Which Flames should go to the All-Star Game?

Ryan Pike
January 09 2017 02:00PM

The reserves for the National Hockey League's somewhat annual All-Star Game will be announced later this week. As we saw last year, the NHL is sending contingents representing each of its four divisions to Los Angeles for a three-on-three tournament for bragging rights. Each division has a roster featuring two goalies, three defensemen and six forwards, and the league ensures every team has a player at the event when the rosters are announced.

Last season, the Pacific Division (featuring Calgary Flames representatives Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Giordano) captured the All-Star championship. With Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers already voted the Pacific's captain, we'll handicap which Flames players will represent Calgary at the event.

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FGD 43: Going to Winnipeg (6pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
January 09 2017 12:00PM


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The Calgary Flames beat a western Canadian rival on Saturday night, besting the Vancouver Canucks by a 3-1 score. Tonight they're back in action against another conference rival in the form of the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets have been playing pretty well lately, though they're suddenly without Patrik Laine and are a bit less of a handful for the Flames. But the Flames will need to be sharp, as they're heading into one of the NHL's toughest buildings in search of two much-needed points.

The puck drops at 6 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. For the curious, the Jets are wearing their Heritage Classic jerseys and the Flames will be wearing their home red jerseys. Wacky!

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Flames recall Brett Kulak, return Tyler Wotherspoon to Stockton

Ari Yanover
January 09 2017 11:00AM

On the surface, it's a pretty minor move; however, there may be some bigger implications to be found.

The Flames still have just 22 healthy players with Troy Brouwer out. However, there's been a swap of defencemen: Brett Kulak is back up with the Flames, and Tyler Wotherspoon is back down with the Stockton Heat.

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SPEAKING WITH THE ENEMY: Flames at Jets

Nation World HQ
January 09 2017 10:00AM

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The Flames and Jets hook up for the second time this season and we've asked writers from both FlamesNation and JetsNation to get us set up for the game. We've also put together a few quick stats to get you ready for the last Nation battle of the year. 

Please note that this article is posted at both FlamesNation and JetsNation

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FN Mailbag - January 9, 2017

Kent Wilson
January 09 2017 08:00AM

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Just over a week into the new year and the Flames have crested an important threshold: they're a break even shot attempt team. 

As of today according to Corsica Hockey, the Flames' corsi ratio is 50.39, good for 13th in the league. This is a big step forward from the Hartley era, a fact our own Ryan Pike illustrated recently on Twitter:

The image shows the Flames' cumulative shot attempt differential over the course of each of the last three seasons (including this one). As you can see, the new Glen Gulutzan era has managed to keep things more of less even (despite a terrible start to the year), which is encouraging for both fans and management. 

Which isn't to say the Flames still don't have real issues and gaps to explore. However, Getting back to treading water possession-wise was a primary goal for the club. If they can keep this up for the rest of the season, I think Brad Treliving and the rest of the management group can consider this year a real step forward, even if the roster is still far from perfect. 

In the mailbag today we talk about trade targets, the trade deadline and why the PP is suddenly so much better.

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