Byron Bader
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.

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Random Thoughts - Let's Talk Positive

Kent Wilson
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...

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Five things: What do you think?

Ryan Lambert
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.

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Top Prospects Game Day: Orr vs. Cherry at the 'Dome

Ryan Pike
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.

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2014 NHL Draft Midseason Top 5: Who Will The Flames Land?

Christian Roatis
January 15 2014 07:18AM


                                                                    pic via: TheWorldOfJuniorHockey

The saying "it's been tough sledding" has been all too true in Calgary over the past few weeks. For one, the National Hockey League team rebuilding in the StampedeCity has been having trouble scoring goals, forget winning games, which can really begin to get frustrating. Also, it's been warmer outside of late which has made the snow heavier and stickier making sledding more tough.

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