March 29 2015 10:19AM

Mathew Barzal is an exceptional young hockey player. Size concerns and a significant injury have him lagging behind the top of the draft in terms of buzz, but don't be fooled about him. Young Barzal is among the very best players available in this year's draft.

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News and Notes - March 28 2015

Ryan Pike
March 28 2015 01:00PM

It's been an eventful week in the Calgary Flames world, with signings, games, and all sorts of craziness.

Here's a quick rundown of some of the "minor" stories that may've fallen under the radar a bit.

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Everybody Chill - The Numbers Game

Ryan Pike
March 28 2015 11:00AM

The Calgary Flames lost last night.

They have seven games remaining. They have to win a good chunk of them to have a realistic chance at the post-season.

No, they didn't look particularly good last night. No, it probably isn't an encouraging sign to kick off a road trip.

But everybody take a look at the following numbers and calm down a bit. Nothing's over. Not yet.

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Nation World HQ
March 28 2015 07:30AM


In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific Division standings… we present the Pacific War Room!

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Post-Game: Wild Spoil Byron's Return

Ryan Pike
March 27 2015 08:55PM

The Flames began their final big road trip of the season with a dull thud, losing 4-2 on the road to the Minnesota Wild. They kept the game relatively close through the first two periods by hook or crook - and via some epic goaltending from Karri Ramo. And Paul Byron returned from injury after missing 17 games, giving the Flames some new depth on the forward ranks.

But it just wasn't enough, and the Wild pulled away in the final period.

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