April 22 2013 07:31AM
By: Steve MacFarlane
It’s become traditional for NHL teams who win at home to trot out to centre ice and raise their sticks to the crowd.
The fact the Flames players forced Miikka Kiprusoff to make that celebratory twirl alone on Friday night after he backstopped them to a 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks in the Saddledome finale of this lockout-shortened season was extremely telling.
April 21 2013 07:38PM
If you factor in the additions of Hanowski, the re-signing of MacBackup, the earlier additions of the likes of Sven and Max Power... even the season long astonishing rise of TJ Brodie, there are are actually like eleven new faces to track throughout the line-up.
We've all said this before, but really? What realistic chance do these "kids" have at beating the like of Parise, Backstrom, Koivu and Suter, not too mention a few others? Oh, and the game is away, not the friendliest of environments to your Calgary Flames this season.
The only things is, no body has told thes kids that the Flames don't play well away from the Dome. Or that this team is just playing out the string now with the likes of Tanguay, Glencross and tonight Wideman, out of the line-up. No, they were told to just go out and do their best.
Okay.. Let's see what their best was all about...
April 21 2013 11:25AM
We're into the last four games of the 2013 Calgary Flames season. It ends on the road, so those of you cheering for losses and good odds in the draft lottery can rejoice, because the Flames have been downright lousy on the road this year. They boast the league's 15th best home record and 29th best road record, which is how they enter the game at 25th overall with a 18-22-4 record.
Despite all the injuries, inconsistency and everything else, Calgary can still finish at .500. It's a minor miracle.
April 20 2013 09:33AM
Calgary announced this morning on twitter that the club has re-signed veteran back-up Joey MacDonald to a one year, $925,000 contract.
During the Flames recent mini rebound, MacDonald has had a good couple of contests, but I'll be frank - I don't really understand this move. At least, I don't understand why it was undertaken now. MacDonald is a 33 year old career journeyman goalie with a .903 career save percentage in the NHL. You can pick those up on the trade or free agent market pretty much any day of the week - hell, Calgary acquired him by picking him off of waivers.
April 20 2013 09:10AM
Folks, the Calgary Flames home schedule is over. They defeated the Anaheim Ducks by a 3-1 score on Friday night in their 24th (and final) home date of the truncated 2013 season.
They finish their home schedule with a record of 13-9-2 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. If their road record wasn't so horrible this year (5-13-2), maybe they would've made some noise. Nevertheless, they came into their last home contest and played a smart, energetic game.