January 28 2017 12:00PM
Let's be honest, the All-Star Game really doesn't matter. And that's fantastic. The best thing about the All-Star Game is that it's a low-key way for the National Hockey League's stars to take a break from the intensity of the hectic mid-season schedule to hang out and play some hockey in a reasonably relaxed setting.
Unlike Major League Baseball – making their All-Star Game determine World Series home field advantage, for some stupid reason – hockey embraces the pointlessness of the All-Star Game. For those that go, it's a change of pace. For those that don't, it's a week off in the midst of the playoff race.
For the Calgary Flames, it can be a bit of both.
January 27 2017 09:06PM
As part of its 2017 All-Star festivities (and the league's 100th anniversary), the National Hockey League has unveiled their NHL 100 list - a listing of the 100 greatest players of the NHL's first 100 years.
Several prominent NHL legends are on the list. Not on the list? Calgary Flames all-time leading scorer and long-time team captain Jarome Iginla.
January 27 2017 12:00PM
Welcome to the third week of our Western Conference playoff race coverage. The Calgary Flames are still in the playoff mix, but they've basically burnt off any breathing room they once had.
Let's check out the race.
January 27 2017 10:00AM
Earlier this month I made a case for Mikael Backlund to be in the Selke Trophy conversation with the year he's had so far.
In recent weeks, there's been another Calgary Flames forward getting some buzz for an end of season award. What about Matthew Tkachuk for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year? While guessing how voters might think it is a fool's errand, I can tell you Tkachuk has impacted his team as much as any rookie has so far this season.
January 27 2017 08:00AM
Really, not all that much changed.
The Calgary Flames scored the first goal. And the second. And they won. But they're still fighting for a playoff spot, still barely in it even after having played the most games in the West, and they still gave up one particularly demoralizing goal at the end of regulation.
They didn't play so hot in overtime - until they did. They had a 2-0 lead going into the third and they were doing alright. They didn't crumble when they got scored on, and their goalie bailed them out time and time again when things got dire, until their best offensive player could do what he does best again.
And they'll go into a break not feeling terrible about themselves.
We'll see if that's a long-lasting change come February. If they want to extend their season, it had better be.