Tyler Wotherspoon played four games in four nights last week

Ryan Pike
March 23 2016 02:00PM

The Calgary Flames had a busy schedule over the past week, but one player had an even busier week than the rest: defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon.

The 23-year-old native of British Columbia one-upped the common experience of many junior and minor-league hockey players; they often play three games in three nights, but Wotherspoon pulled off the very rare four-in-four.

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This week in Flames prospect playoffs

Ryan Pike
March 22 2016 11:10AM

The Calgary Flames are deep down in the draft lottery mix, but there are a good many prospects of the Flames that are actually playing meaningful hockey this week. In the interest of directing your attention over the next seven days, here is a brief glance of which teams (and prospects) are in playoff action this coming week.

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Post-Game: Mission Accomplished

Ryan Pike
March 21 2016 08:54PM

Tonight, the Calgary Flames strolled into Air Canada Center in Toronto on a bit of a high. The Flames have a ton of momentum, having won many games lately - despite trading away everything but the kitchen sink at the trade deadline. (They even found a new home for David Jones.)

Tonight, in a position to really distance themselves from the Leafs in the race for last place and separate themselves from the bottom pack, the Flames registered a pretty important 5-2 loss to Toronto.

It was their second game in as many nights on the road. But the Flames played a pretty flat, uninspired 60 minutes of hockey. It was the perfect time for that to happen, but it's still pretty disappointing. But if you're part of Team Tank? Mission accomplished.

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FGD #73: Journey to The Center of the Universe

Ryan Pike
March 21 2016 12:00PM

Roughly 24 hours after the Calgary Flames waltzed into Bell Centre and beat the St. John's IceCaps Montreal Canadiens, they get their second crack at an AHL team playing in an NHL arena when they face off against the Toronto Marlies Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Flames have won five games since the trade deadline and are in danger of crawling out of the NHL's draft lottery gutter. Thankfully for them, the Leafs have won four games since the deadline despite playing a roster full of youngsters, also-rans, and seemingly people they picked up from the bus station around the corner from the Air Canada Center.

Can the Flames beat these "Maple Leafs"? Can they maintain their standing among the NHL's worst and most mediocre? Or can the Flames instead continue to play like a halfway-decent NHL club, like they have since the trade deadline?

Find out tonight! The puck drops at 5:30pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

For a view from the other side, check out the preview from those goobers fine people at The Leafs Nation!

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Post-Game: Flames Beat Injury-Riddled Habs Handily

Ryan Pike
March 20 2016 08:25PM

Let's not mince words, friends: the Montreal Canadiens are a injured-ravaged hockey club. They're missing nine or ten regulars, depending on how broadly you want to define them. Long story short: tonight's game between the Calgary Flames and Les Habitants at Bell Centre was a winnable game for the local sports team.

The good news? Despite starting 38-year-old Niklas "Back Storm" Backstrom in net, the Flames handled the Canadiens rather easily, winning 4-1 on the road. There's really no bad news, unless you're a person that thinks the Flames need to finish poorly to guarantee a good draft pick. If you're that type of person, you probably hated this game.

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