March 09 2015 03:56PM
Well, Citizens, the good news is that crazy things keep happening to the Flames on what has been truly a wild ride of a season, and that's helping me complete these power rankings, and that's good, because I'm certainly not creative enough to get through a week of rankings for, let's say Winnipeg, where generally nothing interesting ever seems to happen.
(I just recoiled at the thought of being a Jets fan. Oh gag)
Anyway, I think this week's piece will demonstrate both of these things: The Flames year is ridiculous and fun, and I am bad at this.
So read on, and remember, as always, the gravity and serious intent of this. It's kind of a big deal.
March 09 2015 11:30AM
In the afterglow of the Calgary Flames completing a 4-2-1 record on their epic seven-game road trip, there's a bit more good news.
Jiri Hudler was named the NHL's First Star of the Week for his work over the past seven days.
March 09 2015 11:00AM
The Calgary Flames are not the National Hockey League's greatest team. They often get out-shot. They usually get out-chanced. But despite all these faults, the Calgary Flames have consistently found their way back into games, and that's been the big difference-maker for them this season.
It's gotten to the point where we all expect comebacks. (The following tweet was when they were down 2-0 in Detroit this week.)
Now the flames have them right where they want them...— Ryan Pike (@RyanNPike) March 7, 2015
Last night, the Calgary Flames busted out perhaps their most impressive comeback. Down four goals, on the road, on the final night of the season's longest road trip, the Flames forced extra time and left our nation's capital with a point.
March 09 2015 09:00AM
Leadership is important in most facets of life, and of course, professional sports are no exception. For a rebuilding team, it's especially crucial. After all, rebuilding teams tend to be filled with younger players, and they usually don't win a whole lot. The latter isn't quite true for the Flames this season, but the former is, as there have been tons and tons of rookie recalls.
The Flames are pretty fortunate with the group they've got, captained by Mark Giordano. Or perhaps it should be they were for fortunate. Trades, coupled with Giordano's injury, have left Kris Russell the sole survivor of the leadership group that started the season.
While his defence partner Dennis Wideman joined him with a letter, as did Jiri Hudler (who maybe should have had an "A" all along), it's possible the Flames already have their future leadership core in their lineup.
Who fits the bill?
March 08 2015 08:22PM
This was a weird game.
The Flames through the first 40 minutes looked like a team that had already lost the game. They missed passes. They couldn't bury chances. They looked like a team that had their minds on sleeping in their own beds tonight for the first time in two weeks.
And then the third period happened and everything went out the window.
After trailing 4-0 through the first two periods, the Calgary Flames roared back and salvaged a point from one of their most uneven games of the season by way of a 5-4 shootout loss tonight in Ottawa.