January 07 2014 01:41PM
Just 24 hours after kicking off the second half of the season with a big win over Colorado, the Calgary Flames (15-21-6) head back on the road to face the Phoenix Coyotes (20-12-9) in Glendale. The puck drops at 7pm MT on Sportsnet Flames, Sportsnet 960 Radio and all over the web.
The Coyotes sit in the final wild-card playoff spot in the West, just ahead of the Minnesota Wild due to the games-played tie-breaker. They've been sliding a bit in the past few weeks, having lost their first two contests of 2014 – and their last regulation win was back on December 12. They face a Flames club that has faced similar issues, both winning and closing games out.
This is Calgary's third meeting of the season with Phoenix. So far, the home team has won each game (and scored four goals) – the Coyotes won 4-2 on October 22, the Flames won 4-1 on December 4 in Calgary's last regulation win prior to last night.
January 07 2014 10:34AM
Canada finally announced their 2014 roster for the Sochi Olympics, and without a doubt the biggest surprise is Claude Giroux not making the team.
There are eleven returning players on the 25-man roster, but in my eyes Rick Nash continues to be the most overrated player in the NHL. Nash has had one 70-point season, and since the 2010 Olympics he has scored 185 points in 228 games, 25th most amongst Canadian-born players. In that same time span Marty St.Louis has scored the most points, 271, while Giroux is third with 255.
January 07 2014 09:30AM
(This was written before last night's content against the Avs)
We're through the first half of the 2013-14 season, which means the standings picture is starting to become clearer. Things can always change in the latter half of the year, but we have enough games under our belt now to at least get a feel for who the Flames are and what we can expect from the rest of the year.
January 06 2014 10:34PM
The Flames were victorious over the Avalanche 4-3 and everyone who holds the Flames near and dear can breath a sigh of relief. Finally, after scoring one goal in four games and being shutout left and right, the Flames were able to tally a few goals. Even better news, the Flames got their first win in five games.
January 06 2014 12:00PM
pic via Mod as Hell
The Flames have scored exactly one time during their last four games. That is, well, not great. Especially considering that those games were at home and two of them were against their two chief rivals, games that the Flames suffered shutout defeats. Yes, now might be a good time to get out of town.
This week the Flames will face the Avalanche, Coyotes, Penguins, and Blues who are a combined 106-42-19 so it goes without saying that this will be a very tough stretch of games for the locals. I would venture that the Flames will need at least two goals over this next stretch of four to have a chance.
The Flames travel to Denver tonight to take on the Avalanche (26-11-4) who will be a tough opponent for the struggling locals. Then again, I cannot imagine a team that would constitute an easy opponent right now when the Flames are looking like they deserve some sort of relegation.