November 25 2014 11:47PM
Tonight the Calgary Flames attempted to finally overcome the Disneyland Curse by beating the Anaheim Ducks in the Honda Center.
Despite following their typical game-plan to the tee - spotting their opponent a few goals and then trying to come back in the third period - they did not win in Anaheim. The final score was 3-2.
They came that close. Their next chance will be January 21, the last game prior to the All-Star Break.
November 25 2014 02:22PM
- pic via deviantART
The Flames' recent success - or lack thereof - in Anaheim can be simply described with one acronym. LOL. Loss on Loss...or Laugh Out Loud, depending on how annoying you are.
Since January 19th, wait for it, 2004(!!) the Calgary Flames' haven't been able to "put it in the win column" against the Anaheim Ducks in their home rink, and have been accumulating LOL with each visit to the city that isn't Los Angeles but pretty much is but technically isn't (I mean come on, they share a baseball team!).
In fact, the last time the Flames won in Anaheim, the Ducks weren't even known as the Ducks, rather as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Well, even though they haven't been Mighty for some time now, their mastery of the Flames at the pond is unparalleled.
For a while now, every meeting between the Ducks and Flames in Orange County is met with the "Is This The Game Calgary Snaps The Streak?" articles and then followed with the "Nope" articles. This is another one of those lead up articles. We're hoping for a different follow up, though.
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November 25 2014 10:54AM
NHL Fantasy Hockey tips from The Nation Network and DailyFaceoff.com. Here’s a quick run through of the best Fantasy Hockey waiver adds, sleepers and buy-low sell-high candidates for the week (Based on 12 team leagues).
November 25 2014 10:29AM
We are now well into the 2014/2015 rendition of the National Hockey League's regular season, and things around the Calgary, Alberta based team is far rosier than anyone - aside from the apparently brilliant Aaron Ward - could have ever predicted.
The Calgary Flames are listed under "Pacific Division" not "Wild Card" in the Standings and everything seems to be going right for them. They seem to be rolling on Colorado-like luck with the successful empty net pulls with 3 minutes to go and all the third period comebacks, but hey, I'm sure not complaining. It's been a heck of a ride.
November 24 2014 01:30PM
I argued many years ago that an NHL prospect needs at least two of three things to break into the league: talent, opportunity and luck. The reality is a bit more complicated, of course, but as a simple rule of thumb it tends to hold.
The first two factors are self explanatory. Luck, the third, is the tricky one, both to obtain and understand. My consideration of luck as a key factor in getting kids to the show was based on the illustrative example of David Moss some years ago in Calgary. I think it's an illustrative example of what's happening with Granlund currently and why it will likely mean he's destined to stick in the big league.