November 12 2013 12:52PM
After a road trip that netted just a single win, the Calgary Flames (6-9-2) return home to try to bolster their fairly-strong home record and creep back to .500 when they host the San Jose Sharks (10-2-5). The puck drops at 7pm MT on the Sportsnet media properties (I believe it's on Sportsnet West tonight).
The Flames have played just six of their 17 games this season at the Saddledome, which is good because they've produced seven points. The downside is they're still going to play some really strong teams, but for some reason, the Flames have been appreciably better at home over the past few seasons than on the road. (Last year, they were awful on the road.)
After losing three straight on the road, and putting up just two points in their last six games, the Flames need some wins. They'll be facing a similarly desperate San Jose club, who haven't won a game in their last five (they're 0-1-4) and probably view this game as the proverbial slump-buster. The two clubs met in San Jose on October 19, where the Sharks skated away with a 6-3 win (that was closer than the score appeared).
November 12 2013 09:01AM
The topic du jour around here and in many other areas of the Flames fandom has been the treatment of Mikael Backlund and Sven Baertschi at the hands of Bob Hartley this season. Both guys figured to be major pieces for the team moving forward, but Hartley has been ambivalent at best when it comes to both of them.
My thoughts on Hartley's experimentation and how it can impact the rebuild (and more) below...
November 11 2013 03:53PM
The recent bullying scandal involving two Miami Dolphin offensive lineman (details of the story here) has taken the NFL - and the sporting world - by storm, and doing so has also brought to light a bigger issue altogether: bullying in sport.
Bullying is a major issue that is rightfully being attended to more and more in schools. Some extreme forms of it can lead to the tormentor being formally charged by police. However, while bullying is being tackled hard in school, my experience is that little is being done outside of those halls. Especially in minor hockey where in my time lacing up the skates it was treated as a non-issue despite the fact it was so prevalent.
November 11 2013 11:16AM
First off, everyone here at FlamesNation hopes that you all have an excellent Remembrance Day (or Veteran's Day for our American pals). As is the tradition, there was an awful lot of ice hockey played over the past three days as it was a long weekend throughout North America.
Let's get ready for the upcoming week of hockey with a look around at what transpired in the past seven days.
November 11 2013 07:58AM
On the evening of December 24th, 1914, something redeeming happened along the Western Front in France and Belgium. Something sane, kind, good and human took over from the cruel madness that was emerging from the first few months of the Great War. On that night, rifles were put down and soldiers on opposite sides of a pitted field rose from their makeshift trenches filled with mud and earth and came together as comrades, offering each other gifts and friendship.