January 13 2014 08:00PM
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There has been a lot of darkness surrounding the Flames as of late, a lot of glum discussions about offensive futility, frustrations at the makeup of the roster, and wringing of hands regarding the lack of roster movements. A win or loss in any one game doesn't alleviate these concerns in any real sense but a win like tonight's in Raleigh just feels nice.
Sure the Hurricanes didn't play great and the Flames were bound to start scoring eventually after an unprecedented stretch of impotence but tonight's 2-0 win over Carolina was a nice glass of warm milk compared to the waking nightmare of the past few games.
The Flames got strong efforts from Backlund, Brodie, Monahan, Byron, (Backlund and Monahan scoring the goals) and carried the play throughout the whole game, wholly deserving this victory. Also, Karri Ramo earned his first career shutout which was nice to see as well.
January 13 2014 12:20PM
The Calgary Flames (15-24-6) hit the road again for another quick two-game jaunt, this time well out East. Things kick off for them tonight as they attempt not to fall 10 full games under .500 on the season when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes (19-17-9). The puck drops at 5pm MT on Sportsnet West and The Fan 960.
Much like every other NHL team, the Hurricanes have been much better than Calgary over their last 10 games (going 5-3-2), and they sit 11 points up on the Flames having played just as many games. But with the Flames having had a pretty decent showing, all things considered, against Pittsburgh on Saturday night, perhaps the local boys have gotten a bit of a confidence boost. Considering their sub-par road record the past two seasons, the Flames need all the confidence they can get.
January 13 2014 09:13AM
It's been a rough week for the Calgary Flames. Already smarting from a post-Christmas span that saw them go winless, the Flames continued their skid for much of the week. Luckily for Flames fans, some of Calgary's prospects continued to have strong seasons.
January 11 2014 11:43PM
Perhaps a bit lost in all the "Flames scoring a goal" hubbub tonight is the announcement that the club has recalled centre Ben Street from the AHL's Abbotsford Heat, presumably to give them an extra healthy forward for the upcoming back-to-back road games in Carolina and Nashville.
January 11 2014 11:11PM
The Calgary Flames played a hockey game this evening. It was their 45th hockey match of the 2013-14 NHL season. They were facing the Pittsburgh Penguins, a perennial playoff team and a club that has (recently) won a Stanley Cup. Sidney Crosby, arguably the best player in the world, plays for Pittsburgh. So does Evgeni Malkin, who is also quite good.
So you wouldn't be shocked to learn that the prognosticators didn't like Calgary's chances in tonight's game, nor would you be amazed to learn that there was a lot more Penguins fans in the stands than those rooting for the home team. Regardless, the game unfolded in some ways that were very predictable (the result), and also in ways that may have surprised onlookers.