Mikael Backlund plays his 400th game tonight

Ryan Pike
November 20 2016 08:00AM

Way, way back in 2007, the Calgary Flames made a move that seemed out of character at the time. After spending a few seasons drafting rugged, big-bodied Western Canadian players of various positions, they dipped into the European scouting pool and selected Mikael Backlund of Vasteras with their first round selection.

Tonight, improbably, he'll play his 400th regular season game with the Flames.

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Marian Hossa's unreviewed goal was probably legal

Ryan Pike
November 19 2016 03:00PM

Last night, the Calgary Flames played one heck of a game against the Chicago Blackhawks. However, with the game deadlocked at two goals apiece, an Artemi Panarin high wrist shot was knocked into the air by goaltender Chad Johnson, landed in the crease (after being contacted with a stick on its downward trajectory), and ended in the net via Marian Hossa.

Fans and onlookers were a bit perplexed by the play, and somewhat frustrated that Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan wasn't able to challenge it under the league's coach's challenge rules.

After reviewing the rules and circumstances of the goal, it's unlikely a challenge would have changed anything.

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Analyzing a potential Dougie Hamilton trade

Jacob Stoller
November 19 2016 12:00PM

There's no denying that Dougie Hamilton is off to a shaky start in his second season as a Flame. After merely a year and a half since being acquired from the Boston Bruins, Hamilton has found his name circulating around the rumour mill and chatter of a possible trade has arisen. 

Hushing those type of rumours isn't easy with Hamilton's struggles becoming apparent, along with the Flames' struggles of their own. But when it's all said and done, would the Flames actually go through with dealing their talented defenseman so soon after acquiring him? 

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Blackhawks 3, Flames 2 post-game embers: Our old friend, the powerplay

Ari Yanover
November 19 2016 08:00AM

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The Flames, overall, played an outstanding game. They were in it every step of the way; neither team outplayed the other to create a lopsided environment. Sure, there were mistakes that led to goals - on both sides. But overall, that was a quality effort from two teams who both put up a good fight.

Sorry, I should have started this with a caveat: I was talking about even strength.

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Post-Game: bad bounces sink good effort

Ryan Pike
November 18 2016 10:31PM

Let's be blunt here: the Calgary Flames have been inconsistent this season. Good performances have been followed by woeful ones, to the point where I'm sure many people who follow this club half-expected them to perform terribly tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks. The law of the season for these guys has been two steps forward, one step back, and they had two good outings so far this week. They were due for a bad one.

Well, the Flames lost tonight by a 3-2 score to the Blackhawks. But the Flames were up to the challenge and only took the L by virtue of some bounces and some nice special teams shooting by Chicago. They did not take the expected slide back into their bad habits and that alone represents a big step forward for this club.

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