October 30 2014 10:03AM
1. It continues
Last week I talked about how the Flames' winning ways should remain upsetting to fans, and people largely did not want to hear it. Lots of talk about how this team was never bad enough to finish in the bottom five, and so on.
Well, the Flames have three points from their last three games (a humbling of the Hurricanes, a loss to the Capitals in which they looked overwhelmed, and a shootout loss really deserved to get more against a suddenly bumbling Montreal side). The Flames remain in the playoff hunt as a consequence: tied for a wild card spot with 12 points from 11 games, but technically sixth in the West as it stands. Which, if you'd prefer the team win, has to be considered a good thing.
October 23 2014 09:00AM
1. A bad start
The Flames have started the year as a club that has gone better than .500, winning nine points from its first eight games, including the overtime loss on Tuesday night.
This cannot be seen as acceptable.
October 16 2014 10:09AM
1. Learning a lot, quickly
The thing that's struck me over the first four games of the season (I'm writing this ahead of what's sure to be an ugly game in Chicago) has very little to do with Joe Colborne's production or Jiri Hudler continuing to be very solid in his role, or Sean Monahan's notable improvement — even if he's still being sheltered. Rather, it has been the Flames' defense.
October 09 2014 10:03AM
1. Tough start
And so here we go, with the 2014-15 season now under way and the Flames off to a tougher start than literally anyone in the league. As though they needed the help. I can't actually believe how difficult the schedule is for a team that's going to get run over all season anyway.
October 02 2014 09:52AM
1. Raphael Diaz's impending contract
As I write this on late Wednesday afternoon, Nolan Yonkman and Sheldon Brookbank have been released from their tryouts with the Flames. Makes sense to me. They're the latest in a string of veterans league-wide who were on such deals and have since received their walking papers. "Thanks for playing in those exhibition games so we met the NHL veteran minimums, now go on ahead and have a good career, somewhere else, please and thanks.