January 30 2014 02:39PM
Tonight, the Calgary Flames (19-27-7) try for their fourth straight victory when they host the San Jose Sharks (34-14-5) at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames have won their last three games, all of which have come on home ice. The three-game winning streak is the Flames longest winning streak of the 2013-14 season. It has been nearly two years since the Flames have won four or more games in a row. The last time the Flames won four straight games was March of the 2011-12 season when they actually won five games in a row from March 6, 2012 to March 15, 2012. Puck drops at 7:00 pm MT on Sportsnet West.
January 30 2014 12:28PM
Fairly significant Olympic hockey news came down this morning, as it was announced that Red Wings forward Johan Franzen will miss the tournament due to an injury. As per tradition, this immediately began speculation regarding who could replace Franzen next month in Russia as part of Team Sweden.
Let's throw this bit of speculation into the fore - could Calgary Flames forward Mikael Backlund be on the short-list?
January 30 2014 09:49AM
1. Cammalleri back tonight*
This was some very good news to come out yesterday morning: The Flames' most tradeable asset is back and ready to go tonight against San Jose.
This is good for a few reasons:
a) It's always great to see someone recover from a concussion because, damn, those are scary.
January 29 2014 07:10PM
Metro News contacted me today to talk about this topic. It was all news to me when they called to tell you the truth.
Short version: apparently a recent episode of Daily Planet showed off a new sports arena concept animation. The concept featured Flames logos and branding pretty prominently.
January 29 2014 10:14AM
It's well-established that the Calgary Flames are not a great 5-on-5 team. They have just 82 goals at even strength, 28th in the NHL (ahead of Montreal and Buffalo), and they've allowed more goals at 5-on-5 than anybody but Nashville, the Islanders and Edmonton.
The reason why other teams are able to overcome their dreadful even-strength totals is their power-play. Calgary's power-play is converting about 14.8% of chances, which places them at 25th in the NHL. For reference, the teams that are worse are Buffalo, Carolina, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Florida, and every team is significantly worse than Calgary. (Spoiler: being bad at even-strength and the PP is why Buffalo is 30th.)
Here's a quick look at just how the Flames PP is doing.