April 05 2016 12:00PM
(Sergei Belski / USA Today Sports)
What a difference a year makes.
When the Calgary Flames hosted the Los Angeles Kings in Game 81 last season, the game was yet another huge test for a scrappy bunch of Flames that really had no business being in the playoff picture. But they were, and after a gutty win on home ice, they clinched their first playoff spot in years and years. Fans partied, and the Kings had to go home early.
Now? The Flames are booking golf dates for next week and the Kings are headed back to the post-season. The Flames can try to get some semblance of bragging rights back tonight by tripping up the Kings as they try to cement a divisional title. Beyond that? The boys in red don't have much to play for.
The puck drops at 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
April 05 2016 08:26AM
FlamesNation will be donating $100 to Kids Up Front Calgary. Let's do a run down of why we're doing this, the success previously, and what you need to know.
Hi friends, it's me, your friendly neighborhood community manager. Part of why I accepted Thomas' offer to join the Nation Network wasn't to help grow the community and drive traffic. It was to help give back and start growing FlamesNation in areas our friends in Edmonton tend to do.
We had some relatively big success in October with our initial Flames Money on the Board drive which raised at least $690. This is huge, given the cost to send one kid to a sports event via Kids Up Front Calgary is about $5. So in doing so, we sent approximately 138 potential kids to sporting events.
We're aware of the obvious issues with the economy and such; many of us here at FlamesNation to varying degrees have been affected, too. So we can understand if some of you can't contribute much or at all. If anything all we would ask is for you to share this - maybe your friends or family would be interested, too.
Nation World HQ
April 05 2016 07:00AM
In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the
Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific Division standings… we present the Pacific War Room!
April 04 2016 02:23PM
It’s fantastic to have really good young players. That’s exactly what the Calgary Flames have in Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. At 22 and 21 years of age respectively, Gaudreau and Monahan sit first and second on the Flames in both goals and points, and are pillars for the organization to build their forward group around for years to come.
That being said, when you have good players, you also have to pay them as such. That’s exactly what Flames general manager Brad Trevling is going to have to do this summer, as both Gaudreau and Monahan’s entry-level contracts are set to expire on July 1. Obviously the Flames are going to look to get both of their star forwards locked up to long-term extensions this summer. But how much is it going to cost them? And how are the bricks going to fall around them?
April 04 2016 02:00PM
When the Flames defeated the Oilers 5-0 in the final Battle of Alberta at Rexall Place, they locked themselves out of last place in the league standings.
Calgary currently has 72 points. Edmonton is now sitting at 67, and with two games left, they can finish with a maximum of 71 points.
Second last in the NHL is Toronto, also with 67 points: but with four games left, they can finish with a maximum of 75 points. So while it isn't possible for the Flames to finish 30th overall, they can still finish 29th, and still get decent draft lottery odds.
It's the last week of the season: let's see just where there chances lie.