November 07 2015 02:00PM
Tonight, Calgary hosts the Pittsburgh Penguins; afterwards, they're back on the road.
The Flames have an upcoming four-game road trip that will take them through Florida, up to DC, and over to Chicago before they return back home. It's a trip that spans over about one week, and it's a trip during which the Flames will have an extra body present.
Micheal Ferland, who suffered a sprained knee on an ill-advised hitting attempt, is skating, and he'll be on the road trip to boot. Whether he plays it not yet known, but like with T.J. Brodie joining the Flames on an earlier road trip and then playing, well, you have to get at least a little excited.
November 07 2015 12:00PM
(Sergei Belski - USA Today Sports)
The Calgary Flames played a smart game on Thursday night and got two points, albeit in overtime. Now the Flames are vying to do what they haven't done yet this season: win back-to-back games.
Standing in the way of the Flames (4-9-1) are the Pittsburgh Penguins (9-4-0), fresh off a game last night up Highway 2 against the Edmonton Oilers. The Penguins boast a scary, balanced attack and feature a ton of big-name talent who have quietly began to round into form. And they won last night and probably feel like a 2-1 win over the Oilers was too close for their liking.
The puck drops just after 8pm MT on CBC (with Dave Randorf and Garry Galley) and on Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias).
November 07 2015 09:30AM
Jon Gillies definitely isn't being recalled any time soon.
In what has been an absolutely disastrous season for Calgary Flames goaltending, you wouldn't think it could get any worse - until it did. Sure, it's been abhorrent at the NHL level, but at least there was always the ray of hope from Stockton: a tall rookie playing his first professional season in Gillies.
November 06 2015 01:15PM
Professional sports is a tough, demanding racket. And as fans, followers and folks covering a professional sports organization, the push is always for more, better and faster. If the Flames have a good game, the human thing to do is to want another one, or a better one, or to wonder why the Flames couldn't deliver in that manner faster or more often.
When it comes to building for the organization's future, the same instincts often apply. Yesterday, the Flames sent Keegan Kanzig back to major-junior. The instinct, under the "more, better faster" mindset, is to presume it's he's regressing, or at least not developing as fast as he could, or to compare him to other players the Flames could've taken and scoff. All of those perspectives have validity.
But it's important to note that developments like Kanzig's demotion don't occur in a vacuum and aren't merely a product of a single regime.
November 06 2015 09:00AM
Well, it wasn't a perfect game. Far from it, really. A struggling Philadelphia Flyers squad came to town to face a struggling Flames, and the game played out pretty much as you'd expect.
The Flames got some puck luck on their goals, though, and they got more when it came to shots against them (i.e. Karri Ramo actually made saves through 60 minutes!). It wasn't perfect, but it was an improvement, and at this point, that's all you can really ask for.