October 17 2014 01:00PM
After an improbable road trip that's already seen them break even points-wise, the Calgary Flames head into the great state of Ohio - now again home of Lebron James - for the fifth game of their six-game trip, this time against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus is the home of the cool cannon, the former home of an excellent mascot named Boomer (a civil war cannon with a jaunty mustache), and a pretty good hockey club that's really progressed over the past few years. Heck, they made the playoffs last year and nearly upset the Penguins.
The game should be the first career NHL game for Josh Jooris and the latest edition of the "Can you top that?" series between Flames netminders Karri Ramo and Jonas Hiller.
Can the Flames continue their winning ways? I would've say "no" flatly a week ago, but I'm gonna shrug and say "Maybe" now. The game goes early tonight - 5pm MT - and you can catch it on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
October 17 2014 10:53AM
It's been an interesting start of the year for Calgary. With the obvious caveat that five games is a relatively tiny sliver of action, it's still worth going over some very early impressions of the Flames blueline and record through the early going.
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October 17 2014 08:00AM
Jonas Hiller seeing beach balls, the Oilers aren't very good at hockey, the Leafs could use Eric Staal, the impact of defense on goaltender stats, loving the game again and more in this weeks Roundup.
October 16 2014 12:30PM
Missing a few bodies already and facing two more games on their road trip, the Calgary Flames called the farm team and called up the most logical candidate.
Scorch! No, not Scorch...
The Flames recalled training camp stand-out Josh Jooris this morning from the AHL's Adirondack Flames. David Jones has been placed on the injured reserve (retroactive to October 9) to make room, and is eligible to be activated whenever. Coincidentally, Jooris doesn't require waivers, so the Flames retain a lot of roster flexibility.
October 16 2014 10:09AM
1. Learning a lot, quickly
The thing that's struck me over the first four games of the season (I'm writing this ahead of what's sure to be an ugly game in Chicago) has very little to do with Joe Colborne's production or Jiri Hudler continuing to be very solid in his role, or Sean Monahan's notable improvement — even if he's still being sheltered. Rather, it has been the Flames' defense.