April 11 2013 09:56AM
The Flames loss and Avs win last night means Calgary is still very much in the race for a top-3 pick come June despite some pretty good hockey from the Flames in the last few games. Their goaltending/luck is still mostly rotten, but that's good news in the current environment. I know there is something undignified about celebrating failure, but with the team actually playing pretty well it's hard to get upset since the ultimate goal is drafting an elite talent and changing the club's fortunes in the long-run.
April 10 2013 11:10PM
As we all know, the Flames have nothing to play for right now but pride. The kids are getting their chance to prove themselves and give 110% on every shift, so there's effort there. On the other hand, the Canucks no doubt entered the evening assuming they were going to win.
April 10 2013 03:24PM
Well, gang, we're down to brass tacks. The Calgary Flames will not make the playoffs. If they win every single game, chances are slim. But hey, the season is almost over and the Flames are in full-on audition mode for younger players.
Tonight, with 10 games remaining in the borderline-disastrous 2013 season, the Flames (14-20-4) and the Vancouver Canucks (22-11-6) in the 250th meeting between the two clubs. Since their first epic clash (back when the Flames were in Atlanta) on October 28, 1972, the Flames hold a 123-83-33-10 edge, earning 58% of available points against the Canucks all-time. Expect that record to take a small hit tonight, however.
April 10 2013 01:10PM
Last night I wrote about some of the things we do at the NHL Network, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Glad to see!
As promised, I’m going to write about how we make highlight packs for hockey games. We’re going to look at two games from Monday night, specifically the Rangers-Leafs game, and the Flames-Avalanche game.
April 10 2013 09:34AM
I usually save this sort of analysis for the off-season, but now that Johnny Gaudreau is the Flames most important, high profile prospect outside of Sven Baertschi (and whoever they pick in the top-5 this summer), I didn't want to wait on things. It was recently announced that Gaudreau would be returning to Boston College to play next year (killing any chance of him turning pro any time soon) so this seems topical as well.