January 18 2012 10:53AM
1. The Cammalleri trade
So I'm watching the Bruins/Canadiens game last week — you know, as you do — and Mike Cammalleri sure isn't getting a lot of playing time as the second period wore on.
January 17 2012 11:30PM
Continuing a really tough stretch, the Calgary Flames did most of what they could for success against a pretty good opponent, but in the end, the Flames kicked off a three game road trip falling 2-1 in a shootout at the hands of the San Jose Sharks. Miikka Kiprusoff was outstanding along the way, as Calgary wasn't able to hold a one goal lead heading into the final frame.
January 17 2012 11:21PM
Final Score: 2-1 SOL
January 17 2012 07:51PM
San Jose is a club that should truly scare any Flames fan. They have an abundance of what Calgary lacks - tried and true heavy hitters at even strength. This is because they are exceptional at drafting and developing quality hockey players and their management team is relatively savvy. It's a bit of a crime that Doug Wilson has yet to bring a cup to Northern California, but one would think it's only a matter of time.
Oh yeah - they have also handed Calgary some it's most embarrassing losses over the least few years.
The Sharks control the puck pretty well at ES, but they are also the best team in the league at generating shots on the PP. For the second straight season, the Sharks are leading the league by that measure by a wide margin (69.6 shots/60). Only Vancouver is close and they aren't really (59.3). The Flames, in contrast, are one of the worst at 44.6.
San Jose hasn't scored as much as was expected through the first half, but that's mostly because their PP is only clicking on about 9% of their shots. The league average is around 12% and the Flames are actually humming along at 14%, which is why their overall success rate isn't too bad. You can be certain, though, the Sharks won't be snake-bitten on the man advantage forever. It wouldn't surprise me if they almost double their PP output from the first half. The Flames, on the other hand, will fall off unless they can start shooting a lot more.
Nation World HQ
January 17 2012 11:26AM
By the time we get to mid-February, the Calgary Flames will have played three games against the Sharks, seen the Kings one more time, and fought it out with other high end teams like the Red Wings, Blackhawks, and Canucks. Mix in a little Phoenix, Edmonton, and Anaheim for good measure and you've got a ten game stretch that really could make or break Calgary's season. That stretch starts tonight in San Jose (8:30 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960).