FGD #48: Home Ice Advantage - To Beat The Predators

Ryan Pike
January 27 2016 12:00PM

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The Calgary Flames hope to go into the All-Star Break not with a whimper but with a bang tonight as they host the Nashville Predators.

The bad news for Calgary is that they've lost five of their last seven games and just finished off a tremendously mediocre road trip that saw them go 1-3-1. Oh, and the Predators are a much better team than Calgary based on the season-to-date. However, Nashville played last night in Vancouver and hopped a plane into town, so the Predators are probably as fresh as the Flames are. That's good news, because the Flames are now in desperation mode and need points anyway they can get 'em.

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

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Is Dougie Hamilton a fifth defenceman?

Ari Yanover
January 27 2016 10:00AM

Dougie Hamilton came to the Flames with a lot of fanfare. Here we had a 22-year-old defenceman who had already played three seasons in the NHL, just coming off of his first season averaging more than 21 minutes a game. Any time you can get ahold of a top four defender that young, the future of your team should be in good shape. 

With T.J. Brodie's broken hand forcing him to miss the first nine games of the season, the door was wide open for Hamilton to become the Flames' new right-hand man on the top pairing. He was just coming off of playing in some of the toughest circumstances his previous team, the Boston Bruins, had to offer, and was going to play alongside Mark Giordano who, barring injuries, had turned into a perennial Norris candidate. Everything was perfect.

Except things didn't go that smoothly. Hamilton (and Giordano, and the entire team, for that matter) stumbled out of the gate, young and in a new conference on a new, still-rebuilding team. He fell to the third pairing, adapted, and worked his way back into the top four.

Except where he should be the Flames' number three guy, his usage and ice time indicates he's more like the fifth. And that's really not how it should be.

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Flames approach to youngsters has changed

Ryan Pike
January 27 2016 08:00AM

One of the most common questions I get from out-of-town friends and relatives is in regards to the Calgary Flames and their differences with the Edmonton Oilers. More specifically, here's how it's normally posed to me:

How come the Flames rebuild seems to be progressing faster than Edmonton's?

The short answer is that if it is, it's because of differences in how Calgary has handled their youngsters - both compared to Edmonton and their past selves.

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How does Aleksander Barkov's new contract impact Sean Monahan?

Mike FAIL
January 26 2016 12:00PM

The second overall pick out of the 2013 NHL Draft was signed to a six-year, $5.9 million AAV contract extension yesterday afternoon. For Panthers fans, this is a big deal, but it does impact the pending Sean Monahan extension. How much will Aleksander Barkov's new contract affect Calgary's scoring centre?

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The Pacific War Room

Nation World HQ
January 26 2016 11:42AM

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In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific Division standings… we present the Pacific War Room!

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