November 17 2016 02:00PM
Hello friends, readers, listeners, individuals with murderous intent in their hearts, and the masochist fan base surrounding the Calgary Flames. Over the summer - and especially since the start of the season - we've been trying to align our personal lives and schedules around doing the podcast regularly and in a digestible format.
November 17 2016 12:00PM
We're over 20% of the way through the 2016-17 Calgary Flames schedule and there are quite a few things to talk about. In light of the injury to Johnny Gaudreau and general whispers of an officiating conspiracy in the aftermath of Dennis Wideman's altercation with Don Henderson in January, we felt the need to dig into officiating in Calgary's games so far this season.
We have two broad questions to explore: Is Johnny Gaudreau drawing fewer penalties than he used to? And are the Flames as a team drawing fewer penalties than they used to?
November 17 2016 08:00AM
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Aside from a momentarily lapse in judgement while waiting for the second period to end, you couldn't fault the Flames for anything in this game.
After losing their best offensive player for the foreseeable future, the Flames came back to have another great set of back-to-back games - ones that will, hopefully, provide a spark for this team and its future for the rest of this season. As things currently stand, they're two points out of a playoff spot; however, they've played more than everyone else to date, and when you go by points percentage, they're 27th in the NHL.
So there's still a lot of work to be done, and a steep hill to be climbed. But it's much more entertaining when you see efforts like that from this group.
November 16 2016 11:34PM
A whirlwind 24 hours of games and news for the Calgary Flames ended earlier this evening at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Playing their first of what will likely be several games without star winger Johnny Gaudreau, the Calgary Flames played a scrappy game and dominated the Arizona Coyotes for two periods after a slow start. Despite some superb goaltending from Arizona, the Flames managed a 2-1 overtime win for their second victory in as many nights.
Here's how it went down.
November 16 2016 02:00PM
The Flames stumbling through the first six weeks of the season already has the fan base scrambling for answers. Everyone reasonably expected the club to take at least a modest step forward this season, but instead they are near-league worst in just about every aspect of the game.
A few weeks ago we talked about how long Glen Gulutzan has to turn things around. Things have since turned to hypothetical shake-up trades. Dougie Hamilton's name is already surfacing in trade rumours, while others are starting to wonder if the organization should flip Mark Giordano's deal before it becomes toxic.
When you get off to a 6-10-1 start, nothing is sacred.