December 19 2014 11:00AM
The Calgary Flames are in the midst of a six-game losing streak and are bracing themselves for three games in four nights - in three different cities - before being off for four days for Christmas.
The first test for them comes at home against the Dallas Stars.
The Flames (17-14-2) are in the midst of a six-game losing stretch - San Jose, Toronto, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Chicago and the Rangers - while the Stars (12-13-5) have won back to back games, most recently against the Vancouver Canucks. Last season, the Flames lost two of three to the Stars, including a pair of one-sided games (5-1 and 73). Even though the Stars haven't been a house of fire this season, the Flames no doubt recall their games with Dallas from last year and hope to have a better showing against them in the Saddledome than they did last year.
And let's be blunt here: the Flames do not want to be at .500 when Christmas comes around. A victory against Dallas guarantees a record in the black headed into the festive break. The puck drops at 7pm MT and the game can be seen on Sportsnet West and heard on Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
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December 19 2014 08:30AM
Oilers fire Eakins, Flames extend Hartley, Taylor Hall rumors, Ryan Miller as a back-up, Jets defensive woes, Leafs PDO, World Juniors and more in this weeks Roundup
December 18 2014 11:30AM
The timing of the announcement couldn’t have been more perfect.
If ever there was a time to make a statement as to the absolute certainty of the Calgary Flames’ feeling they have the right man for the job, it’s to extend the head coach of a rebuilding franchise during a six-game losing streak.
It serves as a reminder to the fans that the team’s brass knows there will be plenty of growing pains to come and that the early-season exceeding of all expectations did nothing to change their short or long-term plans.
December 18 2014 08:40AM
1. Well well well
Since the last publication in this space here, the Flames have gone 0-fer in five straight games, running their losing streak to six.
In reading the comments here on the site and in other Flames-related destinations around the internet, from people who swore up and down that all the winning the team did early on was 100 percent feasible, I've been shocked to see that people are more or less fine with this. Well, maybe "fine with this" is not the right term, because no one likes to lose any games — let alone six straight — but it seems to be a grudging acceptance.
December 17 2014 02:55PM
The National Hockey League is abuzz with coaching news nowadays, mostly firings, so for once, here's some good news.
The Flames signed Bob Hartley to a "multi-year" extension, the club announced today. There's a presser later this afternoon on the subject.