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February 07 2017 07:00AM
The pulse of hockey introduces the first episode of NationDubs.
February 06 2017 03:00PM
(Kirby Lee / USA Today Sports)
In just over three weeks, the Calgary Flames are going to take part in one of the most unpredictable National Hockey League trade deadlines in recent memory. Due to a combination of league parity, a flat salary cap for next season and the impending addition of the Vegas Golden Knights via an expansion draft, we could see few big trades. Or because of the parity, a team or two might make a big swing to try to break away from the pack.
In terms of the local sports club, it's hard to tell exactly what the Flames will do on March 1. But here's what we can decipher as of right now.
NHLN Notebook: ASU Falls Through, Shattenkirk in Jersey, and Deadline Selling in a False Parity League
February 06 2017 11:46AM
The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article.
The Coyotes plans to stay in Arizona have been foiled, and with the trade deadline approaching, we explore a new possible suitor for Kevin Shattenkirk, a Brandon Davidson trade, and who, with the reality of false parity, the NHL's sellers are.
February 06 2017 10:00AM
The end of January seems have brought about the end of the Flames' perilous dry spell. Since returning to work from the all-star break, Calgary has scored nine goals in two games. That's more than they managed in the previous four losses combined.
That's good news because the club needs to make hay this month if they are to have any chance at a playoff berth. The race in the West is starting to tighten up with St. Louis, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Calgary all battling for a handful spots. The Flames (57 points) currently own the wildcard position ahead of the Blues (55 points) and the Jets (54 points), though St. Louis has three games in hand.
So now would be an ideal time to get hot. Reel off a string of wins in February and Brad Treliving can look to add at the deadline and hopefully pull away from at least two of the competitors listed above.
In this edition of the mailbag, we focus on the Flames' potential for wheeling and dealing as the trade deadline rapidly approaches.
February 06 2017 08:00AM
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No team is ever going to have a perfect season, 1972 Miami Dolphins aside. And they played considerably fewer games than the 82 that make up the NHL's regular season.
So fact of the matter is, sometimes you're going to play well enough and still lose. It happens. Maybe it's one single moment that costs you your chance at victory. That doesn't mean you played poorly, or were failures. Sometimes that just means you didn't win.
The Flames lost to the Rangers. They still had a good game, though.