November 16 2016 02:00PM
The Flames stumbling through the first six weeks of the season already has the fan base scrambling for answers. Everyone reasonably expected the club to take at least a modest step forward this season, but instead they are near-league worst in just about every aspect of the game.
A few weeks ago we talked about how long Glen Gulutzan has to turn things around. Things have since turned to hypothetical shake-up trades. Dougie Hamilton's name is already surfacing in trade rumours, while others are starting to wonder if the organization should flip Mark Giordano's deal before it becomes toxic.
When you get off to a 6-10-1 start, nothing is sacred.
November 16 2016 12:00PM
Last night in the Twin Cities, the Calgary Flames played perhaps their most complete game of the season. They weren't dipsy-doodling or dangling the puck wildly, but in terms of minimizing mistakes and taking advantage of their chances, they were golden in a 1-0 win over the Minnesota Wild.
Tonight, they're back in action as they return home to host the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes have been off since Saturday and will have some young, fresh legs in their lineup. The hope is that the Flames can keep their game simple and error-free if they want to grind out another win.
The action kicks off at 8 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
November 16 2016 09:59AM
Ladies and gentlemen, we're hearing reports from various media sources regarding the status of Calgary Flames star winger Johnny Gaudreau... and they're not good.
Johnny Gaudreau. Broken finger. Will require surgery. Flames' season just getting worse.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) November 16, 2016
For what it's worth, the online source of all human knowledge (Google) estimates the healing time from a broken finger to be roughly 4-6 weeks. That would place Gaudreau's return to the lineup from such a malady as somewhere around the end of December or early January.
November 16 2016 08:00AM
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Based on what we've seen so far this season, the least likely game scenario for the Flames I would have guessed could happen would be a 1-0 shutout win, with that one goal coming on the powerplay.
Well... that happened.
The Flames looked less like a disastrous mess, and more like a team you could call halfway respectable.
We have, of course, seen this before. Three weeks ago, after a horrific first six games, the Flames came together to take down the Chicago Blackhawks and then the St. Louis Blues, both on stellar back-to-back goaltending efforts. A week later they were back to being the mess we now know and still don't understand.
Hopefully this time things stick.
November 15 2016 09:26PM
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The Calgary Flames have had a rough year so far. They led the National Hockey League in losses heading into tonight. A big reason for their woes is they seem like a jittery bunch. They seem nervous that the next mistake they'll make will end up in the back of their net, which makes them too nervous to try anything offensively.
Well, the Flames seemed to work their way out of their nervousness tonight against the Minnesota Wild. They got a timely goal, good goaltending and played 60 rock-solid minutes in a well-earned win that was strangely devoid of the type of nervousness and fragility that's come to define the Flames this year.