November 28 2016 08:21PM
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The Calgary Flames ended their mega-trip in Brooklyn against the New York Islanders. The Islanders are probably a bit more skilled and definitely more rested than the Flames, who at times looked like a bunch of guys looking forward to a nap on the plane ride home.
That said, the Flames played a much more calm, structured and gaffe-less game than they did the night previous in Philadelphia. While the Flames did make some errors, and they did lose, they did so in overtime by a 2-1 score. They head home with seven of a possible 12 points on their road trip.
November 28 2016 02:30PM
I remember where I was when the Calgary Flames drafted Mark Jankowski: sitting somewhere in one of the 200 sections at the Consol Energy Center.
It was the second year a group of friends and I decided to meet up at the draft. We knew each other from an online hockey board; we'd congregate every year to watch the fates of 18-year-olds get decided. It was generally a good time, Pittsburgh no exception.
There was a Columbus fan in our group, so she got first dibs on being excited for a new prospect; a trio of Caps fans were after, and then a Sabres fan. Finally, at 14th overall, with names I half-assedly knew about like Cody Ceci, Teuvo Teravainen, and Olli Maatta still on the board--
Oh. They'd traded down. Alright then, at least they got a second round pick out of it. The Flames tend to never have those, so that was good, at least.
And then, at 21st overall, sitting there dumbfounded as I remembered rumours about some kid playing in a Quebec high school.
November 28 2016 12:00PM
(Brad Penner / USA Today Sports)
We love HOME games; have Liquor Depot deliver in under an hour. Click, pick, sit back and watch the game.
After nine days on the road – and five games – the Calgary Flames can finally put their longest road trip of the regular season firmly in their rear-view mirror after one last road game. Their final game of the trip is tonight at the Barclays Center in scenic Brooklyn, New York as they visit the New York Islanders. Best known for hipsters, beards and really good pizza, Brooklyn is now also home to some of the worst ice in the NHL and the inconsistent Islanders.
It will also be known as the place when Mark Jankowski made his NHL debut.
Tonight's game kicks off at 5 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
November 28 2016 10:00AM
As Calgary slowly inches back towards the .500 mark, the team and its players are being frequently mentioned in trade rumours around the league. Which is not unnatural - when a club underperforms expectations this severely to start a season, a couple of things become more likely:
1.) A coach gets fired.
2.) A significant trade is made.
Option one isn't really available to Treilving given he just hired this entire bench crew.
And as we've mentioned a few times around here, the Flames need to be careful when it comes to investigating the trade market right now. Sometimes the best moves are the ones you don't make.
The club's recent modest upswing might deter any rash decisions on the part of the front office. Despite their considerable struggles, Calgary is just a couple of points out of the wild card spot in the West (at the time of writing). If they can continue to string together a few good stretches to end the calendar year, they will at least look competitive heading into 2017.
In the mailbag today we look at the Flames' progression, the impending expansion draft, and Mark Jankowski's potential role with the big club.
November 28 2016 08:00AM
This road trip has been a roller coaster of emotions. The surreal highs of seeing intervals of this Calgary Flames team looking like a cohesive entity complete with goals and capable netminding; those crippling lows that a lot of us are growing accustom to. There have been bizarro-world situations where good and bad have transpired, too.
Last night was a weird mix of all three, plus the Stamps lost. For now at least, away from the teary eyes and reality that Calgary sports teams failed to win let's discuss three things intertwined with each other: penalties, shorthanded goals, and the penalty kill.