February 01 2012 09:04AM
1. The Brendan Morrison trade sends a mixed message
The other day Calgary traded Brendan Morrison to Chicago, ostensibly to lend them some help down the middle so they don't need to keep playing woefully-ineffective center Patrick Kane at the pivot instead.
January 31 2012 09:49PM
Final Score: 3-1L
January 31 2012 06:11PM
Here we are folks. The home stretch.
The Flames rode Kiprusoff and some really tight, low scoring affairs to a decent record before the break. I'm not bullish on their chances to keep winning like that myself but at this point I don't know if they have any other options. Playoffs remain the goal, so the Flames acting like the Wild under Lemaire is what we'll see for the remainder.
The Red Wings, on the other hand, consider the post-season a foregone conclusion and have higher asiperations. I'm not sure what Detroit will do once Dastyuk, Zetterberg and Lidstrom go away, but for now they remain one of the best in the league.
Calgary has stolen some points from the Wings gaping maw so far this year, but tonight remains a tough test nonetheless.
Nation World HQ
January 31 2012 11:32AM
Just like the rest of the NHL, the Calgary Flames put their pants on one leg at a time. However, when they've got their pants on, the Flames just aren't scoring a lot of goals. Save for a six goal outburst against a dreadful Oilers opponent, Calgary has managed just five regulation goals in their last five games. The good news? They got points in three of those games. The bad news? They'll need a little more tonight against the red hot Red Wings (7 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960).
January 31 2012 07:52AM
So hear it is. After 50 games last year the Flames sat with a record of 23-21-6 and 52 points. This year going into the All-Star break, Calgary had completed 50 games and their record? You got it, 23-21-6. Instantly these numbers usually bring a groan from whoever you just told that too, usually followed by, “Here we go again”.
Are the Flames capable of not just replicating what they did last year, but actually improving upon it? If you were to ask most fans, the answer would be a resounding no. But why? Are the fans just so jaded now by the makeup of this team, or its speculated lack of direction that they just want immediate radical change and are tired of hearing the GM-of-the-week proclaiming to the fan-base like Feaster did that once again “We’re going for it!”