January 15 2015 10:12PM
After four days off, the Calgary Flames began a crucial four-game road trip through the heart of the Pacific Division tonight with a 4-1 win in Glendale against the Arizona Coyotes (of Arizona).
The game was rather even for the first forty minutes or so, but the Flames played a patient game and took advantage of Arizona's mistakes and ultimately came away with a decisive victory. The Flames captured their 23rd victory of the season, off a
three two-point effort from their #23, Sean Monahan. (Joni Ortio made 27 saves for his second win in as many starts this season.)
Here's how it went down in the desert tonight.
January 15 2015 12:15PM
After four days off - well, one day off and three days of practice - the Calgary Flames are back in action in a stop/start month of January. They've hit the road for a four-game sojourn into the belly of the beast: the Pacific Division. These next four games will determine whether the team sticks with the playoff pack or falls back.
Tonight's test pits the Flames (22-18-3, 47 points) against Glendale's favourite hockey club, the Arizona Coyotes (16-22-4, 36 points). Much like the visitors tonight, the Coyotes have been characterized as a team of fits and starts. They've gone on decent runs, but they've also slid back into bad habits every now and then, and their goaltending hasn't done them any favours.
This is the fourth of five meetings between the Flames and Coyotes. The Flames have won the prior three: 5-3, 3-0 and 5-2. The puck drops for round four at 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
January 15 2015 09:00AM
1. Flames at the half
Well the Flames have now officially meandered through the first half of the schedule (and then some) so now seems like it's good a time as any to kick the tires on where they stand.
As I write this, ahead of last night's games, they're three points out of the last divisional playoff spot, and two out from the last wild card. However, the Canucks, with two games in hand, stand in their way for both those slots in the standings.
January 14 2015 03:03PM
The first half of 2014-15 is officially in the books. We laughed, we cried, we marvelled at about 25 of games of incredible shooting percentage assisted results. No, the Flames haven't become a post-rebuild Chicago Blackhawks type super power (yet) but there are encouraging signs emanating from the newly formed post-Iginla era. Rookies are playing regular minutes, Flames players are in the conversation for major awards and the org actually re-signed a coach (instead of firing him) for a change.
With all this in mind I gathered together FN regulars Book of Loob, Ryan Pike, Taylor McKee, Byron Bader and Beloch to talk about what was in 2014 and what's to come in 2015.
January 14 2015 09:00AM
As we roll towards the next Flames contest, let us continue with our tour through the team's prospects. Since yesterday featured a look at the forwards, now we look at the defensemen and goaltenders.
As with yesterday's look, we're excluding a few guys - players on AHL deals and Corey Potter, who is 31 and not quite a "prospect" in the organization. Brad Thiessen is included, as I think he may be in the team's future plans for reasons we'll get into later.