February 01 2014 09:36AM
Last night provided a rare opportunity to see two recent Calgary Flames draft picks in their natural element - the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Thankfully, our buds at Sportsnet televised a contest between the Gatineau Olympiques and the Drummondville Voltigeurs, so I was able to get a rare chance to check out 2013 first round pick Emile Poirier of Gatineau and 2012 fifth round pick Ryan Culkin of Drummondville. (Well, I saw them both during pre-season, but this is them in their current level of play against guys their own age.)
January 31 2014 10:41AM
Sitting Michael Cammalleri out of Thursday night’s contest against the San Jose Sharks is an easy decision to defend.
January 30 2014 10:14PM
Coming off of a game in which the Sharks had approximately 6,987 shot attempts and didn't score a single goal, it seemed fairly obvious that the Sharks would be fairly frustrated and looking to score a pile against a vastly inferior Flames lineup. Perhaps the Flames would put up a valiant fight, similar to the last meeting with the Sharks, and everyone would go home satisfied and altogether one step closer to Ekblad or Reinhart or whomever your heart desires.
YOU WOULD THINK THAT WOULDN'T YA, IDIOT?
Well, obviously this Flames team cannot be stopped. Backlund should be the captain of team Sweden and Giordano should be anchoring the top pairing in Sochi. Look for Sean Monahan to captain Canada in Korea also. I'm sorry, its just... it's just been a little hard this season so forgive me for being irrationally proud of these loveable goofs.
The Flames beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 and won their fourth straight game, the second of which against a top-tier opponent, and generally looked in control for the entire game. It was a very impressive, very solid victory and the Flames are doing a lot of things very well recently, the most important of which may be scoring goals (19 in their last five). Find out how they did it after the jump.
January 30 2014 02:39PM
Tonight, the Calgary Flames (19-27-7) try for their fourth straight victory when they host the San Jose Sharks (34-14-5) at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames have won their last three games, all of which have come on home ice. The three-game winning streak is the Flames longest winning streak of the 2013-14 season. It has been nearly two years since the Flames have won four or more games in a row. The last time the Flames won four straight games was March of the 2011-12 season when they actually won five games in a row from March 6, 2012 to March 15, 2012. Puck drops at 7:00 pm MT on Sportsnet West.
January 30 2014 12:28PM
Fairly significant Olympic hockey news came down this morning, as it was announced that Red Wings forward Johan Franzen will miss the tournament due to an injury. As per tradition, this immediately began speculation regarding who could replace Franzen next month in Russia as part of Team Sweden.
Let's throw this bit of speculation into the fore - could Calgary Flames forward Mikael Backlund be on the short-list?