Sochi: Franzen Out, Could Backlund Be In?

Ryan Pike
January 30 2014 12:28PM


Fairly significant Olympic hockey news came down this morning, as it was announced that Red Wings forward Johan Franzen will miss the tournament due to an injury. As per tradition, this immediately began speculation regarding who could replace Franzen next month in Russia as part of Team Sweden.

Let's throw this bit of speculation into the fore - could Calgary Flames forward Mikael Backlund be on the short-list?

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Five things: Look who's back

Ryan Lambert
January 30 2014 09:49AM

1. Cammalleri back tonight*

This was some very good news to come out yesterday morning: The Flames' most tradeable asset is back and ready to go tonight against San Jose.

This is good for a few reasons:

a) It's always great to see someone recover from a concussion because, damn, those are scary.

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Flames New Arena Design Leaked?

Kent Wilson
January 29 2014 07:10PM


Screen grab from Daily Planet


Metro News contacted me today to talk about this topic. It was all news to me when they called to tell you the truth.

Short version: apparently a recent episode of Daily Planet showed off a new sports arena concept animation. The concept featured Flames logos and branding pretty prominently. 

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Much Ado About the Power-Play

Ryan Pike
January 29 2014 10:14AM


It's well-established that the Calgary Flames are not a great 5-on-5 team. They have just 82 goals at even strength, 28th in the NHL (ahead of Montreal and Buffalo), and they've allowed more goals at 5-on-5 than anybody but Nashville, the Islanders and Edmonton.

The reason why other teams are able to overcome their dreadful even-strength totals is their power-play. Calgary's power-play is converting about 14.8% of chances, which places them at 25th in the NHL. For reference, the teams that are worse are Buffalo, Carolina, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Florida, and every team is significantly worse than Calgary. (Spoiler: being bad at even-strength and the PP is why Buffalo is 30th.)

Here's a quick look at just how the Flames PP is doing.

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Post-Game: The Track Meet

Ryan Pike
January 28 2014 11:07PM

Tuesday night's contest was an opportunity on many fronts for the Calgary Flames. It was their chance to continue a string of solid efforts that pre-dates their current winning string. It was a chance to clinch the season series against the reigning Stanley Cup Champions from Chicago. It was also their chance to win three in a row for the first time all year, something they had failed to do three times previous.

It was also considered a potential measuring-stick game for the club, a chance to see how they stacked up against one of the most complete hockey clubs in the NHL. But sometimes things turn out a bit weirdly, and as a result, the Flames were engaged for two periods in a bit of a track meet.

Oh, and Reto Berra failed to get a regulation win for the 22nd time this season. That's gotta be some sort of record.

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