February 24 2017 09:01PM
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Tonight's visit to the Florida Panthers was a game that the Calgary Flames probably would have lost six weeks ago. That's not to say that the Flames weren't playing well six weeks ago, it's just that this game had all the makings of a let-down game: Second game of a back-to-back, nearing the end of a road trip, and the Panthers have been playing really well over the last while.
But the Flames have been playing well and getting the bounces over the past few weeks (which wasn't happening six weeks ago). It happened against tonight in South Florida, with Calgary getting timely goals, good goaltending and good enough defense en route to a 4-2 victory over the Panthers.
February 24 2017 02:00PM
Welcome to the seventh week of our Western Conference playoff race coverage. A week ago, the Calgary Flames were very much on the outside looking in (and hoping that they got some help). Well, they did pretty well this week in their own games and got some help from basically everyone that played the Los Angeles Kings.
Let's check out the race as we begin the weekend!
February 24 2017 12:00PM
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Riding a four game point streak, the Calgary Flames are likely hoping to continue their momentum tonight as they head into South Florida to take on the fanciest team in the National Hockey League, the Florida Panthers.
The leading employer of Nation Networks alumni in the league, the Cats have gotten extremely hot of late as they've gotten healthy, found their stride and won a bunch of games. As a result, they've risen up the Eastern Conference standings and are now in the thick of the playoff picture. Coming off a win last night in Tampa Bay, the Flames are probably hoping they can keep cobbling together points as they attempt to return to the post-season.
The puck drops at 5:30 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
February 24 2017 10:00AM
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Sean Monahan has scored 100 times in the regular season for the Calgary Flames. In the history of the franchise, he's just the 27th player to hit that mark. In addition, Monahan made a bit of history in terms of the circumstances of his 100th goal.
In short: Monahan is the youngest Flame to hit 100 goals by a fair amount, but he's nowhere near the fastest to hit that mark.
February 24 2017 08:00AM
The Calgary Flames were firmly in control of that game.
Did they lead the entire time? No. Did it get dicey towards the end? Yes. But these are the Flames we should expect to see, and hopefully as often as possible. Not perfect, but a team capable of at least hanging with their opponent and often controlling the play.
A team still with an incomplete defence, with a handful of kids finally starting to get it going again (and another we're waiting on), and a forward group that still needs some more pieces before they can really elevate themselves to contender status.
But they're getting there. Progression is not linear. This season has not been linear. But it's been much, much better than before.