October 18 2016 10:31PM
It took them four tries, but the Calgary Flames have finally gotten into the win column. Don't let that statement fool you, though: it wasn't easy. It took the Flames 62 and a half minutes and some nice individual efforts from the fourth line (and Matthew Tkachuk) to get them a hard-fought 4-3 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres.
It was not pretty. It was a game that lacked beauty and flow for much of its duration. But for the Flames, it was a direly needed two points.
October 18 2016 12:00PM
The Calgary Flames played three games in four nights to open the 2016-17 season. They lost all three of them. Now, after a day off and a day of practice, they're back to kick off a three game home stand. At the end of the week looms a game with the powerhouse St. Louis Blues. But tonight they kick off their week against the Buffalo Sabres, with the hopes that they'll be able to knock the cobwebs loose and begin to play like the team many feel they can be.
The action kicks off at 7 p.m. MT on Sportsnet Flames (with Rick Ball and Kelly Hrudey) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias).
October 18 2016 08:00AM
Hello, and welcome to FlamesNation's weekly prospect updates. Now that all Flames prospects (except Adam Fox) have started their seasons, it is fitting that we keep you in the loop. Without much further ado, let's dive right in.
October 17 2016 02:30PM
Earlier today the Calgary Flames made the signing of goalie Tom McCollum official, bringing the total number of goaltenders under contract to seven. Granted, Nick Schneider is currently with the Western Hockey League's Medicine Hat Tigers (and has an impressive 5-1-1 record thus far), but that still leaves six bodies in various levels of professional hockey.
So what are the Flames going to do with all these goalies?
October 17 2016 11:45AM
We're now three games into the Flames' season. They have not necessarily gone optimally. A part of that has been the defence, and a part of that is the fact that it has been inconsistent, lineup-wise. Just four members of the Flames' eight defencemen have played all three games: Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, Dougie Hamilton, and Deryk Engelland. Two have played only two games: Jyrki Jokipakka and Dennis Wideman. Two have only played one game each: Brett Kulak and Nicklas Grossmann.
After three games, we appear to be at a more satisfactory lineup than what the Flames started the season with. Brodie and Giordano have been reunited, the younger members of the group are all playing, and Engelland fills out the rest by being the best of the remaining three.
Something that hasn't changed much, though, are the forwards. The lineups looked pretty satisfactory to start with: each line appeared balanced, and all four of them had guys who could play a regular shift with no problems.
But they haven't been scoring all that much, is the thing.
There are plenty of justifications for that, namely: the top line has played all of three games together, and had one preseason game between the three of them. If they get a little more time together, it's possible they figure it out, and the scoring will go up. It definitely looks like they're starting to get there.
But it's an off day, so let's play panic mode and rearrange the forward lineup, just for fun.