FGD #43: The Little Things (CBC; 8pm MT)

Ryan Pike
January 10 2015 11:15AM

A shade over 24 hours after their sloppy-as-heck 6-5 home loss to the Flo-Rida Panthers, the Calgary Flames are back in action, hoping to get back on the horse and win some darn games.

However, on a three-game losing streak, the Flames (21-18-3) now face off with the Vancouver Canucks (23-13-3), an old rival that they have had trouble beating in recent years. However, Calgary can get back to their winning ways tonight if they stick to doing the little things right.

What little things? Connecting on passes, clearing out the defensive zone effectively, and managing the mental side of the game (e.g., not letting things get away from them all of a sudden). The team has been sloppy as all heck on those three things over the past three games, so it's not surprising that they've lost all three of them.

The puck drops at 8pm MT on CBC (with Dave Randorf and Gary Galley) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias).

For a view from the other side, check out those fine folks over at Canucks Army!

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THE PACIFIC WAR ROOM

Nation World HQ
January 10 2015 07:30AM

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Courtesy of The Royal Half, here's a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. We present the latest instalment of Pacific War Room for the 2014-15 NHL Season!

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Post Game: "Hockey"

Taylor McKee
January 09 2015 09:55PM


If you have to watch a replay of this game, make sure that you mute the commentary and instead play this. It will be more appropriate. 

Yikes. Guys. Did we all see that?

The Flames and Panthers played an "NHL" game tonight filled with "goaltending" and "defence." The Panthers won 6-5 and the Flames just couldn't get out their own way. Come see what happened here!

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Flames Shore Up Center Depth With Trade

Ryan Pike
January 09 2015 08:18PM

Prior to the commencement of tonight's game with the Florida Panthers, Flames general manager Brad Treliving made a trade with the visitors: center Corban Knight has been sent to the Panthers in exchange for center Drew Shore.

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FGD #42: Cat Fight (7pm MT; SN1)

Ryan Pike
January 09 2015 11:30AM

After a tumultuous first 41 games to the season, featuring both crazy-long winning AND losing streaks, the Calgary Flames begin their back-half of the season tonight with the dream of a playoff berth swirling in their heads. The first step forwards the Flames (21-17-3) making that dream a reality is tonight against the visiting Florida Panthers (18-11-9).

The Flames and Panthers are both quite similar. Both seemingly bottomed-out last season and drafted really great hockey players - Florida got Aaron Ekblad, Calgary got Sam Bennett - and are now arguably over-achieving by virtue of good systems play and smart coaching. Both teams are presently their respective conference's best non-playoff team. Calgary's two points out of a playoff spot, Florida is three points back of one. Both teams are buoyed by the impressive play of a first-year player contending for the Calder (Florida's Ekblad and Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau).

The puck drops at 7pm MT tonight on Sportsnet One and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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