Post-Game: Flames Leave A Point On The Table

Ryan Pike
February 18 2017 11:54PM


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Saturday night's collision between the Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks was big for both teams. The Flames had a golden chance to effectively end Vancouver's playoff hopes. The Canucks had a chance to claw closer to the Flames and keep their post-season dreams alive for another night. In a tight-checking, playoff-like atmosphere, it ended up being largely the performance of the two netminders that determined things.

The Flames lost 2-1 in overtime to Vancouver. They were both extremely unlucky to only get the single point and extremely fortunate to get anything at all considering how close they came to leaving empty-handed.

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Johnny Gaudreau is playing much longer shifts this season

Ari Yanover
February 18 2017 02:30PM

On Jan. 24, Elliotte Friedman offered up some thoughts about shift lengths in his 30 Thoughts column. Specifically, it was about how much time Erik Karlsson spends on the ice over the course of a single shift (#17):

A year ago, Karlsson played the most in the NHL (2,375:55) and had the longest shift length (1:04). But he was tied for 72nd in shifts per game and 34th in overall shifts taken. It’s not like he’s stapled to the bench, as his overall time is eighth. But he’s now second in the NHL in shifts per game, going from 27.1 to 32.2 per night. His length has dropped to 0:50, which is 38th. He’s agreed to stay out a little less, but the trade-off is minimal as they put him out there more.

What does this have to do with the Flames? Well, shorter shifts generally result in more effective shifts. And Johnny Gaudreau has gone from being tied for 64th among all forwards in average shift time in 2015-16 to fourth this season.

That's quite a jump, wouldn't you say?

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FGD 59: Hockey day on the west coast (8pm MT, CBC)

Ryan Pike
February 18 2017 12:00PM


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We love HOME games; have Liquor Depot deliver in under an hour. Click, pick, sit back and watch the game.

The Calgary Flames had a rough start to the season, going on a skid that included a shootout loss in Vancouver where the only goal they were credited with was scored by the Canucks on their own net. Given their respective starts, it's somewhat ironic that the Flames can virtually kill the Canucks' playoff chances tonight at Rogers Arena.

The Flames and Canucks are probably each others' biggest rivals at this point. Between the importance of their games of each other, the level of emotion displayed by both teams, and occasional craziness like line brawls and other shenanigans, these guys really don't like each other. The Flames won their first playoff round in over a decade against the Canucks in 2015, they can go a long way towards returning to the post-season this year with a win tonight.

The puck drops at 8 p.m. MT on CBC and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

Check out a view from the other side over at Canucks Army!

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SPEAKING WITH THE ENEMY: Flames at Canucks

Nation World HQ
February 18 2017 10:00AM

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The Flames and Canucks face off for the fifth and final time this season and we've asked writers from both FlamesNation and CanucksArmy 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 final meeting between this two teams.

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

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The 2017 Playoff Chase: back from the bye

Ryan Pike
February 17 2017 02:00PM

Welcome to the sixth week of our Western Conference playoff race coverage. The Calgary Flames have completed their five day bye period and are back for their stretch drive. Despite their idleness, the standings didn't change a heck of a lot around them.

Let's check out the race as we begin the weekend!

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