January 13 2015 09:00AM
It's another practice day for your local sports team, so let's take this brief recess to talk about prospects. Calgary has a lot of prospects, so I decided to split up this check-in into two parts: forwards today, and defensemen and goalies tomorrow.
I excluded Marcus Granlund - since he's spent so much time in the NHL and outside of his face-offs, I'd wager they see him as an NHLer at this point - and anybody on an AHL contract. Also, since Devin Setoguchi and Brian McGrattan aren't prospects, they are also not included.
January 12 2015 03:31PM
It was another rollercoaster weekend for Oilers fans. You were on a high after Friday's convincing victory over Chicago, but the winning ride didn't last long after yesterday's loss to the Florida Panthers.
We are officially past the halfway point of the NHL season, with only the Rangers, Canucks, Panthers and Blue Jackets not playing 41 games, but we've seen 627 of 1230 games played.
Here are some thoughts on the first half and some expectations for the second.
January 12 2015 09:13AM
It's a practice day for your Calgary Flames as they prepare themselves for the remaining four games of their current "road trip" - a big one including stops in Glendale, San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim - so let's take some time to poke around the various happenings regarding the local hockey club.
January 11 2015 12:00PM
It's Sunday, so let's ruminate on some things before we delve into the meaty topics again on Monday.
First off, if you can, head down to the 'Dome today at 1pm (or turn on Sportsnet), because the powerhouse Brandon Wheat Kings and the Calgary Hitmen are having a game. You can see three Flames draft picks - Keegan Kanzig for the Hitmen and Morgan Klimchuk and Eric Roy for the Wheaties.
Secondly, given that publicly, the Flames have really leaned on the playoffs as something they should achieve, will the reason be a disappointment if they don't make it? Is it truly playoffs or bust? And has your personal tone changed given the Flames' recent slide down the standings?
January 10 2015 11:03PM
Roughly a day and a half after reenacting the plot from Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Joni Ortio made his first appearance of the season for the Flames in the back-half of a back-to-back for his team. Sixty minutes of calm goaltending later, he left Vancouver with a win and his first National Hockey League shutout.
The Flames eked out a 1-0 win on the road against a team they haven't had much success against, backstopped by a goaltender who went through a 40-hour travel nightmare to get back to the big leagues. Life's funny like that.
As for the game? It was ugly, but Ortio and the Flames found a way to beat the Vancouver Canucks. Here's how it went down at Rogers Arena tonight.