The Weekly Ignition: December 16 2013

Ryan Pike
December 16 2013 09:38AM

 

 

As the National Hockey League enters into the third month of the 2013-14 season, we're also hitting the lean part of the junior and college seasons. Christmas breaks are upon us, so hockey is thinning out a tiny bit.

So we have a little bit less to catch up on here in the Weekly Ignition.

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Post-Game: A Sunday Spectacle In Manhattan

Ryan Pike
December 15 2013 08:43PM

photo courtesy vagueonthehow

Just over 24 hours after their triumph in Buffalo, the Calgary Flames attempted to sweep the first two games of their five-game Eastern road trip in New York City. Facing a Rangers club that has a similar record, but isn't “rebuilding,” the Flames aimed to make their return to Broadway one to remember.

While the result on the standings probably wasn't what the team hoped for (with just a point to show for their trip to Madison Square Garden), we were treated to quite the entertaining spectacle on Sunday evening.

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FGD: Flames Take Broadway

Taylor McKee
December 15 2013 12:37PM

pic via Krandolph

I think I speak for all Flames fans when I say that we all knew the Chris Butler/Paul Byron connection was deadly. It was just a matter of time. 

As a result, the Flames are entering tonight's game on a two-game winning streak with a pair of OT wins against Carolina and Buffalo while the Rangers are currently on their longest home losing streak at MSG in 20 years.

Inexplicably, the Rangers and Flames are one point apart in the standings. That is, well, crazytown. The Rangers showed signs of recovery after a miserable start but are 3-6-1 in their last ten and are a shocking 5-9-1 at home. Yikes.

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POST-GAME: BASEMENT BATTLE

Byron Bader
December 14 2013 03:37PM

 

Basement Rec Area

 

 -Thanks to Retro ReDesign for the pic

In this outrageously early afternoon affair, we saw the 30th placed Sabres host the 26th placed Flames.  The game between these two juggernauts was as you might expect ... mediocre with very little highlight reel plays. Until the third period anyways. In the end, the Flames came out victorious, in overtime, over the Sabres.

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FGD: Lunchtime Affair

Christian Roatis
December 14 2013 10:08AM

 

Buffalo Sabres
- pic via Caroline King

 

In case you were wondering, the scheduled start time is not a typo. This game really does start at 12 PM Mountain Standard Time. Funny enough, this isn't even the earliest start time for the Flames this season, as the puck is scheduled to drop at 11 AM MST in Pittsburgh next Saturday. Weird stuff.

Anyway, today we'll see a battle of the bottom feeders as the 7-23-2 Buffalo Sabres tangle with the 12-15-4 Calgary Flames, ranked 30th and 26th overall in the NHL respectively.

The two squads in fact share many similarities besides that of not being particularly good. Both are in an admitted rebuild, both are without a General Manager and both will battle for two points today. Make no mistake, the Buffalo Sabres have pride and especially in front of their home crowd, will throw everything they have at the Flames. Luckily, that's not much. This is a very winnable game for the Flames, but it's no guarantee.


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