town.

When the game finally ended, it was a 5-4 shootout loss for the Flames, who mercifully got a point from their insane three-game road trip.

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FGD #10: Brodie Returns (5:30pm MT, SN1)

Ryan Pike
October 28 2015 12:00PM

After nine games of the 2015-16 schedule, the Calgary Flames are in trouble. They're looking for some rhythm, some rhyme, and to figure out what the heck has happened to their meat-grinder of a game.

Tonight, they get a golden opportunity for a course correction in Ottawa against the Senators. The Flames (2-7-0) haven't been great, but the Senators (3-3-2) are hardly a world-beater and are on a losing streak. And given their injury-ravaged state, there's no better time than the present for the Flames to take advantage of a diminished foe.

And thankfully, tonight's (probably) the long-awaited return of T.J. Brodie to the Flames line-up!

Puck drops just after 5:30pm MT on Sportsnet One and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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