THE PACIFIC WAR ROOM

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February 21 2015 08:00AM

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It's Saturday, and that means it's time for another edition of the Pacific War Room. What is the Pacific War Room? Each week, the fine folks at the Royal Half summarize the week that was with hot takes from the best and brightest bloggers from around the Pacific Division. These are those hot takes. 

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Post-Game: The (Other) Comeback Kids

Ryan Pike
February 20 2015 10:16PM

Tonight, the Calgary Flames entered the third period in an enviable position.

They were up a goal, at home. Game over, right? Nope. Because the Flames, the NHL's best third period comeback team, were facing the top team in the Pacific...and the NHL's second-best third period comeback team.

After surrendering five goals in the final frame in one of the worst frames of hockey they've played in a while, the Calgary Flames lost their first game all season after leading through 40 minutes, by a 6-3 score.

Here's how it all fell apart at the Saddledome tonight.

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FGD #59: Western Night (7pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
February 20 2015 01:00PM

With just 24 games left to go, things continue to get real for the Calgary Flames. Tonight, they finish off their homestand and play their final home game until after the Tim Hortons Brier - until March 11 - as they face the Anaheim Ducks. (Coincidentally, the March 11 game is also against Anaheim...)

The Flames (32-22-4) are coming off a tough overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild in a game where the Flames probably deserved better. Regardless of the loss, the Flames are 7-3-1 in the 11 games since the All-Star Break. They host the Ducks (35-16-7), who have lost five of their last six games and are 4-6-1 since the All-Star Break. The Ducks aren't in any real danger of losing ground, but they need momentum as they head into the playoffs.

Puck drop is at 7pm MT tonight on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. Oh, and it's Western Night at the Scotiabank Saddledome, y'all!

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Adjusted Corsi: Possible Trade Targets

Byron Bader
February 20 2015 11:00AM

The trade deadline is rapidly approaching and there are questions abound of what the Flames are going to do.  Will they stand pat and just consider this a lucky year early in a rebuild? Will they look to add a piece to help drive them towards the playoffs?  If they do add something, what are they on the market for - an elite piece, a natural right shooting right winger, a middle-tier defenceman that can drive the play north? Will they ship anybody out the other way? 

The question I have is there anybody who's flying under the radar? Are there players that are performing way beyond expectations and could be had on the cheap? To find out, we're going to have a look adjusted corsi and potential trade targets.

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How TJ Brodie made Mark Giordano one of the best defencemen in the NHL

arii
February 20 2015 09:00AM


[Editor's note: Please everyone, give a kind welcome to the FlamesNation team to arii, who you may know best from her superb work over at Matchsticks and Gasoline!]

Everybody loves Mark Giordano - or at least, they should. The guy has all the makings of a great story: nice, humble guy who was never drafted, only to unanimously be chosen to follow up Jarome Iginla as team captain, become an All-Star, and be on the verge of winning the Norris Trophy. 

And that last one would be a pretty big deal. Only question is, just how did he get to that point?

Something changed at the start of the 2013-14 season. First, he was named captain, which probably gave him a new surge of confidence. And second, he got a new defence partner: a 23-year-old former fourth round pick by the name of TJ Brodie.

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