February 07 2012 12:05AM
It's no secret that the Flames were going to have to come out with guns blazing against the Ducks if they wanted to attempt any level of success at the Honda Center. It's never been a friendly place to Calgary, having won only once in the past 20 contests. It looked like it was going to be much of the same tonight, but the flames managed to pull it together and for the most part work their way back into this thing. In the end, it was the same old story and a 14th straight loss in Anaheim. The Flames gained a single point but still find themselves 3 points back of 8th place Minnesota.
February 06 2012 10:55PM
February 06 2012 07:26PM
Anaheim is bit of a funhouse mirror maze for Calgary - the clubs are basically inverted versions of each other and the Flames frequently get lost when they visit the Honda center.
Anaheim is a grossly top-heavy club - perhaps the most in the league - although the addition of Hagman and Pelley have helped somewhat. The recent trun-around for the Ducks has a couple of primary causes. As Pat notes below that Hiller has regained his form after a terrible first half. In addition, the Ducks shot and possession metrics have improved to middling from putrid under Boudreau.
Since Bruce arrived in town, the team-wide Ducks corsi-tied is 502. That's quite mediocre, but a vast improvement over the .450 or so they were managing with Carlyle. The big guns have begun to find their feet under the erstwhile WAS coach as well: Corry Perry and Ryan Getzlaff boast a .530 corsi ratio over the last 27 contests. That's healthy on most teams and orders of magnitude better than just about any other skater on the Ducks. The deadly duo were floating around .500 for much of the season until the coaching change, but it looks like they are once again driving the bus to a non-trivial degree. As usual, they will likely prove to be a handful for the Flames tonight.
February 06 2012 11:27AM
As per Bob McKenzie, a trio of players with NHL experience are on the waiver wire today. Are any of them particularly interesting?
February 06 2012 11:14AM
If I'm being honest with myself, I don't really see the Calgary Flames falling out of the playoff hunt between now and the NHL's trade deadline at the end of the month. Even with upcoming games against the likes of the Sharks and Canucks, I still see Calgary remaining within striking distance of eighth in the Western Conference. That said, they start a three game road trip tonight in Anaheim that could prove to be very important (8 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960).