November 18 2015 08:00AM
The Calgary Flames, more or less, played a complete game. They scored early. They maintained their lead. They rolled their lines, they made sensible deployments.
Sure, special teams still need some work. Despite four powerplay opportunities, no goals were scored; they gave up a goal on one of three penalty kills (to Jordin Tootoo, who is apparently a powerplay guy now). But for the most part, you have to be happy with how the Flames played.
They won, and they looked composed while doing so.
November 17 2015 10:08PM
After a road trip where they took just two of a possible eight points, I think it's safe to say that the Calgary Flames really needed a win tonight. In front of a surprisingly boisterous Scotiabank Saddledome - given the opponent, day of week and weather - the Flames weren't pretty at times, but they managed to skate to a 3-2 victory over the visiting New Jersey Devils.
Here's how it happened.
November 17 2015 02:00PM
The Calgary Flames have had one of their worst starts to a season in franchise history. They're 6-12-1. They have two regulation wins through 19 games. They haven't just reminded everyone they're a rebuilding team; they've loudly declared it while turning towards the path that leads to Auston Matthews.
And yet, somehow, despite all of this, they're just six points out of a playoff spot. This is thanks to the fact that the Pacific Division is, to put it kindly, godawful; but three teams from it will be in the playoffs regardless.
It's how they got in the playoffs last year, actually.
November 17 2015 12:00PM
(Candice Ward / USA Today Sports)
The Calgary Flames are back home after a disappointing four-game sojourn throughout the United States that saw them capture just two (of a possible eight) points. Now, the Flames hope to get back into the win column and try to create some momentum for themselves when they face the New Jersey Devils.
The Devils have drawn comparisons to Calgary from last season; they're not overly amazing at anything, but they've been good enough when it counts to bank a good amount of points in the standings. Now, the Flames are looking up at the Devils and probably going "Man, why can't we do that?" (It's their defensive zone play, by the way.)
The puck drops just after 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
November 17 2015 09:00AM
The Calgary Flames added goaltender Kevin Poulin late last week in a trade that saw precisely zero assets head the other way. This means that they've added a contract without divesting themselves of one, which complicates their ability potentially to do other things later on in the season.
This begs the question: how many active contracts do the Flames have right now?