January 15 2015 09:00AM
1. Flames at the half
Well the Flames have now officially meandered through the first half of the schedule (and then some) so now seems like it's good a time as any to kick the tires on where they stand.
As I write this, ahead of last night's games, they're three points out of the last divisional playoff spot, and two out from the last wild card. However, the Canucks, with two games in hand, stand in their way for both those slots in the standings.
January 14 2015 03:03PM
The first half of 2014-15 is officially in the books. We laughed, we cried, we marvelled at about 25 of games of incredible shooting percentage assisted results. No, the Flames haven't become a post-rebuild Chicago Blackhawks type super power (yet) but there are encouraging signs emanating from the newly formed post-Iginla era. Rookies are playing regular minutes, Flames players are in the conversation for major awards and the org actually re-signed a coach (instead of firing him) for a change.
With all this in mind I gathered together FN regulars Book of Loob, Ryan Pike, Taylor McKee, Byron Bader and Beloch to talk about what was in 2014 and what's to come in 2015.
January 14 2015 09:00AM
As we roll towards the next Flames contest, let us continue with our tour through the team's prospects. Since yesterday featured a look at the forwards, now we look at the defensemen and goaltenders.
As with yesterday's look, we're excluding a few guys - players on AHL deals and Corey Potter, who is 31 and not quite a "prospect" in the organization. Brad Thiessen is included, as I think he may be in the team's future plans for reasons we'll get into later.
January 13 2015 09:00AM
It's another practice day for your local sports team, so let's take this brief recess to talk about prospects. Calgary has a lot of prospects, so I decided to split up this check-in into two parts: forwards today, and defensemen and goalies tomorrow.
I excluded Marcus Granlund - since he's spent so much time in the NHL and outside of his face-offs, I'd wager they see him as an NHLer at this point - and anybody on an AHL contract. Also, since Devin Setoguchi and Brian McGrattan aren't prospects, they are also not included.
January 12 2015 03:31PM
It was another rollercoaster weekend for Oilers fans. You were on a high after Friday's convincing victory over Chicago, but the winning ride didn't last long after yesterday's loss to the Florida Panthers.
We are officially past the halfway point of the NHL season, with only the Rangers, Canucks, Panthers and Blue Jackets not playing 41 games, but we've seen 627 of 1230 games played.
Here are some thoughts on the first half and some expectations for the second.