November 23 2016 02:00PM
Here's a picture of Adam Fox playing international hockey. Yes, it counts.
The year 2016 is moving by ridiculously quickly (thank God for that, some would say). Today's date is Nov. 23. That means we're just a shade over a month away from World Juniors, and just a few weeks from camp rosters being announced. It's the most wonderful time of the year.
With a young and good prospect system, the Flames could see a handful of their own representing their countries. We're going to quickly break down some of the eligible players and their chances of making the tournament based on position battles and league performances.
November 23 2016 12:00PM
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We love HOME games; have Liquor Depot deliver in under an hour. Click, pick, sit back and watch the game.
As the curtain rises on today's National Hockey League schedule, there is one indisputable fact: the Calgary Flames have more losses than any other outfit in the league. Just two games into their six game mega-trip, the Flames have played one good game (in Detroit) and one game where they struggled (in Buffalo). Tonight they face a stiff test against John Tortorella's Columbus Blue Jackets, one of the most offensively potent teams in the NHL.
It's another early one, with a 5 p.m. MT start on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
November 23 2016 10:30AM
For a brief stint after Johnny Gaudreau was hurt, it looked like Sean Monahan was finding his game on a new line with Sam Bennett and Troy Brouwer.
Last week in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Monahan played over 19 minutes, scored two points and was one of the Flames' better skaters on the night. Maybe the 22-year-old had finally shaken the malaise that had infected his play since the start of the season?
Unfortunately the young centre followed that performance with a pair of simply putrid games on the road against the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres. His line was the worst for the Flames on both evenings. In fact, it's arguable Monahan and Troy Brouwer were two of the main reasons the Flames lost the game in Buffalo.
November 23 2016 08:00AM
After Calgary's 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 1, Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan was not happy. "The most frustrating thing for me is we made the exact same mistake on the penalty kill that we did the night before, which we addressed this morning. That's the most frustrating."
The mistake? Yet another tip-in goal by an opposing power play. It's become a continual vulnerability for the Flames this season, so we thought we'd illustrate for our readers precisely what the coach was talking about (and perhaps ponder what can be done about it).
November 22 2016 02:00PM
I occasionally think of this column as some kind of quality control report. Sometimes, the best news is no news. As I've seen over the past few weeks, folks have been scoring consistently, so there's nothing really important to report. The stats speak for themselves. I just point out worrisome/promising trends.
I am sorry to say that I have to report something this week. Of course, this is week-to-week so there's no need for panic yet, but there were some prospects who didn't have great weeks. We're going to talk about them.