Post-Game: Mission Accomplished

Ryan Pike
November 05 2015 11:17PM

(Sergei Belski - USA Today Sports)

The Calgary Flames came into tonight's game with a golden opportunity. They hosted the Philadelphia Flyers, a team that's not particularly deep or particularly good, and who were both (a) in the midst of a five-game skid and (b) forced to start their back-up due to an illness to Steve Mason.

Was there going to be a better time for the Flames to pick up two points? Nope.

And they did it, playing a poised, composed and strangely mature (for these guys) 2-1 overtime victory.

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A Coaching Change Could Save The Season

Christian Roatis
November 05 2015 03:00PM

The Calgary Flames season has started off just about as badly as could possibly be imagined. Everything that could’ve gone wrong on the ice seems to have happened, and bad puck – and otherwise – luck has been present on a nightly basis. However, despite having just one regulation win, and three wins overall, on this day the 5th of November, the Calgary Flames season is not lost. 


Fact is, the season can still be saved, but there almost certainly needs be a change behind the bench in order for that to take place.

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Report: Keegan Kanzig Sent Back To The Hitmen

Ryan Pike
November 05 2015 01:00PM

In a move that isn't all that surprising given the sheer amount of defensemen presently on their American League affiliate, reports are that the Calgary Flames have re-assigned defender Keegan Kanzig back to the Western Hockey League's Calgary Hitmen.

The move has appeared on the AHL's transactions page - a source that is usually very accurate - and comes as the Stockton Heat temporarily had 10 healthy defensemen with the return of Ryan Culkin to the land of the healthy (and able to play).

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FGD #14: Home Ice Advantage - Flames Host The Flyers

Ryan Pike
November 05 2015 12:00PM

(Sergei Belski - USA Today Sports)

The Calgary Flames try to avoid hitting a historical benchmark super-early in the season tonight when they host the Philadelphia Flyers at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Flames (3-9-1) have not been great over the first 13 games, but they haven't been putrid, either. They've shown some flashes of strong play, but their biggest issue has been consistency - that and their defensive zone play. Tonight, in the 14th game of the 2015-16 season, they try to avoid having that second column in the league standings - regulation losses - hitting double-digits. Twice before - back in days of yore before the vaunted loser point - the Flames hit 10 losses at the 16th game of the season: 1995-96 and 1997-98. At this point, the Flames are playing for pride and to keep their flagging playoff hopes alive. Hitting a historical mark for losses isn't a way to do either of those things.

The puck drops at 7pm MT on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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It's not the right time to bring up Jon Gillies

Ari Yanover
November 05 2015 08:00AM

When you have a team underperforming as badly as the Flames, it's only natural to demand changes to personnel. One of the easiest to cry for? Giving kids a chance the veterans seem to be squandering.

The Flames have some of the worst goaltending in the league. Joni Ortio is 55th in even strength save percentage, Karri Ramo 61st, and Jonas Hiller 62nd: this out of a pool of 65. It's not any better when you include special teams: the Flames goalies all rank from 61-63.

They've been awful. Nothing they do seems to have been working. Just when it looks like a guy is having a good game, he ends up giving four or five regardless. So why not give Jon Gillies a chance?

Several reasons.

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