A NationDrafts Champion is Born

February 04 2015 06:00AM


To start off the year we decided to have another round of the always loveable NationDrafts!  Unfortunately, the pool ended without the fanfare that I feel that it deserved.  Things ended without our winners getting the day in the sun that they're pale blotchy skin so desperately deserves.  With that, I present the winners of the NationDrafts pool.

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Scoreboard Watching - February 3 2015

Ryan Pike
February 03 2015 01:00PM

The Flames are off today, but there's definitely some scoreboard watching to be done this evening as the Western Conference's playoff picture continues to evolve.

Here's what's going down tonight.

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Options Abound for Sam Bennett

Ryan Pike
February 03 2015 11:00AM

It was a newsworthy morning down at the Scotiabank Saddledome yesterday, as for the first time this season, Sam Bennett skated with the Calgary Flames' main group.

Bennett has been sidelined with a shoulder injury that he had surgically repaired early in the fall, and he's been around the team recuperating, rehabbing and getting back into shape. Now he's skating with the team in a non-contact jersey, and one would expect things will progress through him being cleared for contact and then cleared entirely within a few weeks. At this point, I'd be shocked if he wasn't fully cleared by the third week of February.

So...what do you do with him if you're the Calgary Flames?

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3 reasons postseason hockey might return to Calgary this spring

Thomas Drance
February 03 2015 09:00AM


Ask around, and you'll find that nobody has been as vocal about predicting the demise of the 2014-15 Calgary also rans Flames as I've been.

The Flames rocketed right to the top of the Western Conference with a stellar start to the year, limped through a near-disastrous December, and have regained their footing of late. Currently Calgary is holding down a Wild Card playoff spot (by point percentage), and have a decent lead on the likes of the Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars, and Minnesota Wild. 

Can they hang on? I'm still not betting on it and this is not to be mistaken for a mea culpa, but I am genuinely seeing more reason for optimism now than I was back in the halcyon days of late November, 2014. Click past the jump and permit me to explain.

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Post-Game: Beat The Jets

Ryan Pike
February 02 2015 10:08PM

It was a playoff-like atmosphere at the Scotiabank Saddledome tonight, as the Western Conference's two wild-card teams clashed in an effort to cement their playoff hopes. After a spirited sixty minutes of ice hockey, the Calgary Flames skated to a 5-2 win over the visiting Winnipeg Jets.

With the victory, the Flames creep a bit closer to the Jets and maintain a game in hand against their conference rivals.

Here's how things went down tonight.

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