October 23 2016 08:00AM
In three of six games now, the Flames have scored four goals. They have won just one of those games, and the win came in overtime. They're averaging three goals a game, which is good for middle of the pack in the NHL right now. When you're scoring that often, you should have more than one win.
But they're also giving up 4.33 goals against per game. The only team that's doing worse? The Arizona Coyotes. (Coincidentally, the Coyotes are the only team lower than the Flames in the standings, too, though they've played two fewer games, so give it time.)
And it turns out that even Chad Johnson, in a good game, is vulnerable to it, too.
It's both everybody and nobody's fault. Though that kind of seems to be the theme this year, isn't it? It's the one thing that's been consistent so far.
October 22 2016 11:29PM
It was obvious heading into this week that tonight's homestand capper against the St. Louis Blues would be a tough match-up for the Calgary Flames. The Blues are good, deep and well-coached and the Flames have been struggling.
This one wasn't ugly, but it was definitely hard to watch. Despite a fairly strong goaltending performance by Chad Johnson, all the warts of the 2016-17 Flames were on full display during a 6-4 loss to the Blues.
October 22 2016 12:00PM
Lads and ladies, welcome to the first scary-looking game on the Calgary Flames 2016-17 calendar.
The Flames (1-3-1) have yet to really play a rock-solid 60 minute of ice hockey this season. They've struggled on the power play and have given up several goals on their penalty kill, despite several tactical improvements. Their opponents tonight are the St. Louis Blues (3-1-1), who went to the third round of the playoffs last season and have allowed 10 fewer goals than the Flames in as many games. They're playing well and coming in at a time where the Flames are not.
The puck drops at 8 p.m. MT on Sportsnet 360 (and One), and on Sportsnet 960 The Fan. Be advised that due to construction and events in the vicinity of Stampede Park, the Flames are advising fans to head down early (or take transit) to avoid bottlenecks.
October 21 2016 02:00PM
The Calgary Flames have not had a great start to their season. They have one victory and one shootout loss in five outings. What makes the season seem worse so far is that the much-ballyhooed acquisition of former St. Louis Blues starting goalie Brian Elliott hasn't really paid off yet.
Brian Elliott's .839 SV% is last among 36 goalies who have played the equivalent of more than one game this year. Now comes the tough teams.— Darren Haynes (@DarrenWHaynes) October 21, 2016
That said, Elliott's numbers aren't quite as bad as they seem.
October 21 2016 10:00AM
He hasn't played a game yet this Western Hockey League season, but Calgary Flames prospect Dillon Dube has been named to Team WHL for the upcoming CIBC Canada/Russia Series.
Team WHL will play Team Russia on Nov. 7 in Prince George, BC and Nov. 8 in Edmonton, AB as part of a series of six games between the Canadian Hockey League and Russia.