Post-Game: The Devil's In The Details

Ryan Pike
February 25 2015 11:24PM

Just over 24 hours ago, the Calgary Flames played a structured game against the New York Rangers. They lost, partially because they didn't adapt their structure to adjust for what the Rangers did, and partially because the Rangers are a much better hockey club.

Tonight, against a New Jersey Devils team that's a bit less terrifying than the Rangers, the Flames managed to learn from the previous night, adapt and attack, and came away with a crucial 3-1 victory to even their road trip thus far at one win and one loss.

Here's how it went down at the Prudential Center this evening.

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WWYDW: Lord Byron Edition

Taylor McKee
February 25 2015 02:45PM


You see, the trick for Byron scoring on breakaways is: remove all other players and put him in the best Flames sweater ever created. There. Simple.

With Winnik and Tlusty both dealt this afternoon, the trades are starting to come fast and furious as the trade deadline approaches and I thought we should spend some time talking about another one of the Flames expiring deals, Paul Byron. 

I have made it exceptionally clear in previous posts here that I am one of Paul Byron's biggest fans so I will abandon all pretense of objectivity today. However, I am very curious to hear what everyone else's opinions of ol'mighty mouse are. That's why today we are discussing what to do with Paul Byron, a restricted free agent this summer after making 600K this season. Let's get into it after the jump

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FGD #61: The Devil You Know (5:30pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
February 25 2015 01:00PM

After a loss last night in the Big Apple, the Calgary Flames have trekked across the Hudson River into Newark, New Jersey, as they'll face the New Jersey Devils tonight.

The Flames? They're hoping to get back into a playoff spot with a win. The Devils? With some shoddy play by the Bruins of late - including blowing a 3-0 lead on the road to some Canadian team a few games back - the Devils have clawed back into a stone's throw of the playoffs. It's a battle of two teams desperate for playoff contention tonight at the Prudential Center!

The puck drops at 5:30pm MT and you can catch all the action on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Rumour Has It: Glencross to Washington?

Ryan Pike
February 25 2015 11:00AM

As usual, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman dropped a few interesting nuggets of information in his 30 Thoughts column this morning. A handful of them related to Calgary's Curtis Glencross and his status as we approach Monday's trade deadline.

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Sven Baertschi needs to replace Curtis Glencross

arii
February 25 2015 09:00AM

The trade deadline is one of the biggest signifiers of just how close the regular NHL season is to ending. It's teams' final chance to load up for a playoff run before the real action gets underway. It's also one of teams' final chances to determine just where they're at with some of their players.

The Calgary Flames have been at a crossroads with Sven Baertschi for quite some time now, but we're fast approaching the point an actual decision must be made.

Here are the facts we're aware of right now, at this very moment:

  1. Curtis Glencross, a natural left winger, is very, very likely to be traded.
  2. Sven Baertschi, a natural left winger nearly a decade Glencross' junior, is about to require waivers.

The solution seems obvious, but this is a team that has willingly dressed Brandon Bollig - another left winger - for 48 NHL games (and counting!) this season, so maybe it's not that obvious.

(It is, though.)

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