April 08 2016 05:51PM
Big news surrounding a (mostly) meaningless game tomorrow in Minnesota, Flames fans are going to get their first look at some new players, and their first look at one of the highly-touted defensemen drafted in 2015.
April 08 2016 02:00PM
Last season, the Flames played a meaningless regular season finale. In it, they rested a bunch of their starters, and a bunch of kids from the farm team got to play in an NHL game. A couple - Sam Bennett, Brett Kulak, John Ramage - even made NHL debuts.
This season, the Flames are playing a meaningless regular season finale. A couple of their starters are too hurt to play in it, though, so some more kids from the farm team will get a crack at an NHL game.
To clarify, Derek Grant sustained a slight injury against Vancouver last night, hence someone being recalled from Stockton. #Flames— Aaron Vickers (@AAVickers) April 8, 2016
April 08 2016 12:00PM
The regular season is just about over. Each NHL team only has a game or two left to play, and then, it'll be time for the playoffs.
Except, of course, for the 14 teams who won't make it to the big dance. One of the Flyers, Bruins, or Red Wings is going to be let down this weekend, eliminated from contention right at the end of the season. The Flames, on the other hand, have known for some time they won't be making the playoffs: and thus, attention has turned towards the bottom of the standings.
At the start of the week, we looked at where the Flames could end up. With just a game left for most now, though, the picture is much clearer.
April 08 2016 10:00AM
Well, there's just one game left. Alas, report card day is Friday, so that final game will have to wait until next week for everyone to get graded on.
In the meantime, we watched the Flames lay the smackdown on both the Oilers and Canucks, and somehow stay toe-to-toe with the Los Angeles Kings, who might just win the Pacific Division. It was an awful week for the tank, but a really fun week for, you know, watching hockey.
The Flames scored 16 goals in three games; how fun is that? Mikael Backlund led the way with six, including his first career hat trick, and an assist to get him seven points. Joe Colborne got seven points, too. Johnny Gaudreau picked up five points. Hunter Shinkaruk picked up his first ever goal on home ice.
Do you need any more proof than Deryk Engelland's two goals in back-to-back games that it was a magical week?
In personnel news, Michael Frolik didn't play all week, and Lance Bouma's season ended two games early. Drew Shore got to join the team, though.
Let's grade 'em.
April 08 2016 08:00AM
I mean, that's pretty much it. There are a couple of Roughnecks games to be played, and they can still make the playoffs, but it will be as a lower seed. And then the only sport left in Calgary will be football.
Hockey is over here. But at least it was a really fun way to go out.