January 21 2016 06:52PM
Bad news for Micheal Ferland whose night was ended after an accidental knee to the head after being tripped up early in the second period. The incident came just under a minute into the period during a sequence in close to the Blue Jackets net.
Sequence that resulted in Ferland's potential injury. Definitely accidental contact there. pic.twitter.com/rVcmxo80aw— FlamesNation (@FlamesNation) January 22, 2016
January 21 2016 02:00PM
Ladislav Smid dressed against New Jersey, suiting up for the Calgary Flames for the 13th time this season. He played 10:51 in a loss, but the game represented an interesting milestone for the Czech native.
It was Smid's 100th game as a Calgary Flame. He became one of just seven players to play 100+ games on both sides of the Battle of Alberta. And oddly, very few of them were star players.
January 21 2016 12:00PM
If there's a make-or-break game in the Calgary Flames' 2015-16 season, it might be tonight in Columbus, Ohio.
You see, the Flames are not a great road team. They've lost the first two games of this road trip. They've lost four of their last five games. They have games against Columbus, Carolina, Dallas and Nashville before the All-Star Break. They're already just five points up on Columbus, the NHL's worst team, in the Auston Matthews sweepstakes.
If they're going to be a playoff team or they're going to be a lottery team, we're going to find out really quickly. Possibly tonight as they face John Tortorella's Columbus Blue Jackets.
The puck drops at 5pm MT on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
January 21 2016 10:00AM
When the Flames signed Deryk Engelland to a three-year, $8.75 million contract on July 1, 2014, the universal reaction seemed to be incredulousness.
With no offence to him intended: seriously? This was a then-32-year-old who would be defined as a goon more than anything else. He doesn't really score, he doesn't play big minutes, and he has more penalty minutes than anything else. All that, and he got a 500% raise out of nowhere. It was bizarre.
It's a tough cap hit to live up to, but by no means is it Engelland's fault; if any of us were offered that amount of money, we'd sign that deal in a heartbeat, future perceptions of our value be damned. But while Engelland likely won't escape the label of costing too much, it's not all bad: his 2015-16 is going much better than his 2014-15.
It's not ideal, but it's liveable. Something changed between this season and last, and while the Flames have fallen in the standings, Engelland, at least, has been a bright spot.
January 21 2016 08:00AM
Last season, Bob Hartley won the Jack Adams Award, as voted by the NHL Broadcasters Association. One of the main things that Hartley proponents pointed to as effective in driving the Calgary Flames' 20-point turnaround were his use of seven-game segments to keep the team focused on short-term goals.
Winning the bulk of the seven-game series over the course of a season would equate with a playoff berth. The Flames ended up winning the majority of them last season and ended up going to the post-season. Seven-game segments are back this season.
Here's a brief look at how they're doing thus far.