FGD: The Return of the Bluesmeester

Byron Bader
December 23 2013 12:31PM



-Pic via Victoria Geisz

Tonight, in the last game before the Christmas break, the Calgary Flames (13-17-6) will host the St. Louis Blues (24-7-4). Tonight is somewhat of a special affair as Jay Bouwmeester will make his return to the Saddledome for the first time since the trade last Spring.

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The Weekly Ignition: December 23 2013

Ryan Pike
December 23 2013 09:47AM



Christmas time is almost here! Hockey will take a brief break later this week, but here's a quick rundown of where things stand here in the third week of December.

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Flames Injuries and Scratches Round-Up

Ryan Pike
December 22 2013 10:11AM

Just when you thought the Calgary Flames were getting healthy, circumstances begin to drag the team in the opposite direction.

Over the past few weeks, the team saw the returns of T.J. Galiardi, Curtis Glencross and Sean Monahan from injuries. These recoveries saw the injured reserve shrink until only Dennis Wideman and his broken hand remained.

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Post Game: The Lesson Is, Never Try

December 21 2013 03:38PM



It's the Flames. It's the Penguns. Many of you, and maybe rightfully so, had written the Flames off before the game even started (not me though, I'm definitely an optimist...). After all, this is the Pittsburgh Penguins. It's Crosby. It's Malkin Zolnierczyk. It's a team that has won 6 in a row and are 9-10 in their last 10 games. 

The Flames, God love 'em, are not the Pittsburgh Penguins. They're Thomas the Tank Engine. They're an ant colony. They're hard working, blue collar heroes that you can't help but love, sorta.

This game ended up not being as one sided as was predicted. The Flames tried. Tried HARD. It was a good game, a great effort, and a really entertaining game against the hottest team in the NHL. We got everything we wanted out of this game except a Flames W. There's a lesson in there somewhere...

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FGD: Next Stop ... Pens Station

Byron Bader
December 21 2013 08:46AM


-via Caylin Nieto


 A day and a half removed from a tough OT loss against the Detroit Red Wings, the Calgary Flames (13-16-6) will face-off against the star-studded Penguins of Pittsburgh (26-10-1) in an early afternoon affair.

The Penguins are Kate Upton hot right now.  They have won six straight games and are 9-1-0 in their last ten games. Their recent run has catapulted them into 3rd place and they are now nipping at the heels of Chicago and Anaheim for 1st place overall. Impressively, they have positioned themselves among the league's best  despite superstars James Neal, Kris Letang and Eugene Malkin all having missed significant time this season.

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