April 07 2010 10:41AM
The agonizing death march has finally concluded, aptly enough with yet another one goal performance. The Flames were by no means bad last night against San Jose; like many other nights this season they were simply stifled by a lack of creativity and finish. I won't say that was the Flames only problem this year - there's been some very obvious possession and special teams issues - but it has frequently been the most glaring. Charlie Simmer's "get bodies to the net, keep it simple" cliche seems to have been the club's offensive mantra this season, and when pucks started deflecting into the corner rather the net sometime in November (as they were bound to) the wins became a whole lot tougher to come by.
April 06 2010 03:44PM
Welcome to the Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s 80th game of the season on April 6, 2010.
April 06 2010 07:55AM
Well, it could be a good day for the Calgary Flames — a day where they return to an 8th place tie with the Colorado Avalanche. On the other hand, it could be a worst-case-scenario day for the Flames, with their playoff hopes ending following the fate of game #80. Let's see how it all breaks down.
April 06 2010 12:18AM
One of the sad realities of being a Flames fan the last few years has been the club's tendency to stumble down the stretch. Under Playfair, the club went 9-8-1 the last 6 weeks before slinking into the post-season and getting roasted by the Red Wings. In Keenan's first season, Calgary went 8-6-1 down the stretch. Last year was the famous Jokinen/injury/cap pinch fiasco and the record was appropriately poor: 9-11-0.
April 05 2010 08:48AM
The Flames season of irony continued yesterday. Calgary as a team played their best game in recent memory...and, of course, ended up losing by a wide margin. Some of that is a credit to the team they were playing, but really, it's just par for the course for this club in 2009-10.