Post-Game: Flames too hot for the Wings

Ryan Pike
November 20 2016 08:59PM

(Raj Mehta / USA Today Sports)

Heading out onto the road for their longest trip of the season and without their biggest offensive weapon, the Calgary Flames likely hoped to continue their stretch of responsible team play that stretches back to the game against Minnesota where Johnny Gaudreau got hurt. Well, so far so good.

Aside from a couple rough patches, the Flames played a rock solid 60 minutes of road hockey. They got timely offense from three of their four lines and solid goaltending from Chad Johnson en route to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings to kick off their six game road trip.

That's four solid games in a row for these guys.

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FGD 20: A farewell trip to the Joe (5:30pm MT, SN West/national)

Ryan Pike
November 20 2016 12:00PM

(Rick Osentoski / USA Today Sports)

We love HOME games; have Liquor Depot deliver in under an hour. Click, pick, sit back and watch the game.

Have the Calgary Flames turned the corner? That's the question on everybody's minds after the past week, which saw the club play some shockingly consistent hockey and win twice – and heck, they deserved to get some points out of that game with Chicago on Friday. The Flames' consistency will be put to the test over the next 10 days as they hit the road for their longest trip of this season, a six game jaunt through the Eastern Conference. It begins tonight with their last-ever trip to Joe Louis Arena to visit the Detroit Red Wings.

It's a rare national broadcast of Flames hockey tonight – part of Sportsnet's Hometown Hockey series – with the puck dropping at 5:30 p.m. MT on the national Sportsnet feeds (including West) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

Head on over to Wings Nation to check out their coverage of tonight's game!

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Mikael Backlund plays his 400th game tonight

Ryan Pike
November 20 2016 08:00AM

Way, way back in 2007, the Calgary Flames made a move that seemed out of character at the time. After spending a few seasons drafting rugged, big-bodied Western Canadian players of various positions, they dipped into the European scouting pool and selected Mikael Backlund of Vasteras with their first round selection.

Tonight, improbably, he'll play his 400th regular season game with the Flames.

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Marian Hossa's unreviewed goal was probably legal

Ryan Pike
November 19 2016 03:00PM

Last night, the Calgary Flames played one heck of a game against the Chicago Blackhawks. However, with the game deadlocked at two goals apiece, an Artemi Panarin high wrist shot was knocked into the air by goaltender Chad Johnson, landed in the crease (after being contacted with a stick on its downward trajectory), and ended in the net via Marian Hossa.

Fans and onlookers were a bit perplexed by the play, and somewhat frustrated that Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan wasn't able to challenge it under the league's coach's challenge rules.

After reviewing the rules and circumstances of the goal, it's unlikely a challenge would have changed anything.

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Analyzing a potential Dougie Hamilton trade

Jacob Stoller
November 19 2016 12:00PM

There's no denying that Dougie Hamilton is off to a shaky start in his second season as a Flame. After merely a year and a half since being acquired from the Boston Bruins, Hamilton has found his name circulating around the rumour mill and chatter of a possible trade has arisen. 

Hushing those type of rumours isn't easy with Hamilton's struggles becoming apparent, along with the Flames' struggles of their own. But when it's all said and done, would the Flames actually go through with dealing their talented defenseman so soon after acquiring him? 

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