March 25 2015 11:32PM
Well, I bet you didn't expect that did ya?
The Flames lost in a shootout tonight and Deryk Engelland scored a goal. Then another. I am not kidding. Beloved Flames Nation, I would kiss your loved ones and make peace with your God because I can pretty much guarantee that the end is nigh.
It is hard to be too upset about this loss, even though losing the point is certainly tough, especially in conjunction with the overtime loss to Columbus on this same home-stand. The Flames fought back and earned a point and I suppose that is still a positive, though it seems as though no one in the west will ever lose again. Did I mention that Deryk Engelland scored?!
Come read all about it after the jump!
March 25 2015 05:00PM
As the Calgary Flames prepare for tonight's big game with the Dallas Stars, a bit of information by way of Chris Nichols, who regularly tweets out quotes and tidbits from various NHL personalities on radio programs (and is a sports media personality in his own right):
Dreger: "Calgary considered to be a front-runner" for Kyle Baun. Decision expected today or tomorrow. #Flames (1050)— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) March 25, 2015
March 25 2015 02:40PM
There was one fewer body in the Calgary Flames locker room this morning.
The team announced that defenseman Douglas Murray's try-out has finished and he has left the team. As a result, he will not be signing with the organization. (To be fair, few expected him to, particularly given his ineligibility for the NHL or AHL playoffs.)
March 25 2015 01:00PM
It's late March, spring is in the air and the Calgary Flames are in playoff contention.
Tonight's test for the locals is a visit from the Dallas Stars, a once playoff hopeful team now playing out the string and hoping that their grouping of able-bodied youngsters that get some momentum and confidence into them that they can carry into next season, since it won't do them much good right now.
Calgary? They're opening the day in a playoff spot, with a magic number of 9.5 on both the Winnipeg Jets and Los Angeles Kings. The key for them? Just keep finding ways to win. With just 9 games to go and the magic numbers where they are, we're likely in for a photo finish of some sort - with an outside chance of a three-team standings log-jam for the final two berths.
The puck drops at 8pm MT and is part of a Sportsnet Wednesday night double-header. To avoid pre-emptions, check it out on Sportsnet One and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. (It's also on Sportsnet West when the earlier game is done.)
March 25 2015 11:00AM
This has been one of the more interesting years for Flames goaltending in recent history. Of course, that's a pretty easy feat to accomplish when most of said recent history was watching Miikka Kiprusoff suit up for at least 70 games a season, but still: it's been interesting.
Ryan recently wrote on Bob Hartley's tendency to spot the goalie with the hot hand and ride him endlessly. Right now, that goalie is Karri Ramo. But with Jonas Hiller having started 39 games this season to Ramo's 29 - not to mention the fact that Ramo has been pulled for Hiller's relief way more often than vice versa - Hiller has been an absolutely crucial part of the team's goaltending this season. Hell, he's been an absolutely crucial part of the team overall. Jonas Hiller was the best thing the Flames did on July 1, 2014.
So, what if they hadn't gotten him?