October 28 2015 09:09PM
If there was ever a game where the good, the bad and the ugly of the Calgary Flames was laid out bare for the hockey world to behold, it was tonight's game against the Ottawa Senators.
For just shy of 40 minutes, the Flames played a very intelligent, measured and confident road game. The glass at one end of the ice got knocked out and so they played the last minute of the second period right before the beginning of the third and went to intermission early. Then the train went off the tracks and we went straight to crazy town.
When the game finally ended, it was a 5-4 shootout loss for the Flames, who mercifully got a point from their insane three-game road trip.
October 28 2015 08:24PM
This Flames at Senators game has been absolutely insane. Filled with rapid fire goals and terrible defence and goaltending a like, the Flames had just give up quick back-to-back crease scrambles - which naturally led to goals - when Michael Frolik shoved Bobby Ryan into Jonas Hiller, taking the latter two players out of the game.
Ryan returned to the ice a few minutes later, but as it stands for the Flames, Joni Ortio is in net, and looks poised to finish the game.
October 28 2015 03:30PM
The start to the 2015-16 season has really not gone Brad Treliving's way. Still in his general manager infancy, Treliving wowed the hockey world with his offseason moves: none bigger than trading for Dougie Hamilton, and giving up very little in return.
So far, that trade - along with pretty much everything else early into this Flames season - has not panned out as expected.
Was some regression expected? Sure, it's still a rebuilding club. But to this extent?
"We know that we've got a better team than what our record has shown," Treliving told TSN 1200 in Ottawa.
October 28 2015 12:00PM
After nine games of the 2015-16 schedule, the Calgary Flames are in trouble. They're looking for some rhythm, some rhyme, and to figure out what the heck has happened to their meat-grinder of a game.
Tonight, they get a golden opportunity for a course correction in Ottawa against the Senators. The Flames (2-7-0) haven't been great, but the Senators (3-3-2) are hardly a world-beater and are on a losing streak. And given their injury-ravaged state, there's no better time than the present for the Flames to take advantage of a diminished foe.
And thankfully, tonight's (probably) the long-awaited return of T.J. Brodie to the Flames line-up!
Puck drops just after 5:30pm MT on Sportsnet One and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
October 28 2015 10:36AM
Photo Credit: Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports
Key Calgary Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie is nearing a return to the lineup, and could play as soon as Wednesday night against the Ottawa Senators. The lanky 25-year-old puck-moving defenseman has yet to play this season as a result of a hand injury, and his absence has been sorely felt by a Flames team that has struggled enormously for any number of reasons.
If Brodie returns on Wednesday, he'll play on a defensive pairing with Mark Giordano. Of course. Where else would he play?