October 17 2014 10:53AM
It's been an interesting start of the year for Calgary. With the obvious caveat that five games is a relatively tiny sliver of action, it's still worth going over some very early impressions of the Flames blueline and record through the early going.
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October 17 2014 08:00AM
Jonas Hiller seeing beach balls, the Oilers aren't very good at hockey, the Leafs could use Eric Staal, the impact of defense on goaltender stats, loving the game again and more in this weeks Roundup.
October 16 2014 12:30PM
Missing a few bodies already and facing two more games on their road trip, the Calgary Flames called the farm team and called up the most logical candidate.
Scorch! No, not Scorch...
The Flames recalled training camp stand-out Josh Jooris this morning from the AHL's Adirondack Flames. David Jones has been placed on the injured reserve (retroactive to October 9) to make room, and is eligible to be activated whenever. Coincidentally, Jooris doesn't require waivers, so the Flames retain a lot of roster flexibility.
October 16 2014 10:09AM
1. Learning a lot, quickly
The thing that's struck me over the first four games of the season (I'm writing this ahead of what's sure to be an ugly game in Chicago) has very little to do with Joe Colborne's production or Jiri Hudler continuing to be very solid in his role, or Sean Monahan's notable improvement — even if he's still being sheltered. Rather, it has been the Flames' defense.
October 16 2014 02:34AM
Well, this is embarrassing.
When I wrote the preview for tonight's game this morning, I didn't give the Calgary Flames much of a chance. Neither did the odds-makers or really anybody else in the hockey world. I mean, the Flames were in the back-end of a back to back, in the midst of both a flu bug and a six-game road trip, and were going to be without three regulars (David Jones, Deryk Engelland and Lance Bouma) due to injury. How could they beat a healthy and rested powerhouse Chicago Blackhawks club?
Jonas Hiller, that's how. In a response to Karri Ramo's excellent game 24 hours previous, the Swiss product went into Chicago and, much like Chicago was stymied by Reto Berra last November, Hiller utterly baffled the Blackhawks and Calgary won 2-1 in overtime.