NHLN Notebook: ASU Falls Through, Shattenkirk in Jersey, and Deadline Selling in a False Parity League

Christian Pagnani
February 06 2017 11:46AM


The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article. 

The Coyotes plans to stay in Arizona have been foiled, and with the trade deadline approaching, we explore a new possible suitor for Kevin Shattenkirk, a Brandon Davidson trade, and who, with the reality of false parity, the NHL's sellers are. 

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FN Mailbag - February 6, 2017

Kent Wilson
February 06 2017 10:00AM

The end of January seems have brought about the end of the Flames' perilous dry spell. Since returning to work from the all-star break, Calgary has scored nine goals in two games. That's more than they managed in the previous four losses combined. 

That's good news because the club needs to make hay this month if they are to have any chance at a playoff berth. The race in the West is starting to tighten up with St. Louis, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Calgary all battling for a handful spots. The Flames (57 points) currently own the wildcard position ahead of the Blues (55 points) and the Jets (54 points), though St. Louis has three games in hand.

So now would be an ideal time to get hot. Reel off a string of wins in February and Brad Treliving can look to add at the deadline and hopefully pull away from at least two of the competitors listed above. 

In this edition of the mailbag, we focus on the Flames' potential for wheeling and dealing as the trade deadline rapidly approaches.

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Rangers 4, Flames 3 post-game embers: An acceptable loss

Ari Yanover
February 06 2017 08:00AM

Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports

No team is ever going to have a perfect season, 1972 Miami Dolphins aside. And they played considerably fewer games than the 82 that make up the NHL's regular season.

So fact of the matter is, sometimes you're going to play well enough and still lose. It happens. Maybe it's one single moment that costs you your chance at victory. That doesn't mean you played poorly, or were failures. Sometimes that just means you didn't win.

The Flames lost to the Rangers. They still had a good game, though.

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Post-Game: Missed opportunities in Manhattan

Ryan Pike
February 05 2017 03:28PM

(Adam Hunger / USA Today Sports)

Let's be blunt here: afternoon games aren't usually that good. It's obvious watching them that both teams are out of their comfort zones, having their usual routines knocked off-kilter by a strange start time. The Calgary Flames had a nice opportunity to capture some points this afternoon against a New York Rangers team that wasn't its usual scary self.

However, the Flames blew a first period lead and then trailed much of the rest of the way, primarily on the back of a few costly unforced errors in their own end. They dropped a 4-3 afternoon decision to the Rangers.

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FGD 55: Matinee Square Garden (noon MT, SN 360)

Ryan Pike
February 05 2017 08:00AM

(Sergei Belski / USA Today Sports)

We love HOME games; have Liquor Depot deliver in under an hour. Click, pick, sit back and watch the game.

It's Super Bowl Sunday! A year ago, this date represented just how far off track the Calgary Flames were as a trio of the team's youngsters were benched following some tardiness to practice. This season? The Flames are riding a three game winning streak into a rare matinee game, as the National Hockey League attempts to squeeze their Sunday schedule in before kickoff. They face a tough Eastern Conference opponent in the New York Rangers.

Puck drop is just after noon MT on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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