Post-Game: Bedeviled

Ryan Pike
February 03 2017 08:51PM

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It's no secret that the Calgary Flames have been an inconsistent team this season. Tonight's game against the New Jersey Devils was basically the 2016-17 edition of this club in a nutshell. They had a good start and got out to a lead. Then they allowed many goals in rapid succession and trailed after 40 minutes. But they managed to get back into the game before Mikael Backlund won it for them in overtime.

The Flames beat New Jersey 4-3 at Prudential Center to capture a crucial pair of points in an incredibly tight Western Conference playoff race.

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FGD 54: The devil's in the details (5:30pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
February 03 2017 12:00PM

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Back on Friday the 13th (of January), the Calgary Flames had a golden opportunity to pick up two points heading into a tough match-up with the Edmonton Oilers the following Saturday. Their Friday game was with the lowly New Jersey Devils. It was arguably their worst performance of the season, as they lacked attention to detail and ended up losing 2-1.

Tonight, the Flames begin a three game road trip in Newark against the very same Devils. You've gotta believe that the coaching staff will have the team laser-focused on proving that their Friday the 13th nightmare game was a complete aberration and that they have the capability to trounce the Devils and pick up a sorely needed two points.

The puck drops at 5:30 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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The 2017 Playoff Chase: a jam-packed race

Ryan Pike
February 03 2017 10:00AM

Welcome to the fourth week of our Western Conference playoff race coverage. The Calgary Flames haven't played a ton of hockey since our last update, but the jostling around by other Western clubs has made things simultaneously more confusing and a bit clearer.

Let's check out the race.

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Going coastal: How are the Flames using the ECHL?

Ryan Pike
February 03 2017 08:00AM

Once upon a time, there were two strong professional hockey leagues in North America. The National Hockey League is obviously the creme de la creme, but the American Hockey League has long established itself as a pretty tough league to ply your trade in. Over the years, the Calgary Flames have utilized their various AHL affiliates as their primary mode of development – either that or sending players back to junior when appropriate to give them experience.

But this season, it seems like the Flames are finally starting to rely on their ECHL farm club as a developmental tool rather than as a dumping ground for unwanted players.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
February 03 2017 05:00AM

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5 things to know about Patrik Laine, lots of guys on the block in Detroit, some teams don't want the Leafs to be patient, Flames prospect update is ugly, McDavid clearly breaks NHL fastest skater record, Canucks still hurting from poor drafting, a crazy junior scrap, NHL power rankings, an All-star rundown and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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