Flames Playoff Chances

Kent Wilson
January 12 2012 10:27AM



While I'm sure would rather talk about the Flames long term plans, the truth is the club is no doubt going to continue to push for the postseason this year as long as that goal is reasonably within reach. As such, it makes sense to consider the Flames chances of climbing up to 8th by the end of the year.

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VOICE OF THE NATION - Make.Goals.Better

Vintage Flame
January 11 2012 11:24AM


Your Calgary Flames are currently mired in a battle with mediocrity, and the experts are suggesting that The Flaming C needs to win at least 27 of their remaining 39 games to qualify for a playoff berth. No easy feat, but I’m here to tell you, chums, that the picture isn’t as bleak as it seems. Thanks to the extended road trip forced upon the team due to the lending out our fabled Saddledome to Hockey Canada and the World Juniors, the Flames will rock the Dome for 23 of those aforementioned 39 games. Couple that with the 11-5-2 record the team has compiled here in CGY, an impossible task now seems…well, very implausible, but hey…never tell me the odds

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Five things: Something to smile about

Ryan Lambert
January 11 2012 09:26AM



1. He did it!

There hasn't been a lot to be happy about this year as a Flames fan, unless you count Olli Jokinen's 1,000th game (and you shouldn't). But Jarome Iginla's milestone goal is certainly one of them.

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Does the Momentum Boost From Fighting Help Teams Win Games?

Jonathan Willis
January 11 2012 02:40AM

It’s a scene anyone who watches NHL hockey has seen: two players squaring off, dropping the gloves, and going at it. One player might dominate the other, the two players might draw more or less even, but after the fight the teams will generally get back to playing 5-on-5 hockey (barring an instigator penalty to one player.)

Usually, one team will come out playing better after the fight. And usually, the commentator that evening will make a point of mentioning that Player X’s big fight win and/or willingness to go toe-to-toe with a beast like Player Y has given his team momentum.

Is there any truth to that story?

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Postgame: Thems The Breaks

Nation World HQ
January 10 2012 11:04PM

There have been a number of games this season where the Calgary Flames have played some pretty decent hockey only to catch a few bad breaks and come out on the losing end of things.  On Tuesday night, the Flames managed just 14 shots on goal against the New Jersey Devils, yet came out on the winning end of things by a 6-3 score.  Some shoddy goaltending and good fortune helped them along to their seventh straight win on home ice.

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