News and Notes - January 12 2015

Ryan Pike
January 12 2015 09:13AM

It's a practice day for your Calgary Flames as they prepare themselves for the remaining four games of their current "road trip" - a big one including stops in Glendale, San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim - so let's take some time to poke around the various happenings regarding the local hockey club.

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Sunday Open Thread: Playoffs or Bust?

Ryan Pike
January 11 2015 12:00PM

It's Sunday, so let's ruminate on some things before we delve into the meaty topics again on Monday.

First off, if you can, head down to the 'Dome today at 1pm (or turn on Sportsnet), because the powerhouse Brandon Wheat Kings and the Calgary Hitmen are having a game. You can see three Flames draft picks - Keegan Kanzig for the Hitmen and Morgan Klimchuk and Eric Roy for the Wheaties.

Secondly, given that publicly, the Flames have really leaned on the playoffs as something they should achieve, will the reason be a disappointment if they don't make it? Is it truly playoffs or bust? And has your personal tone changed given the Flames' recent slide down the standings?

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Post-Game: Winning Ugly

Ryan Pike
January 10 2015 11:03PM

Roughly a day and a half after reenacting the plot from Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Joni Ortio made his first appearance of the season for the Flames in the back-half of a back-to-back for his team. Sixty minutes of calm goaltending later, he left Vancouver with a win and his first National Hockey League shutout.

The Flames eked out a 1-0 win on the road against a team they haven't had much success against, backstopped by a goaltender who went through a 40-hour travel nightmare to get back to the big leagues. Life's funny like that.

As for the game? It was ugly, but Ortio and the Flames found a way to beat the Vancouver Canucks. Here's how it went down at Rogers Arena tonight.

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FGD #43: The Little Things (CBC; 8pm MT)

Ryan Pike
January 10 2015 11:15AM

A shade over 24 hours after their sloppy-as-heck 6-5 home loss to the Flo-Rida Panthers, the Calgary Flames are back in action, hoping to get back on the horse and win some darn games.

However, on a three-game losing streak, the Flames (21-18-3) now face off with the Vancouver Canucks (23-13-3), an old rival that they have had trouble beating in recent years. However, Calgary can get back to their winning ways tonight if they stick to doing the little things right.

What little things? Connecting on passes, clearing out the defensive zone effectively, and managing the mental side of the game (e.g., not letting things get away from them all of a sudden). The team has been sloppy as all heck on those three things over the past three games, so it's not surprising that they've lost all three of them.

The puck drops at 8pm MT on CBC (with Dave Randorf and Gary Galley) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias).

For a view from the other side, check out those fine folks over at Canucks Army!

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THE PACIFIC WAR ROOM

Nation World HQ
January 10 2015 07:30AM

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Courtesy of The Royal Half, here's a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. We present the latest instalment of Pacific War Room for the 2014-15 NHL Season!

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