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

Ryan Pike
February 18 2017 12:00PM


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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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Brett Kulak sent down; where does Matt Bartkowski fit in?

Ari Yanover
February 17 2017 11:00AM

The Flames' lack of adequate defencemen has plagued them all season. From starting the year off by having Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, and Dougie Hamilton all playing on different pairings to constantly insisting Dennis Wideman should be playing top four minutes contrary to any evidence whatsoever, things have been far less than ideal.

Matt Bartkowski probably isn't going to be the solution to this problem, but at least he should help shake things up a bit.

In the meantime, though, the Flames were sitting at 14 forwards and nine defencemen, so somebody had to go down. That somebody was the waiver-exempt Brett Kulak.

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What if the Flames do nothing at the trade deadline?

Ryan Pike
February 17 2017 08:00AM

Since becoming the Calgary Flames' general manager in April of 2014, Brad Treliving has built up a reputation as a man of action. He's been busy throughout his tenure, including making fairly hefty transactions at basically every major milestone in the National Hockey League's calendar.

But with the expansion draft looming just over the horizon and the Flames in a precarious position both cap-wise and in the standings, what if Treliving doesn't do anything at this year's trade deadline? Here's why that might very well happen on March 1.

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