November 03 2013 08:37PM
(photo courtesy Baron1981)
The Calgary Flames opened their latest road trip – this one a four-game jaunt through the American midwest – on Sunday evening in Chicago against the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Traditionally a tough place to play, as the Flames had lost 13 consecutive visits to the United Center, the Flames attempted to mix up their energy by starting a brand-new goalie against the champs.
Reto Berra, formerly of Swiss League A and more recently of the Abbotsford Heat of the American League, made his Flames and NHL debut on Sunday evening. He replaced Joey “MacBackup” MacDonald, who cleared waivers and was assigned to the Heat on Sunday afternoon. Would Berra's first outing be a sparkling affair like Freddie Brathwaite's? Or a disappointment, like many others?
And more importantly, would the Flames respond after an uneven effort against the Red Wings and two straight home losses?
November 03 2013 02:00PM
Coming off a pair of disappointing losses to the Leafs and Red Wings where the club probably deserved better, the Flames head back out onto the road to face the Chicago Blackhawks. Calgary hasn't won a single game in their last 10 visits to the Windy City and that doesn't figure to change any time soon since Chicago is again one of the best teams by any metric in the NHL.
November 02 2013 11:00AM
CGY also puts G Joey MacDonald on waivers.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 2, 2013
The Flames decision to claim Joey MacDonald off of waivers last year was understandable - with Kiprusoff hurt and a collection of career AHLers and Leland Irving to choose from otherwise, grabbing a seasoned (albeit mediocre) veteran was defensible.
November 01 2013 10:22PM
One night after the Dixie Chicks took over the Scotiabank Saddledome, the Calgary Flames hosted the Detroit Red Wings. Maybe it was the fancy new third jerseys (I like them), maybe it was the chippy ice, but the Flames seemed to struggle to grab hold of the play for chunks of the game. And despite a notable flurry in the second period, they just couldn't capitalize on their chances and let some points slip away.
Here's a look at how things went down tonight.
November 01 2013 09:49AM
The former juggernaut Detroit Red Wings aren't quite as run down as their unfortunate home town, but cracks are finally starting to show in the armor. Right now, Detroit is 14th in the league in terms of score-close possession, a metric they routinely dominated for years. Datysuk and Zetterberg are growing long in the tooth, but for now remain top drawer two-way players.