February 23 2012 05:50PM
While the Flames chief playoff rivals chase Jeff Carter this evening, Calgary will have to settle for trying to extract some points from the surging Coyotes. Phoenix added an ex-Blue Jacket of their own in Antoine Vermette recently and he'll probably feature in their top-6 tonight.
The Flames will also add a top-6 forward, albeit via the infirmary rather than the trade route. Glencross will slide back into the line-up and will be a welcome addition, given the fact the team has been running with Tom Kosotpolous in a scoring role recently.
Glencross was the Flames leading goal scorer when he went down with a knee injury, but I'm not sure we should expect him to pick up where he left off. After all, his 18 goals were had off the abck off a personal career high 24% SH%. That's amongst the league leaders this season and well clear of even the most accurate shooters in the NHL. Meaning: he's not going to do this forever, but let's hope it continues for a bit longer.
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February 23 2012 11:43AM
The Phoenix Coyotes may be the hottest team in the NHL, going 8-0-1 over their last nine games, helping them open up a four point playoff cushion. Now seventh in the conference, the Coyotes roll into Calgary for the first time this season as they get set for their second meeting this season with the Flames (7 pm, Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960). A win tonight for Calgary can launch Calgary back into a postseason spot.
February 23 2012 09:43AM
As we get ready for trade deadline day, many Flames fans are wondering if this team is going to be a player and if so, what role are they going to play in the convoluted game? The Flames position right now is one that leads us to think they will be buyers rather than sellers, but there are also two games to go before the 27th. Are those two games enough to change their position and view of deadline day? Or, regardless of the outcomes, will they merely serve to justify the moves they do make.
February 22 2012 04:45PM
To help wash away the..unpleasantness of last night, here's an update on some Flames prospects.
We've been breathlessly tracking Sven Baertschi's incredible season a lot in this space and the exploits of John Gaudreau and Bill Arnold werementioned by Ryan Lambert a couple of weeks back. To put their output in context, I decided to calculate their NHL equivalencies this season, based on past work done by the venerable Gabriel Desjardins.
February 22 2012 10:28AM
1. They're in the what-now?
has had a playoff spot?
If I had said that to you, say, a month ago, you would have laughed in my face and made me cry probably. But here we are, with Calgary having occupied the No. 8 spot for a few days and making everyone watching from the outside sprout large, floating question marks above their heads in abject confusion.