Top to Bottom — Trade Deadline Edition: Central Division

Cam Lewis
February 16 2017 07:00AM

This is a four-part series analyzing where each NHL teams stands heading into the trade deadline based on the context of each division, and the short- and long-term implications of buying or selling with the expansion draft around the corner. 

The decline of both the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars coupled with the Chicago Blackhawks likely being trigger shy due to multiple years of buying at the deadline has given the Minnesota Wild a perfect opportunity to thrust themselves to the top of the Central Division standings. Their biggest competition has been the underachieving Nashville Predators, who are one piece away from being a legitimate contender. And that piece could be held by the worst team in the division, the Colorado Avalanche. 

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Post-Game: Flames ground Flyers

Ryan Pike
February 15 2017 11:01PM

Monday night was a rough game for the Calgary Flames, as they didn't look very poised or composed and they dropped a 5-0 decision to the bottom-dwelling Arizona Coyotes. Tonight, the Flames had a chance to bounce back. They managed to grind out a 3-1 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers in a game where they spent the majority of their time defending.

After Monday's stinker, this was a game that the Flames had to win to keep pace. They managed to do so.

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Are the Flames playing in more one-sided games than last season?

Ryan Pike
February 15 2017 02:00PM

Hockey writers are a lot like fans. We sit through the same games that fans do, though the majority of the time we don't have the option to stop watching if the games get ugly. Midway through the Calgary Flames' 5-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night, a thought came into my head.

"It feels like the Flames have lost more one-sided games than they did last year."

With that feeling gnawing at me, I dug into the numbers to see if the Flames have truly been out of games more often than they have in the past.

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FGD 58: Mirror images (7:30pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
February 15 2017 12:00PM

Just 48 hours after laying an egg against the Arizona Coyotes, the Calgary Flames are back at it at the Scotiabank Saddledome. They'll hope to put their flat effort behind them as they host the Philadelphia Flyers. In several ways, the Flyers are the Flames' mirror image: they're 9th in the East and are chasing down a playoff spot. They're a mixture of young talent and expensive older players. Even their underlying numbers are nearly identical! It should be a very intriguing game, and a big contest for both clubs.

The puck drops at 7:30 pm. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Flames sign Matt Bartkowski to PTO

February 15 2017 10:46AM

The Calgary Flames made a minor announcement this morning, singing former Providence Bruin Matt Bartkowski to a PTO with the team. Bartkowski isn't a household name by any stretch but that's not stopping the Flames from trying to solve some of the depth issues impacting the team's blueline.

It's hard to discern what actual value Bartkowski offers at the NHL level at this point, but he's in town for now at least and Glen Gulutzan has some understanding of what he can offer from Gulutzan's time with Vancouver.

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