March 22 2012 01:45PM
The softest portion of the Flames final leg concludes tonight in Minnesota. Having the Oilers, Blue Jackets and Wild as opponents in rapid succession should have been a blessing to a team chasing the playoff (pipe) dream, but the fates and the Flames own shortcomings colluded to sour those hopes.
March 22 2012 10:23AM
Unless Calgary goes on the sort of run down the stretch that would make 2003-04 look commonplace, a solid portion of the this off-season will again be spent picking through the rubble, trying to piece together what went wrong. Naturally, we did something similar round these parts last year and one analysis that is even more relevant for the club today is Flames and the inverted pyramid, where I showed how the club's top players actually lagged behind the depth guys in terms of driving play.
March 21 2012 11:47AM
Success in the salary cap era is all about getting value for the dollar. The successful teams find bargains while the non-contenders are paying premiums for every goal scored or prevented. As the season winds down, let’s see where the Calgary Flames have value, and where they don’t.
March 21 2012 09:29AM
1. No intensity
Of course, it's not officially official or anything just yet, but that loss to Columbus (in the shootout though it was) following the one to Edmonton has me pretty well convinced.
March 20 2012 11:36PM
Once again the Flames find themselves on the short end of the stick, and with eight games left, there isn't much of a stick left to grasp to. Going into this game, it was viewed that Calgary was going to need to go 6-2-1 to make the playoffs; well if it's true, they burned the one and only extra time loss they have been afforded. It was a pretty tight game for the most part, but when you're playing a team you're trying to catch, you have to find a way to get the two points. Colorado did, Calgary did not.