February 01 2017 12:00PM
If the Calgary Flames make the playoffs, they'll probably eke into a wild-card spot. (Heck, I predicted as much on the eve of the season.) If they are successful with their eking over the next 30 games there's a very good chance they'll be facing the Minnesota Wild, who began the home-stretch of their season yesterday in Edmonton as the top team in the Western Conference. It's a big test for the Flames, but one they'll need to pass if they have any hope of getting into the post-season. And let's be honest: they're all big games from here on out.
The home stretch kicks off at 8 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
February 01 2017 10:00AM
We're about a month away from the deadline and the Flames are still kind of in the playoff race. If they can put together a solid February, there's a good chance they'll still be in the chase when March rolls around.
If nothing changes, Calgary should have just enough cap room to add one moderately sized contract via trade. That means if Brad Treliving is going to buy at the deadline, he'll likely have to concentrate on just one of the Flames' three main priorities: another scoring winger, a top four defender or better goaltending.
So what should he prioritize?
January 31 2017 10:30PM
I think most of us can agree the Calgary Flames would be well served to sign Kris Versteeg to a contract extension. With 21 points in 40 games, Versteeg has given the Flames great value on the one year, $950,000 contract he signed just before the start of the season. But while it seems simple enough to sign Versteeg to a new deal, there are a few important wrinkles to consider.
January 31 2017 12:00PM
The Flames' rough January has fans brandishing pitchforks and leaping off the bandwagon in droves.
After going 4-9-0 and suffering humiliating losses to the Oilers, Leafs and Habs, it seems self-evident that Calgary's season is circling the drain. But despite the bad record and gut-punch losses, January actually contained a solid kernel of hope and optimism.
Seems impossible, I know, but stay with me.
January 31 2017 10:00AM
This season, Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan has a common refrain in post-game press conferences. Whether his club wins or loses, Gulutzan frequently notes that the key to winning in the National Hockey League is winning the special teams battle.
It's probably no coincidence then that the Flames began their resurgence (and their climb up the Western Conference standings) when their power play began scoring and their penalty kill became more adept at avoiding goals against. It's nice to see, because the Flames have been one of the least potent offensive clubs in the NHL when playing at even strength.
But are the Flames too reliant on special teams for scoring? And which players aren't pulling their weight offensively?