January 16 2014 09:39PM
pic via Roncesvalles_MP
Well folks, here it is. The worst stretch of home losses in club history, seven in a row in regulation. During that stretch, the Flames have been out-scored 22-4 and been shut out four times. Yikes.
You'll be able to tell your kids about this bunch of games, presumably cautioning them to not take all of the Flames' recent consecutive Cup wins, and their stars like Connor McDavid, Sean Day, and Connor McDavid Jr. for granted ;)
The Flames lost 5-2 to the Winnipeg Jets tonight and basically looked ambivalent towards the game of hockey in general. They failed to generate scoring chances, convert on power plays, take advantage of shaky goaltending from Pavelec, get big (or even moderately big) saves from their goalie, and most pointedly, score when it mattered. Well, at least they weren't shut out.
January 16 2014 02:55PM
Tonight, after a brief two game road trip out east that saw the team travel roughly 8,000 km in three days, the Calgary Flames (16-25-6) return home for one game against the Winnipeg Jets (20-23-5) before going out on another two-game road trip. Puck drops at 7 pm MT on Sportsnet West.
January 16 2014 11:45AM
With the Flames reeling through an historic dry spell and plunging down the league standings faster than the Toronto Maple Leafs, it seems an odd time to talk about positivity. There's no question it's tough to be a Flames fan right now - the team can't score, they have won the fewest games in regulation in the NHL since the start of December and there's no obvious end to the misery in sight. In fact, there's a non-trivial chance the Flames will pick inside the top-2 come June.
So it's hard to blame the Dome crowds for being eerily silent these days.
Still, there are seeds of hope...
January 16 2014 09:50AM
1. Mixed results
So the Flames nearly put together a winning streak for themselves there, just for a second. It was a strange thing to read about the last few days, and the Nashville Predators put that talk to rest with a fairly comprehensive performance.
However, it's worth noting that the Flames were okay against the Penguins, which is I think better than anyone had any right to expect, and almost good against the Hurricanes, and that latter game was a win. The team is of course not going to lose every game from here on out, nor is it going to go through the scoring futility seen in the last few weeks.
January 15 2014 12:18PM
Well, the Calgary Flames are off today, but there's a big game brewing at the Scotiabank Saddledome. It's the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, featuring 40 of the top draft-eligible players playing in either the WHL, OHL or QMJHL. Well, except for Sam Bennett - Central Scouting's new #1 projected pick - as he's out with an injury.
A good many past Flames picks showed their wares at the Top Prospect Game. Amongst them? Sean Monahan, Morgan Klimchuk & Eric Roy (2013), Brett Kulak & Coda Gordon (2012), and Sven Baertschi & Tyler Wotherspoon (2011). Others in the game are former first rounders Leland Irving (2006), Dion Phaneuf (2003), Brent Krahn (2000) and Oleg "Freakin'" Saprykin (1999).
The puck drops at the Saddledome just after 7pm. You can be there live on the cheap, or you can watch on Sportsnet. Either way, tune in! Here's a quick look at who's suiting up. If they're ranked in the Top 30 by International Scouting Service or NHL's Central Scouting, It'll be noted.