March 15 2014 03:35PM
Well, last night happened. Down 3-1 with 20 minutes to play against a team fighting for playoff breath, and the Flames grind out a W. Regardless of your position in the #winningculture vs. #tankmode debate, last night was a fun night to be a Flames fan. I won't get into that though, for it's a can of worms I'm not intent on opening at the moment.
Tonight, it'll be a quick turnaround as the squad will play in the quiet, undisturbed confines of Jobing.com arena against the soon to be named Arizona Coyotes. In theory, the 'Yotes, battling for their playoff lives, should hungrily dismantle a tired, lowly Flames squad. That is theory though, and Flames have spit in the face of theory all season, so for all we know the Coyotes could get blown out of the water. What a weird team this Flames group is. Great fun to watch though, so I guess that's all you can ask for when you're rebuilding.
March 14 2014 10:31PM
The Calgary Flames hit the road on Friday night, heading down to the heart of Texas - Dallas, Texas - to visit the Stars. With Dallas in the thick of the playoff hunt, the Flames were sure to be in for an intense 60 minutes of hockey. With fourth-string goalie Joey MacDonald in net, they overcame a rocky start and played a strong final 20 minutes and gave themselves a chance to win.
And then they won. Again. Against a team fighting for their playoff lives. With a key goal scored by a rookie.
March 14 2014 01:48PM
Tonight could be a battle of the two least conventional goaltenders in the NHL. It's gonna be awesome. Tim Thomas in one net and your friend and mine, back from the ends of the earth, Joey MacDonald in the other.
Even though I know Flames fans are still basking in the glow of Wednesday night's 7-2 thrashing of one of the Western Conference's best teams, but this game brings an opponent with a history of embarrassing the Flames this season. In their previous two meetings, the Stars have won 5-1 and 7-3 in two of the worst losses the Flames have suffered this season.
The Stars are also in the midst of a Playoff race so they will be a motivated team but who doesn't like to spoil good things? The Flames are looking to continue their strong post-deadline play and help de-rail the Stars chances at the post-season.
Lineups and preview after the jump
March 13 2014 03:30PM
Via halifaxdrunk on Flickr
Somehow, they've improved.
Last month, I talked about the overall health of the prospect system, particularly at forward. Well, since then, we've seen an NHLE increase across the board (mean of 25.7 to mean of 26.6), the debut of a defenseman in the NHL and a couple of goalies step up their game. The on-ice results may not be there right now, but there's a good chance they will be in the future. We're using stats from last month, but I'm writing this on the 11th - so excuse the disconnect.
March 13 2014 01:08PM
Lads and ladies, we're now one month away from the end of the NHL's 2013-14 regular season. While for many clubs that means fretting about playoff seedings and potential first-round match-ups, for the province of Alberta - and a few others - it means worrying about the NHL Draft and lottery positions.
There are five NHL clubs with a bonafide chance at the NHL's bottom seed. Here's a look at how they sit with a month to go, and most importantly, their individual chances at falling to dead-last (and getting a top pre-lottery selection).