January 17 2017 10:22PM
After a weekend where they captured just one of a possible four points, tonight's game against the Florida Panthers was a big one for the Calgary Flames. They came out of the gate looking motivated and despite giving up a pair of early goals, they controlled the balance of this game and were full marks in a 5-2 victory over their guests.
Here's how it went down.
January 17 2017 12:00PM
The Calgary Flames face an interesting test tonight in their quest for a return to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Suddenly losers of four of their last six games, the Flames will host the Florida Panthers this evening at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Panthers are a talented, young bunch (for the most part) and in terms of their standing in the East are basically that conference's version of the Flames. They're not perfect, but they're about as good as Calgary is – maybe a tad better – and so tonight will be a big test for the home side.
The game begins just after 7 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
January 17 2017 11:00AM
It's been a little less than a month since our last Consolidated Rankings were published, but six of the eight list makers have put out new rankings, and there has been plenty of movement already. The World Junior Championships also took place in that time frame, and as that's one of the most important events of the season for draft eligible prospects, it factors heavily in the perception of many of the players.
Let's take a look at the potential first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, as it looks in mid-January.
January 17 2017 08:00AM
From Dec. 17 to Jan. 17, the Stockton Heat only won three of 11 games and have nearly fallen out of the playoff race at the official halfway point of their season. Dragged down by all around declining performances, they are cautiously holding onto the seventh seed in their conference. It's not a pretty picture.
January 16 2017 02:00PM
The Calgary Flames started this season with a god awful excuse for a penalty kill. There is no other way to phrase it. Initially after a single game we saw some brief glimpses of systemic changes that new assistant coach Paul Jerrard was hoping to implement throughout the season. After that, like the Flames' ability to not take penalties, it fell off the rails and eventually hit league bottom.
Then something magical happened - primarily over the winning streak - and everything slowly progressed back to league average in flat PK%. Their penalty kill has become quite effective at suppressing the opposition. Still, there is a long way to go.