February 16 2012 05:22PM
Dallas is one of the four other teams fighting with the Flames for the final spot in the west. They currently sit three points back of the Flames win a game in hand. A loss tonight to the Flames would really put Dallas behind the 8-ball going forward.
The trade of Nick Grossman today kind of signals that the Stars are going the sell rather than buy route. While they maybe close to the final post-season spot, their management and ownership seems a bit more interested in saving money than "going for it" as things stand. Perhaps the Flames can take advantage tonight and move ahead of the Stars for good in the race.
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February 16 2012 11:35AM
The Calgary Flames have the chance to do something they haven't done all season tonight as they get set for another crucial road matchup, this time in Dallas (6:30 pm, TSN and Sportsnet 960). If Calgary is able to pick up a win at the American Airlines Center and couple with that with some more help on the out of town scoreboard, they'll move into a Western Conference playoff spot for the first time this season.
February 15 2012 05:22PM
Although the Flames have a lot of needs at the moment, they also don't have a lot of assets with which to barter heading into the deadline. Forget the buyers versus sellers debate for now, because Calgary doesn't fit neatly into either category - the truth is it's difficult for the team to do either given their position in the standings and bevy of injuries.
February 15 2012 10:58AM
1. Injuries are bad
It's getting to the point where it might be easier to name Flames who aren't injured. Mikael Backlund, Blair Jones, Lee Stempniak, Curtis Glencross, David Moss, Derek Smith. I feel like I must be missing a few guys who, like, died or something too.
February 14 2012 10:21PM
The Calgary Flames have scored 14 goals on Valentine's Day over the last two seasons, including five in a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. On top of their success on Cupid's day, Calgary is also 6-0-2 since the calendar turned to the second month, moving them just a point back of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They are catching some bounces, riding a red hot goaltender, and most importantly, getting points.