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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Flames February Prospect NHLE 2013-14

Justin Azevedo
March 13 2014 03:30PM

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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.

For the previous NHLE updates, click here: OCT NOV DEC JAN. For an NHLE primer, click here. I keep a running total here.

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Race To The Bottom: One Month To Go

Ryan Pike
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).

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Five things: Of power dynamics, ambiguity, and rookies

Ryan Lambert
March 13 2014 09:01AM


1. Something I've been thinking about

I don't know why this occurred to me the other day, but it did and I thought it was interesting vis a vis Brian Burke and his role with the team.

(I apologize, by the way, for bringing up something along these lines again, but there's very little else to talk about with regard to this team of late. Anyway, this is also pretty front-of-mind for me right now for another reason I'll get to in a minute.)

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