January 20 2015 09:15AM
They’re not quite there yet, but the Calgary Flames are heading toward a pivotal point in this confounding season.
During a well-publicized rebuilding phase that officially started with the unloading of former captain Jarome Iginla less than two years ago, the Flames are actually in contention for a playoff spot.
January 20 2015 12:33AM
(courtesy of either MyRegularFace or AnthonyCook, I can't recall which -RP)
The Flames got out-shot tonight.
They also got out-hit and lost roughly 61% of the face-offs they took. However, after a strong third period - that sounds unfamiliar - they forced overtime, and ultimately won their 25th game of this wacky, wacky season via a Dennis Wideman goal in extra time to leave Staples Center with a 2-1 victory.
The Flames are now in sole possession of the final wild-card playoff spot after 46 games.
Here's what went down in Hollywood tonight.
January 19 2015 12:32PM
We're 45 games into the 2014-15 season and the Calgary Flames enter tonight's game in possession of a playoff spot. The Flames' rebuild is what it is at this point, and the team's positives - their ability to hang in games, to make comebacks and to not let the air entirely out of the proverbial balloon when they get down in games - have out-weighed their negatives.
Are they the NHL's best team? Heck no. They still allow a lot of scoring chances and shots and shot attempts. They're not a fantastic possession team. But roughly (checks calendar) 15 months into the team's reclaimation project, they have an identity, their young players are improving and this is a team that has hung around long enough in the standings to be dangerous.
Tonight, it's the fourth game of their five-game road trip. The road trip began with a 1-0 shutout win over the Vancouver Canucks, and has since featured victories in Glendale, Arizona and San Jose, California. The Flames now face a MASSIVELY IMPORTANT, MEASURING-STICK GAME tonight against the Los Angeles Kings.
January 18 2015 01:30PM
We don't need a silly All-Star game to know who are the REAL stars of the hockey world. All we need is the power of prayer and First Star, Worst Star!
January 18 2015 10:15AM
We're on an off day as the Calgary Flames, on the road, prepare for one of the biggest games of the season tomorrow night in Los Angeles.
The anticipation for tomorrow leads to this week's Open question: What are your game-day rituals?