Making Sense of the AHL West Reports

Ryan Pike
January 08 2015 01:00PM

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According to several reports, there's a whole lotta movement going on in the American Hockey League, as the much-rumoured "West Division" moves from a mere notion towards becoming reality.

The AHL's Board of Governors are slated to meet at the end of the month for their regular meeting, coinciding with the league's All-Star festivities. At that point, we may get some details made official. For now, here's the gist of what we think we know about what's happening next season.

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All Kinds of Recalls and Injuries

Ryan Pike
January 08 2015 11:52AM

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There has been a lot of activity for the Flames over the last 24 to 36 hours, both in terms of recalls, demotions and injured players being activated or deactivated.

Here's the gist of it.

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Five things: What to do?

Ryan Lambert
January 08 2015 08:30AM

1. Tough decisions

Trade rumors around the league are now officially starting to swirl, and some minor swaps have already been made as teams that don't think they can compete for a playoff spot sell off pieces. As the winter wears on, more teams are going have to seriously consider whether they're going to push for a playoff spot, solidify their status as a top team with a key addition, or sell off pieces that will position them better for the future.

The trade deadline (March 2) is now only seven weeks away, and while that obviously leaves a lot of time for evaluation, the smartest organizations will be the ones that know where they stand as early as possible. In this way, they can position themselves better for the final push ahead of that deadline.

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Post-Game: Power Outage

Ryan Pike
January 07 2015 11:55PM

After a day that featured demotions, scratches, returns, unscratches, babies and a goaltending change forced by an injury, the Calgary Flames dropped a 3-2 decision at home to the Detroit Red Wings. It was the final game of the first half of this season, and the second straight game where the club came across a little flat.

The Flames now sit at 21-17-3 through 41 games.

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FGD #41: The Half-Way Mark (7:30pm MT, SN360)

Ryan Pike
January 07 2015 11:57AM

Last season, the Calgary Flames hit Game 41 with a rather unimpressive 14-20-6 record (and then they lost). This season, they hit tonight's game - representing that half the sands have passed through the hour-glass - with a pretty solid 21-16-3 record.

To say that the rebuild is progressing is probably a safe statement.

Game 41 this season pits the Flames against the visiting Detroit Red Wings (21-10-9), who are also hitting the half-way mark. Calgary enters the game two points out of a wildcard playoff spot in the West, while the Red Wings sit in third place in the Atlantic Division after their game in Edmonton last night. There are definitely playoff implications at the 'Dome tonight.

The puck drops at 7:30pm. You can catch it on both Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet West, though it's after a Washington/Toronto game on the main network, so maybe stick with 360 if you don't want to risk any over-lap. (Sportsnet 960 The Fan has the game, as always).

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