February 17 2015 03:50PM
The strength of this surprisingly formidable, Cinderella iteration of the Calgary Flames team lies in their youth and along their blue-line.
Sometimes a club is best served by looking to address their weaknesses (offensive skill, in Calgary's case) and other times it makes sense to double down on your strengths. Of course, sometimes you get an opportunity to both at the same time, which is probably why the Flames were involved in the bidding for Toronto Maple Leafs defender Cody Franson - since traded to the Nashville Predators - according to TSN's Darren Dreger.
February 17 2015 03:30PM
It’s funny how organizational depth at certain positions can change over a period of just a few years. At one point, the Flames’ farm system was so saturated with grinders, checkers, fighters and ‘role players’ that it got to the point where fans were wondering if they’d ever see a first line talent again.
There were such exciting players in the pipeline as Kris Chucko, umm, Ryan Howse, uhhh… let’s see, Greg Nemisz, Brett Sutter… oh an remember when everyone got upset because they didn’t sign Spencer Bennett?
You get the point.
February 17 2015 01:00PM
Last season, Paul Byron leveled up.
The 24-year-old (at the time) transformed from an NHL tweener into a bonafide NHL player and, for the first time in his pro career, he spent more time in the NHL than in the American League.
A year later, Byron may be the most tantalizing trade asset Calgary has got.
February 16 2015 10:54PM
The Calgary Flames are a team with a very specific set of skills.
If they get down a few goals, no matter what the deficit, they have confidence that they can come back late in games. In some cases, that confidence may seem misplaced. But heading into tonight, the Flames had a 9-16-1 record when trailing after 40 minutes. They entered the third trailing Boston by a 3-1 margin.
In other words, they had them right where they wanted them.
The Flames won tonight in their 10th third period comeback of the 2014-15 season, 4-3 in overtime.
February 16 2015 02:00PM
The Calgary Flames continue their quest for a playoff berth tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome! After a thrilling Valentine's Day affair with the Vancouver Canucks, they now face a team that the Canucks are very well-acquainted with, the Boston Bruins.
The Flames (31-22-3) are hoping that their pair of losses in recent games (Pittsburgh and Los Angeles) are the exception, not the rule. In the other games they've played - and won - the club has shown the same resiliency and gumption that has gotten them, somehow, 31 wins thus far. The bulk of FlamesNation's pre-season panel projected the Flames would get around 70-75 points, so...our bad.
Boston (28-20-7) are in many ways a mirror image of Calgary, albeit one a few years down the road in their progression, and with some salary cap troubles. That said, Boston's a really good team and are (like Calgary) holding down the final wild-card spot in their conference.
Tonight's game kicks off at 7pm MT and airs on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!