February 08 2011 04:45PM
This recent reversal by the Flames has lead to all sorts of rationales being mooted for the uptick in results, from a happier atmosphere in the aftermath of Darth Sutter's removal to just being lucky and plenty of things in between. There's every possibility that every and any of those sorts of explanations are at least partly at the root of the 13-3-4 run that Calgary finds itself on, but it's the role of fortune that interests me most, and why it seemed time for a little deeper look at the Flames since they went to Dallas on December 23rd.
February 08 2011 10:10AM
(Hockey Prospectus writer Rob Vollman returns to Flames Nation. This time he looks at some of the worst trades in Flames history to try to determine which swap belongs on top.)
Darryl Sutter was a busy man this time last year, dealing away Dion Phaneuf, Olli Jokinen, and a collection of depth players in exchange for some bad contracts, and a few others that were quickly given one. His gamble didn't pay off as the Flames fell short of the post-season, leaving the team with much of their cap space devoted to mediocre talent, and leaving him without a job.
February 07 2011 10:51PM
As a lot of us expected, it was a tight and hard fought hockey game Monday night at the 'Dome, and on this night, it was the Calgary Flames coming out on top with a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. The term "it could have gone either way" really did apply on this night, but the Flames did more than enough to earn the two points in a physical, chippy, mean hockey game.
February 07 2011 10:09PM
Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20799
February 07 2011 11:48AM
Saturday's game between the Flames and Kings at the Scotiabank Saddledome was a lot of fun and gave us a good preview of the type of hockey Calgary might be in for down the stretch. It was two teams with very little seperating them going shot for shot, and it took seven rounds of a shootout to finish it. It's on Calgary to duplicate their effort tonight when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks for the third time this year (7:30 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet Radio FAN 960).