April 07 2016 12:00PM
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A year ago, the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks did battle in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. It was supposed to be a step forward for both groups. Unfortunately, it was followed up with a season of mediocrity (and occasional zaniness) for each group, and tonight's final home game at the Scotiabank Saddledome is as meaningless for the two clubs as last spring's battles were meaningful.
As for tonight? It's 40 guys on the ice who are just trying not to get injured before golf season opens up on Sunday.
The puck drops at 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
For a view from the other side, check out the preview from our frenemies at Canucks Army!
April 07 2016 10:04AM
The emergency recall has become a rite of passage for the Calgary Flames' prospects this season. With the injury to Lance Bouma on Tuesday night, add another to the growing list of players brought up on an emergency basis. The club announced this morning they have recalled forward Drew Shore from the American Hockey League's Stockton Heat.
If you're playing guess-the-callup, #Flames farmhand Drew Shore is a scratch tonight for AHL Stockton.— Wes Gilbertson (@WesGilbertson) April 7, 2016
April 07 2016 08:00AM
There are a couple of nice things about junior hockey. It's cheaper to attend, it can be gloriously entertaining watching raw talent, its season ends earlier meaning the playoffs are that much sooner.
Playoffs are already well underway throughout the CHL, as some teams have already been eliminated from contention. That includes some Flames prospects whose junior careers are over, either for this season or forever - and some who are doing the eliminating.
Let's check in with them.
April 06 2016 03:00PM
The National Hockey League season ends on Sunday, and all eyes are on playoff races.
For the teams at the bottom end of the standings, though, eyes are on the race to the bottom of the NHL standings (and the top of the NHL's draft lottery odds). Currently sitting at 26th overall, the Calgary Flames are in the thick of that race.
Here's the state of the race heading into tonight's games.
April 06 2016 01:20PM
Lance Bouma has not had a good season. With expectations higher thanks to a career season and brand new $2.2 million cap hit, he would have to put together a really good campaign to meet them--
And then he got injured three games into the season and was kept out of the lineup until Christmastime. Eight games into his return to the lineup, he got hurt once again, and missed another two weeks before coming back.
But Bouma has been healthy since then. He's only played fourth line minutes, but at least he's been around to play them.
That came to an end last night, as Bouma missed the end of the Flames' penultimate home game. Now, with just two games left, he's officially done for the season.
Lance Bouma suffered a pulled oblique in last night's game and will miss the final two games. Tough season for #Flames No. 17.— Derek Wills (@Fan960Wills) April 6, 2016