January 17 2015 02:23PM
Tonight! Live from the HP Pavilion in downtown San Jose, California! It's the 45th game of the 2014-15 Calgary Flames season, as they take on divisional rival (and my cousin's favourite team), the San Jose Sharks!
The Flames (23-18-3) enter the evening in a place that even the most optimistic person wouldn't have projected they'd be in mid-January: a single point outside of a playoff spot. But between some hot streaks and never really getting blown out of any games they lost, the Flames are a confident bunch that honestly believes that they can win any game they're in. And as we delve deeper into the schedule and the Flames attempt to actually make the playoffs for the first time since 2009, having that kind of confidence could mean the difference between winning and not.
The Sharks (24-16-5) may be the NHL franchise that most exemplifies missed opportunities. The Sharks have been a damn good hockey club since, well, a decade, but every single season they make the playoffs and something gets in their way. Last season? It was blowing a 3-0 series lead to the eventual Stanley Cup champions. They seem well-positioned to once again make a run at the playoffs, but this remains a mentally fragile group until they finally prove to themselves - and the entire hockey world - that they can finish the job.
It's the third of five meetings between these two teams. Each side has won a game so far. After tonight, each team gets a home date with the other side.
The puck drops tonight at 8pm MT. The game is on CBC (with Dave Randorf and Garry Galley) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias).
Nation World HQ
January 17 2015 07:30AM
Our friends at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the
best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In alphabetical order of the teams in the Pacific Division… we present this week's instalment of Pacific War Room for the 2014-15 NHL Season.
Nation World HQ
January 17 2015 06:00AM
NHL Fantasy Hockey tips from The Nation Network and DailyFaceoff.com. 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).
January 16 2015 03:42PM
We're deep into the second half of the season, gang, and now that the Calgary Flames are still in it, fans and media alike are watching the other games wondering "Will the Flames make the playoffs?"
So let's keep an eye on games with playoff implications in the wild, wooly Western Conference!
January 16 2015 12:51PM
After last night's triumph over the Arizona Coyotes, the Calgary Flames have a 23-18-3 record in 44 games. 38 games remain in the 2014-15 season.
As you can see here, the schedule isn't horrible.