Calgary Flames Final Expectations Update

April 16 2015 11:00AM


Fair to say we all more or less guessed that this is where this Flames team would end up by season’s end, right?

It might be worth Brad Treliving making some calls about upgrading the suspension system for the team bus with all the media jumping on the Flames’ bandwagon as this season has worn on.

Whether they made the playoffs or not, one would have had to look very, very hard to find a complaint about the way the season rolled out.

But the Flames are in and the only Canadian teams on the outside looking in right now are the Oilers and Leafs so I can only imagine the warm and fuzzy feelings that elicits in the hearts of Flames fans right now.

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Playoff Post-Game: Flames Grit Out 2-1 Victory

Ryan Pike
April 15 2015 11:14PM

If the notion that the Calgary Flames made the playoffs is enough to give you a heart murmur, I suggest you relegate yourself to a quiet room for the next few weeks, because life is going to get a whole lot weirder.

The first example of that trend? The Calgary Flames have a lead in a playoff series following a very tight-checking, entertaining 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

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Whales Can't Skate

April 15 2015 04:02PM


Because they don't have legs, y'all.

Well, Citizens, our day has come. and for the first time since the birth of this fabulous little blog, we get to cover your Calgary Flames as they battle their way through the playoffs, and for someone who has been doing this writing thing since the Fredrik Modin era in bygone Flames history, this was beginning to look like a day I'd never see.

Nonetheless, we're all here now, and I don't know about you, but I'm itchin' to get down to business! We've been covering our heroes and their chances since that fateful day our brave giantkillers #BeatLA and clinched their spot in the tournament of champions. We've profiled everyone, and will continue to do so.

And we've known this whole time that the Flaming C is facing off against their long time rival and over-border hoodrat Vancouver Canucks, yet here at the Nation, we have not spilled much digital ink talking about that. And I feel it's important we do, because they're the enemy now, one we know so very well, and if we're not hating them, we're not trying. So that's what we're going to do today.

For the past 5 or 6 days, we've heard all the experts and Johnny know it alls in the local media weigh in on the series, and while there are a lot of calls for the plucky underdog Flames to limp on out of the series with their hands raised in victory, most scribes are giving the nod to Vancouver, and putting a lot of lipstick on a pig in the process.

That pig is Kevin Bieksa.

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Pre-Game Skate Update - Game 1

Ryan Pike
April 15 2015 02:00PM

The Flames and Canucks have skated in advance of Game 1 of their series later tonight.

Here's what we know afterwards. I'm not in Vancouver, so here are a bunch of tweets from some fine media persons who are there.

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5 Reasons Why the Flames Will Lose

Kent Wilson
April 15 2015 01:00PM

After Ryan's dose of sunny optimism earlier today, it's time for a cold dose of reality. And who better to deliver that dose than FlamesNation's founding father, the great Kent Wilson.

For almost a decade now I've written season preview pieces for the Calgary Flames. They have almost always featured a series of "what if" questions, sketching the various situations and scenarios that would have to happen for the team to succeed. They have never all hit simultaneously.

Until this year. With the exception of the injury to Mark Giordano injury, everything that could have possibly fallen in Calgary's favour, did. All of their notable kids took huge strides forward. Almost half the roster experienced career high point rates. The team was deadly in third periods, extra time and at 4on4. They drew tons of penalties, took very few and got above average goaltending. If anyone were to sketch out a convoluted plan of how to win despite bottom basement possession, it would be what the Flames managed this year.

It was fun, thrilling, incredible and altogether unlikely. 

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