January 04 2012 11:02AM
1. Will the real Calgary Flames please stand up?
Only a bad shootout win over the worst team in the league separates Calgary from being 0-3-2 in their last five, all of which were against teams either at or below the 7th place spot at the time of puck drop. In short, it hasn't been a good week.
December 28 2011 06:36AM
1. Maybe they can beat good teams
Last week I was roundly criticized for being too hard on the team by saying they weren't that good and maybe, as it turns out, those critics were right. I wrote of how underwhelming the Flames' performance against the Wild — a team with 45 points at the time — had been and lamented that the Red Wings and Canucks, teams who had won a boatload of games in the previous two weeks, almost all by terribly convincing scores, would likely kill the Flames where they stood.
December 21 2011 03:56PM
1. Rumors of the Flames' strength?
A little more than a week after a series of wins against soft opponents prompted many to believe the team was primed for a run, a stretch of games against teams that are actually good has laid bare the teams' real faults.
December 14 2011 10:04AM
This week consider the Flames aspirations for the playoffs, Brendan Morrison's refusal to go away and I have become a hesistant fan of Blake Comeau.
December 07 2011 09:23AM
(Ryan Lambert makes his triumphant return to FlamesNation today with his new weekly column "five things")
Here are five things I've been thinking about the Flames this week:
1. This team has a real perception problem
That much should be obvious to anyone at this point. The issue is not (or at least no longer just) that they believe that this is a team that can compete for a playoff spot, or even that they think simply being able to compete for a playoff spot is an acceptable level for a franchise making this type of financial commitment to the team.