FGD #29: Journey to the Centre of the Universe! (5:30pm MT; Sportsnet West)

Ryan Pike
December 09 2014 09:39AM

The Calgary Flames hit the road tonight for the first game of a four-game eastern road trip that'll take them through the outhouses and penthouses of the National Hockey League.

First up? Tonight, the Flames (17-9-2) visit the Toronto Maple Leafs (14-9-3) at Air Canada Centre.

The Flames have won seven of their last ten, but had a four-game winning streak snapped on Saturday night against the San Jose Sharks. The Leafs have won three of their last four and five of their last six, finally getting their legs going after a three game losing streak that had everyone and their dog crying about blowing the team up.

The puck drops at 5:30pm MT and the game is on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

For a view from the other side, check out the coverage from our fine eastern colleagues at The Leafs Nation.

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Sunday Open Thread: Who Goes When Raymond Returns?

Ryan Pike
December 07 2014 11:06AM

Matt Stajan returned to the Calgary Flames line-up last night after missing 16 games with a knee injury. His return meant that Corban Knight went to the American Hockey League - both guys were fourth line centers - and that Sven Baertschi was bounced from the line-up (Lance Bouma moved from center to the wing).

Mason Raymond is also nearing a return. What happens when he's back?

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Post-Game: Sharks End Flames Streak

Ryan Pike
December 06 2014 11:08PM

They were bound to lose at some point.

The Flames dropped a close 3-2 game tonight against the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks spotted the Flames a first period lead, but the Flames paid the favour back via some sloppy second period defensive-zone play. Ultimately, they couldn't consummate the comeback and they dropped their ninth regulation game of the 2014-15 season.

Here's how it happened.

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FGD #28: Shark Attack! (8pm MT; CBC)

Ryan Pike
December 06 2014 03:38PM

Tonight, the Calgary Flames (17-8-2) host the San Jose Sharks (13-10-4) at the Scotiabank Saddledome. It's the finale of the most recent three-game homestand which has already seen the Flames win two games, so it's an attempt at a home sweep.

It's also the final game of the latest seven-game segment. Flames coach Bob Hartley has split the season into seven-game segments in attempt to move things along internally by getting the players into a playoff mindset. It's not entirely the same, obviously, but so far the approach has paid some dividends and arguably kept the team focused on the task at hand. Calgary has won five of the first six games of this latest segment, so this game is a chance for them to resoundingly win these seven games, as well as bank points against a divisional foe before the potential PDO course correction does (or does not) happen.

The puck drop is at 8pm MT. The game is on CBC (with Dave Randorf and Greg Millen on the call) and on Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias). If you head down to the friendly confines of the Saddledome, it's Flames Foundation for Life Awareness Night, so let me mention that the Flames (as a team and on an individual player basis) do a heck of a lot of charity work in the Calgary area.

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Everything Lasts Forever: Riding the PDO Pony

Ryan Pike
December 05 2014 01:30PM

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"I watched two-thirds of the MC Hammer Behind the Music, and if there's one thing I learned, it's that money never runs out!"
-Professor Scudwerth, Clone High, on sustainability.

Well, gang, they did it again.

The Calgary Flames managed their sixth come-from-behind third period win last night with a 4-3 OT win over the Colorado Avalanche. At this point, 27 games into this season, the Flames have banked a lot of points and won games in dramatic fashion.

The two overriding questions now are:

  1. Can they keep this up?
  2. Can they make the playoffs?

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