A brief overview of the recent history between the Flames and Kings

April 09 2015 11:00AM

So... the Flames play the Kings tonight, and it's kind of a big deal.

When Bob Hartley became the Flames' head coach, Darryl Sutter already had half a season of the Kings under his belt. The Flames' record against the Kings ever since the games became a Hartley vs. Sutter matchup is an even 6-6.

That first season was a floundering mess, though. Thanks to the lockout, Hartley didn't get to have a normal training camp with his new team. Then the team realized they were bad and traded away star players and everything was sad and miserable, right up until about the time Sean Monahan happened.

In the time since Hartley has become acquainted with the Flames, things against Los Angeles got really, really wacky.

The upcoming chapter is the most important one yet.

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Flames Swap Goalies: Ortio Up, Thiessen Down

Ryan Pike
April 09 2015 10:34AM

The morning of a big Pacific Division collision, the Calgary Flames have made a roster move.

The club announced this morning that Joni Ortio has been recalled from the Adirondack Flames of the AHL, presumably on an emergency basis. Brad Thiessen has been returned to the Baby Flames.

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The Nation Drafts Playoff Pool: Play for Charity, Fun, and Glory

Ryan Pike
April 09 2015 09:27AM


It's nearly the end of the hockey season, and while we're starting to get excited at the prospect of the playoffs(!), we're also excited to announce the return of something we do every year at this time: the Nation Drafts playoff pool!

The Nation Drafts playoff pool is fun, inexpensive, proceeds benefit a worthy cause, and you could win prizes! What's not to love? Read on for more details.

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5 things: The big game(s)

Ryan Lambert
April 09 2015 09:00AM

1. This is basically it

At this point you can basically surmise that the entire 80-game season to this point comes down to tonight's game with Los Angeles.

Not actually and not all the way, of course, because the Kings could still win and then the playoff outcomes reset to being entirely dependent upon Saturday's games, but the Flames haven't played anything even resembling a game this big in years. Let alone one in the regular season.

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Calgary's Best Case Scenario

Pat Steinberg
April 08 2015 05:20PM

sub vs. scorp

The Calgary Flames haven't clinched a playoff spot yet. If they do, however, they'll be playing the Vancouver Canucks. There can be no other scenario for the Flames if they return to the postseason for the first time since 2009. For Calgary, they either play the Canucks in round one or they miss. Assuming they get in, having their opponent locked in isn't an awful thing, specifically because of who that opponent is.

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