The Playoff Chase - February 22 2015

Ryan Pike
February 22 2015 03:00PM

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It's Sunday, and one week has ended and another is about to begin. The Western Conference playoff picture only gets more and more jam-packed.

Let's check in on the playoff chase.

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Nation World HQ
February 22 2015 02:00PM

NHL Fantasy Hockey tips from The Nation Network and Here’s a quick run through of the best Fantasy Hockey waiver adds, sleepers and buy-low sell-high candidates for the week (Based on 12 team leagues).

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Why The Flames Should Claim Ilya Bryzgalov

Ryan Pike
February 22 2015 01:00PM

Two nights ago, Jonas Hiller started in goal for the Calgary Flames. His goaltending partner, Karri Ramo, worked the face-off clipboard and did not play. At this point, Hiller has been firmly established as Calgary's top netminder. Down on the farm, Joni Ortio has been playing well, though he is now out for several weeks with a high ankle sprain.

With several teams scrambling for goaltending help down the stretch, the Flames can do themselves a favour and corner the goaltending market by doing one simple thing.

They need to claim Ilya Bryzgalov off the waiver wire.

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First Star, Worst Star: February 22, 2015

February 22 2015 12:53PM


Like sands through the hourglass, so is First Star, Worst Star. 

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Lance Bouma's rise from fourth liner to local cult hero (who is still a fourth liner)

Ari Yanover
February 22 2015 11:00AM

Take yourself back to June 20, 2008. It's the first round of the NHL Entry Draft, and the Flames have just selected a nearly-point per game centre by the name of Greg Nemisz.

Flash forward to present day, and Nemisz is in the Carolina Hurricanes' farm system, toiling away at a .667 point per game pace. So... not great.

Instead, go back to June 21, 2008. It's the second round, and the Flames have selected a WHLer who's over a point per game by the name of Mitch Wahl. He's looking pretty decent, too, until he gets concussed. He's a point per game guy now, which is good. He's also in the ECHL, which is less impressive.

Let's try this again.

It's the third round. The Boston Bruins have just selected a goalie named Michael Hutchinson. Up next are the Flames, and while they don't know it, they're about to make their first successful pick of the draft. He's a not-even .500 point per game player with nearly 100 penalty minutes by the name of Lance Bouma.

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