January 24 2012 09:36PM
Final Score: 1-0 L
January 24 2012 06:19PM
The Flames have a decent shot at going into the ASG break on a winning note, which is good news since a lot of teams will make up some games in hand while the Flames sit around for the next week or so.
The Sharks remain a great team, but they are on the second night of a B2B and somewhat hobbled by injury. Clowe, Burns and Havlat are down for the count, all of whom are top of the rotation guys.
I'm not as jazzed by the hockey the Flames have played over the last few weeks as others (getting marginally outplayed most nights is still being outplayed) but at least the goaltending has been excellent and the team defense solid. More of that and a bit of luck and Calgary can stay in and around the hunt for 8th during their little mid-season vacation.
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January 24 2012 12:16PM
So, for both the San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames, the prospect of a nice mid-season break looms starting on Wednesday morning. In the midst of a grinding 82 game season, I can imagine there would be few things players would look forward to. Well, hopefully a nice beach with the family isn't what's on the minds of the Flames as they host the Sharks for the final game prior to the 2012 NHL All Star break (7 pm, Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960).
January 24 2012 10:20AM
In my paean to pragmatism last week, I noted the current iteration of the Calgary Flames are closer to the playoffs than the basement so it made sense for the organization to actively pursue the post-season right now.
January 23 2012 06:00PM
Although pretty much every person who's ever played hockey eventually does it, not everyone knows how to do it especially well. It's a pretty simple concept, really: the goal is to use puck movement and possession between players to tire other players out.