November 14 2013 12:40PM
Arguably Calgary's most one-sided loss of the year was October 24 in Dallas, featuring three goals against in 61 seconds in a game where the team looked pretty decent, then awful, then couldn't claw back. The Stars (9-7-2) make their first trek to Calgary this season, and the Flames (6-9-3) definitely have nightmarish visions of that awful second-period stretch in Dallas floating in their heads.
The Stars are on a bit of a roll, having won four of their last five and earning points in five of their last six games. The Flames are on the flip-side of that, having just one win and three points in their last seven games, and a 2-7-1 record in 10 games without captain Mark Giordano. The records suggest an outcome, but the Flames are definitely motivated to provide a different one.
The puck drops at 7pm on Sportsnet Flames, Fan 960 and all over the Twitters.
November 14 2013 08:49AM
1. A load of hooey
Saw this unreadable tripe from Mark Spector about how the Flames are lovable because they're losing “the right way.” I'm sorry, but there's not a “right way” to lose in the NHL.
November 12 2013 10:42PM
Via the NHL
This was a game the Flames were never really in.
Nor should they have been, really. San Jose's one of the best teams in the league, and the Flames, while not god awful, are nowhere near "good". The Sharks controlled the pace of the game literally the entire time. Despite all of that, the Flames were able to make it to overtime but ultimately lost 3-2 on former Flame Brad Stuart's OT winner.
November 12 2013 12:52PM
After a road trip that netted just a single win, the Calgary Flames (6-9-2) return home to try to bolster their fairly-strong home record and creep back to .500 when they host the San Jose Sharks (10-2-5). The puck drops at 7pm MT on the Sportsnet media properties (I believe it's on Sportsnet West tonight).
The Flames have played just six of their 17 games this season at the Saddledome, which is good because they've produced seven points. The downside is they're still going to play some really strong teams, but for some reason, the Flames have been appreciably better at home over the past few seasons than on the road. (Last year, they were awful on the road.)
After losing three straight on the road, and putting up just two points in their last six games, the Flames need some wins. They'll be facing a similarly desperate San Jose club, who haven't won a game in their last five (they're 0-1-4) and probably view this game as the proverbial slump-buster. The two clubs met in San Jose on October 19, where the Sharks skated away with a 6-3 win (that was closer than the score appeared).
November 12 2013 09:01AM
The topic du jour around here and in many other areas of the Flames fandom has been the treatment of Mikael Backlund and Sven Baertschi at the hands of Bob Hartley this season. Both guys figured to be major pieces for the team moving forward, but Hartley has been ambivalent at best when it comes to both of them.
My thoughts on Hartley's experimentation and how it can impact the rebuild (and more) below...