May 05 2015 11:00AM
“The Ducks are bigger, and the Flames can’t handle them. That’s why they lost.”
Well… yes, and no. The Ducks are a bigger team: this is a fact. The Flames are not currently able to handle the Ducks: this is also a fact. But correlation does not equal causation.
The Flames’ problem isn’t that the Ducks are a bigger team.
It’s that they’re a better team.
May 05 2015 09:00AM
After a rough pair of outings in the Honda Center in Orange County that saw them out-scored by a 9-1 margin, the Calgary Flames return home to the friendly confines of the Scotiabank Saddledome tonight for a game that's as must-win as any they've faced this season.
A win, and their Western Conference Semi-Final series with the Anaheim Ducks is made closer, and become s a narrow 2-1 lead for the Ducks. A loss, and the series becomes a 3-0 Ducks stranglehold and the brooms come out for Friday's Game 4 at the 'Dome.
The noose isn't yet tightening around the Flames' neck, but the carpenters are beginning to construct the gallows. A win tonight slows their progress.
The puck drops after 7:30pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
May 04 2015 03:06PM
It's a bit of a slow-news day in the Calgary Flames world, as the hometown hockey team awaits Game 3 in the 'Dome tomorrow night against the Anaheim Ducks.
But we do have a handful of minor notes, starting off with a larger one regarding Sam Bennett.
May 04 2015 01:01PM
The Calgary Flames return home tomorrow for the first second round game in the Scotiabank Saddledome this season - and since 2004. The 'Dome will undoubtedly be a loud and raucous place.
But there's also a chance it could be filled with a small tinge of panic.
Here's why I'm not completely worried for the Flames quite yet.
May 04 2015 11:00AM
Game 1 of round 2 was a bit of a rude awakening for the Flames and their fans. The Ducks are a clear step up from the Vancouver Canucks, so it's going to take some new strategy from the Flames coaches and new heroics from their increasingly beat up line up to get this thing back on track.
The questions this week focused more on the future than the present though. Topics include the Flames draft, if there are any buy-out candidates on the roster and where we can expect to see them finish next year.