December 24 2014 08:35AM
Happy Belated Festivus, Citizens, hopefully your various feats of strength did not include powerful muscle pulls. Mine most certainly did.
I want to talk about something that happened during the ho hum, run of the mill Flames victory over the Kings on Monday, something that many have been calling for since the days where we were making ebola jokes in place of mumps jokes, and nobody was talking about North Korea: your Calgary Flames finally, FINALLY put Sean Monahan on a line with Johnny Gaudreau and Jiri Hudler.
And Johnny Hockey scored a hat trick, so...
You know as well as I do that sample size is everything, and that results are not typical, but I'm here to make the case that this is a line that would thrive with regular playing time, and if the Flames are serious about turning their season around after this MacTavishian slump, keeping this trio united would go a long way in doing that (as well as playing Gio and Brodie something to the tune of 60 minutes a game, but that's a story for another day)
We'll discuss this in greater detail in this here article today, but here's a spoiler alert for you tl;dr crowd out there: this is a good thing that needs to be more permanent. Like "never not doing this" permanent.
December 23 2014 09:00AM
The Flames currently find themselves in dire straits. While starting the season off with a bang with 17 wins in their first 26 games, they’ve now come crashing back to earth and lost eight straight. Was the hot string at the start of the season all luck? Smokes and mirrors that have all evaporated into nothing? Probably. But there is a consistent trend that has persisted for the majority of the season that might give a fan a little hope that they won't Oilers themselves off a cliff. That being the powerplay.
Let me explain…
December 23 2014 01:20AM
Heading into the meat of tonight's game in Los Angeles, things did not look great for the Calgary Flames. Down 3-0 to the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Flames seemed set for their ninth straight loss. To that point, the Flames had been out-played and largely out-classed by the Kings.
Then Johnny Gaudreau happened.
The Calgary Flames won 4-3 in overtime in a game that turned on the play of a 21-year-old rookie. Johnny Gaudreau saved Christmas.
Here's how it happened.
December 22 2014 01:48PM
The Calgary Flames complete their pre-Christmas schedule tonight in Los Angeles. Despite all the disappointment and frustration over their present eight-game winless streak (0-7-1), a lot of that apprehension would be eliminated with two points against the Los Angeles Kings.
December 21 2014 11:36AM
The Flames got a point last night, their first such standings point in 17 days. Since December 4, they're 0-7-1. Granted, a lot of the past 17 days has been horrid luck, but occasional lapses have come back to haunt the Calgary Flames in a big way lately.
So our Sunday question is thus: Has Calgary's losing streak changed your tune about the team, or are you satisfied with the team being at .500 (or thereabouts) around Christmas?