Is Mark Giordano a Norris Candidate?

Kent Wilson
March 17 2014 07:55AM


It's not secret now, but Mark Giordano is having a hell of a season.

There were a few whispers that the Flames captain was in consideration as a 7th defenseman for Team Canada before the Olympic team was finalized. He didn't make the cut, however since the Olympic break Giordano is actually the hottest scoring defender in the league with two goals and 11 points in 10 games.

That outburst has him at 39 points in 50 games, for a career high point-per-game pace of 0.78. Over a full season, that projects to almost 64 points. 0.78 is also the second best PPG rate of any defender in the league behind Erik Karlsson.

Them be Norris-type numbers.

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Post-Game: Thirsty for a Win

Justin Azevedo
March 15 2014 10:45PM

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The Flames were hoping for a second straight 2-goal comeback (and third straight win) tonight in Phoenix, and they almost had it. Unfortunately, a mess of penalties in the third would ultimately sink the Flames and allow the Coyotes to come away with a 3-2 win in regulation.

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FGD: A Horse With No Name

Christian Roatis
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 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.

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Post-Game: Spoil Sports

Ryan Pike
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.

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FGD: Return of the Mac

Taylor McKee
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

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