January 22 2013 10:46AM
The Flames dropping the first two games of the shortened season at home seems to confirm all the worst fears of the management and fanbase. The own-zone play has been sloppy, Kipper has looked helpless and there already seems to be a growing chasm between the team's aspirations and their outcomes.
As always, I remain skeptical of the club's direction and ability to do anything more than run in place. That said, there's many reasons not to overly weight the first two games of the season.
January 21 2013 11:50PM
The Calgary Flames remain winless after a sometimes-ugly, sometimes-exciting 5-4 home loss against the Anaheim Ducks (of Anaheim).
The contest was a microcosm of the entire season to date – both games of it. Jarome Iginla? One point (an assist), but largely invisible. The third line of Lee Stempniak, Matt Stajan and Roman Horak? Full of pep. The Flames? Tremendously inconsistent and unable to finish most of their chances.
January 21 2013 05:48PM
After the Flames didn't fare so well Shark fishing, today they'll try their luck at Duck hunting.
In four games last year, both teams were 2-1-1 and both winning their games in their own barn.
With the shortened schedule, the Flames will play the Ducks three times, two of which will be here at the Dome. Last time these two team faced off against each other, it was the last game of the regular season. Both teams were out of the playoffs and basically disinterested;. Akim Aliu led the Flames with two goals and the Ducks couldn't wait to get on the plane to go back to sunny California.
Tonight is a different story all together. The Ducks had the day off yesterday after taking the Canucks to the woodshed, and the Flames skate in their first of many... many, back-to-back games.
January 21 2013 04:29PM
News just coming down the pipe now that the Flame shave traded Henrik Karlsson to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a Senators 7th round pick (which the Hawks owned).
January 21 2013 04:20PM
Tonight's game preview coming up shortly, but before we get to that I just wanted to share that Book of Loob and Ryan Pike are publishing elsewhere these days.
BoL had his debut piece for the Spectator Tribune live this weekend. Check it: