January 24 2016 07:38PM
It seems that whenever the Calgary Flames play a game that's not a standard start time (like 5pm, 7pm or 8pm MT), they come out flat, get down early and have to claw their way back. In front of allegedly 9,934 fans at PNC Arena in Raleigh, the Flames went down 3-0 early and lost 5-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes.
It was a really flat outing, which probably should be worrisome considering that the Flames played with sloppily and with little desperation early-on, and really didn't start playing well until Karri Ramo had been chased from the game and they had little chance of winning.
January 24 2016 02:02PM
Today in the great state of North Carolina, two excellent teams will clash in a battle of wills will high stakes.
Three hours east (and 40 minutes earlier), the Calgary Flames will face the Carolina Hurricanes in a battle of two teams trying to salvage their seasons and creep closer to an improbable playoff berth. And because of the NFC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium that's on at the exact same time (and the winter storm-related state of emergency in the area), expect to see a bunch of fans dressed up as seats. Yes, even moreso than a usual Hurricanes game, which averages a league-worse 11,000 fans.
The puck drops at 4pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
January 24 2016 08:00AM
If read Pat Steinberg's piece on Jiri Hudler's decline last week - and if you didn't, here's a link, get to it - you might have had the same question come to mind that I did: "Hey, why is Jiri Hudler's shooting percentage so much lower than last year?"
The obvious answers are: (a) he got a whole lot worse at shooting or (b) he's taking worse shots than he was last year. I had some time on my hands, so I did some digging. The short answer is that it's a bit of both, and a great deal of it comes from the fact that Hudler has become a perimeter player almost overnight. (Or at least over the summer.)
January 23 2016 01:00PM
Prior to the Calgary Flames game against Columbus, the chatter during Flames practices amongst the FlamesNation crew generally circulated around what bodies were missing, if any, and what the Flames would do once they finally got healthy.
You see, Markus Granlund is up on the Flames roster because of injuries, as was Derek Grant before him, and we were wondering what would happen to Granlund. Would he go to the AHL or had he impressed management enough for somebody else to get the chop?
But the decision whether to put a veteran on waivers or to banish Granlund to the minors has seemingly been postponed again - with Micheal Ferland absent from practice today - because the Calgary Flames have never been 100% healthy this season and at this rate never will be.
After leaving Thursday's game with an upper body injury, #Flames Micheal Ferland is not on the ice at practice today.— Derek Wills (@Fan960Wills) January 23, 2016
January 22 2016 02:00PM
As we creep closer to the National Hockey League trade deadline, we'll be speculating a LOT about what the Calgary Flames will or won't do. But let's be very blunt here: there isn't a wrong move they can make in regards to Mark Jankowski.
Allow me to explain.