January 07 2017 11:24PM
A day after losing a close, crucial game to their most hated rival, the Calgary Flames were back at it tonight against the Vancouver Canucks. The Flames scored a pair of goals in the first period and then largely held on for dear life, surviving a turbulent second period that saw them play rather poorly. Despite those stumbles, Calgary soldiered on for a 3-1 victory against Vancouver.
January 07 2017 02:00PM
The NHL points system is a little... odd, to say the least.
I mean, you get points for losing. That's really all you have to say to question it. That doesn't make sense.
But it does create the interesting spectacle of three-point games, which contributes to intense playoff races. That's a large part of the justification for the system, and it's been going strong for several years now.
There's another points system that the NHL could adopt instead, though: three points for a win, two points for an overtime win, one point for a shootout win, and no points for a loss. The idea behind it: you don't reward teams for losing, and you don't encourage them to just wait out the clock and play for overtime instead of playing to win, either.
Would it make that much of a difference in the standings, though?
January 07 2017 12:01PM
The Calgary Flames headed to Vancouver last night to play one of their most important games of the season against the Canucks. They out-shot Vancouver in each period. They out-chanced Vancouver. They out-everythinged Vancouver, frankly. But they lost 4-2 due to bounces and some heroic goaltending from Ryan Miller.
The Flames get a second chance to beat Vancouver tonight at the Saddledome. Much like yesterday's contest, the game has tremendous importance due to its playoff implications. Both teams want to hang around the playoff pack as long as possible, ideally in a playoff spot. A win tonight (for either side) will help them do just that.
The puck drops at 8 p.m. MT on CBC and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
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January 07 2017 11:00AM
The second matchup of this weekend's home-and-home sees the Canucks and Flames moving back to Calgary and, once again, we've asked writers from both FlamesNation and CanucksArmy to get you set for tonight's rematch. We've also put together a few notes to get you ready for game one of the home and home.
Please note that this article is posted at both CanucksArmy and FlamesNation
January 07 2017 08:00AM
I mean... (Via HockeyStats.ca).