November 21 2014 11:28AM
It's an off-day for your Calgary Flames (12-7-2) after a pretty entertaining but ultimately disappointing loss against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Saddledome.
With a slight lull as the team prepares for the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night, let's check in with the kids in the system, shall we?
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November 21 2014 07:00AM
Oilers losing culture, Leaf problems, Flames and Canucks continue to surprise, Mike Richards, regression and more in this weeks Roundup.
November 20 2014 10:37PM
Perhaps we should have known it was over when Daniel Carcillo scored.
I think a lot of people, even armed with the knowledge that the Flames were ahead of them in the standings, expected the Blackhawks to walk into Calgary tonight and leave with 2 points. Which, as we know, they did. However, the assumption would have been that they would have skated out onto the Saddledome ice, thoroughly hand Calgary their young, swaddled, asses and move on without breaking a sweat.
Not so. The Flames hung around until the end in this one, and by no means was this cake for the 2013 Cup Champions. If not for a bit of a puck handling gaffe by Jonas Hiller midway through the third, perhaps I could be writing about how your Calgary Flames lost in overtime tonight.
But here we are. The Flames lose 4-3 in regulation, but all in all pass a pretty decent test. Join us for the ride, won't you?
November 20 2014 01:05PM
After facing - and ultimately passing - a big test against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night, the Calgary Flames hit the ice for the fourth game of their five game homestand when they host the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Flames are somehow 12-6-2 and sit 7th overall in the entire National Hockey League after the first quarter of the season. (I swear, I'll eventually preview games without writing "somehow" before the Flames record.) The Blackhawks are the Blackhawks - they're a strong, deep team who have some sure-fire NHL stars and some sure-fire NHL firepower. They sit 10-7-1, and are sub-.500 on the road so far this season.
The puck drops at 7pm MT and this clash of titans airs on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
November 20 2014 10:34AM
1. At the quarter pole
This is beginning to defy explanation, really. That's all you can say about it.
We're almost all the way through November and the Flames sit SIXTH in the National Hockey League, with 26 points from 20 games. They're only three points back of the league-leading Canadiens, who have played the same number of games against a much tougher schedule.
I am incredulous. Plus-10 goal differential, only six regulation losses, nearly unbeatable both home and away. They've taken points from eight of their last 10 games. It defies explanation.