Post-Game: Flames Lose To Better Team (Again)

Ryan Pike
April 03 2015 02:12AM

A few weeks back, the Calgary Flames lost 4-0 to the St. Louis Blues.

The Blues are, in so many ways, what Calgary wants to turn into in a few years. The Blues are a deep, deep team. They've drafted well. They have good coaching. They have a team that can roll four good lines and hurt you in many ways.

They hurt Calgary in many ways tonight. The Flames lost 4-1. It was a game many expected Calgary to lose, and it provided many lessons.

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FGD #78: The Gateway to the Playoffs (6pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
April 02 2015 02:00PM

With just five games remaining in their regular season schedule, the Calgary Flames sit in what's become familiar territory this season: in a playoff spot.

The Flames head to the Gateway to the West, St. Louis, tonight. They have lost their first two games this season against the Blues, but they've also been on a tear of late, winning two of the first three games of this five-game road trip. And after two games against the Blues, particularly a close one that got away from them a bit on St. Patrick's Day (losing 4-0 at home), the Flames will be a motivated bunch tonight.

After all, a win - or even a point - will go a long, long way to cementing their playoff status.

Puck drop is at 6pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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The Flames Keep Pulling Rabbits Out Of Their Hat

Ryan Pike
April 02 2015 01:00PM

Three nights ago in Dallas, the Calgary Flames were wildly out-shot for most of the game. Yet, the Flames found a way to keep the game close, and then found a way to win.

It's another in a series of games where the Flames weren't well-positioned to win, yet pulled a rabbit out of their hat and got some points out of it.

For the curious, here are the games I've identified as instances where the Flames have managed to pull rabbits out when they needed to do so. These aren't including instances where the Flames got offense from odd sources - say hello, Deryk Engelland's pair of goals against Dallas, David Schlemko's shootout heroics and/or Josh Jooris' hat trick - merely games when the team somehow pulled victory from the jaws of defeat.

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The Herald Reveals Many Arena Project Details

Ryan Pike
April 02 2015 11:00AM

For the past several years, details on the potential new building for the Calgary Flames building were as follows: they wanted one because the Saddledome is old.

This morning, the fine folks at the Calgary Herald - notably Jason Markusoff of the city hall beat - worked their magic and basically gave us a very nice dump of info regarding the project, which to this point had more or less been theoretical and confirming many whispers and suspicions surrounding it.

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5 things: Five left

Ryan Lambert
April 02 2015 09:00AM

1. Going their way

Well the tightness at the bottom of the Western Conference playoff race predictably held more or less steady over the last week, but the good news for Calgary is that a few of the results went their way. They are, again, ostensibly only battling Winnipeg and Los Angeles for the last playoff spots, either in the division or wild card, as it's three teams trying to fit into those two slots.

The Jets faced a fairly tough schedule this week, even as they only played one road game (at Vancouver). Hosting Montreal, Chicago, and New York isn't easy for various reasons, and that they went 1-3-0 on the week wasn't that much of a surprise. Complicating things further for them is the fact that Dustin Byfuglien is going to be suspended for more than a few of their five remaining games (only a phone hearing, though, so I'm assuming it's only three or four). That's really going to hurt their chances to win their five remaining games, only two of which actually seem winnable; those would be the last two of the season, though, at Colorado and then hosting Calgary a week from Saturday. The latter is, obviously, a four-point game.

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