February 14 2017 07:00AM
This is a four-part series analyzing where each NHL teams stands heading into the trade deadline based on the context of each division, and the short- and long-term implications of buying or selling with the expansion draft around the corner.
The Pacific Division is completely wide open. Though San Jose appears to still be the cream of the crop, the Oilers have showed flashes of brilliance, and the Ducks and Kings have a track record of previous success. The Canucks and Flames are in a difficult situation determining whether to buy or sell, while the Coyotes have known for months that their season is over.
February 13 2017 10:13PM
The addition of the five day break into every National Hockey League club's schedule this season has had its fans and detractors. On one hand, having five days off to rest mid-season is good for players. On the other hand, teams have generally been awful coming out of the break.
The Calgary Flames were no exception to this trend, following up a pretty good first period with an awful second and flat third en route to a 5-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. Caught in the midst of a playoff chase, these were two points that the Flames absolutely could not afford to give away.
February 13 2017 12:00PM
After five days away from the rink, the Calgary Flames are back in game action tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome! The Flames begin the 26-game march to the finish line of the 2016-17 season with a game against the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes are one of the weakest clubs in the Western Conference and a team that the Flames have had a lot of success against this season. Then again, the Coyotes managed to beat the defending Stanley Cup champions (the Pittsburgh Penguins) on Saturday night, so they're not exactly a complete pushover.
The puck drops after 7 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
February 13 2017 10:00AM
After four full days away from the rink, the Calgary Flames gathered at the Stampede Corral for their first practice in almost a week. The top thing on everyone's minds when chatting with the media was the impending beginning of the homestretch for their club: 26 games over 55 days which will determine whether the Flames will be playoff competitors or spectators.
February 13 2017 08:00AM
We're nearing the final quarter of the season and the Flames are still playing meaningful hockey. That might seem like a marginal accomplishment, but it's worth celebrating given the club's start to the season.
Whether they keep playing meaningful games in April will depend very heavily on how they perform through the rest of February and what Brad Treliving accomplishes at the trade deadline. For Calgary to have a legitimate shot at the playoffs, they will have to fend off at least one of the St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings or Nashville Predators down the stretch. To have a better chance at that, they'll need to firm up one of their real areas of need.
Complicating this whole dance, of course, is the upcoming expansion draft. Not only will it influence the Flames' choices when it comes to trades, but it will skew the marketplace around the deadline as well.