Mighty mite Matthew Phillips might be Calgary's top prospect

Ryan Pike
January 22 2017 12:00PM

You could be forgiven if you saw Matthew Phillips out of his hockey equipment and didn't immediately think he was a high-end National Hockey League prospect. Listed by the Western Hockey League as 5'6" and 141 pounds – he reports he's currently 145 pounds – Phillips does not look like your prototypical hockey star off the ice.

But his on-ice talent was on full display earlier this week as he and the Victoria Royals eviscerated the Calgary Hitmen by a 7-2 score. In his first appearance in his hometown team's barn since they drafted him in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Draft, Phillips had four points – including a hat trick, his second in as many nights.

With the graduation of 2016 first rounder Matthew Tkachuk to the full-time NHL ranks, there's a strong case to be made that Phillips may already be the Flames' top prospect.

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Oilers 7, Flames 3 post-game embers: Suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked

January 22 2017 08:00AM

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Post-Game: That's so retro

Ryan Pike
January 21 2017 11:24PM

It was Retro Night down at the Scotiabank Saddledome tonight. The Calgary Flames wore retro uniforms. They had retro graphics. They even brought back their old in-game announcer Russ Peake for an authentic old-timey feel.

They unfortunately even got a retro result, getting clobbered by the Edmonton Oilers by a 7-3 score to allow the Oilers to sweep the Battle of Alberta season series for the first time in over a decade. In arguably the Flames' biggest game of the season – and a game they needed to have in order to keep pace in the playoff race with the teams chasing them – they fell utterly, embarrassingly flat.

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FGD: The final battle (of Alberta) (8pm MT, CBC)

Ryan Pike
January 21 2017 12:00PM

After a dismal effort on Thursday evening, the Calgary Flames are back in action at the Scotiabank Saddledome. And tonight's game is going to be a doozy as the Flames welcome the Edmonton Oilers to town for the final regular season installment of the Battle of Alberta.

The Flames sat idle after their loss to Nashville, while the Oilers hosted the Predators up at Rogers Place on Friday night and lost 3-2 in a shootout. Facing a team that played the night before, the Flames will need to play with energy and emotion to capture a sorely-needed two points.

The puck drops just after 8 p.m. MT and you can catch all the action live at the 'Dome, on the tube on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, and on the squawk box on Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Nation World HQ
January 21 2017 10:00AM

Spy vs Spy 1

The Oilers and Flames face off for the second Saturday night in a row and we've asked writers from both OilersNation and FlamesNation to give us their take on tonight's matchup. As always, we've also put together a few quick stats to get you ready for the last (regular season) BOA of the year.

Please note that this article was posted at both OilersNation and FlamesNation.

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