February 09 2013 05:23PM
Behind Enemy Lines: Canucks Army
The Flames have a chance to go 3-for-3 on this brief road trip tonight on HNIC, but they'll have to get by the always difficult Vancouver Canucks to do it.
Without David Booth and Ryan Kesler, Vancity isn't quite as intimidating as they once were. In fact, for the first time since Vancouver started habitually leading the NW division, Calgary has better underlying numbers than their divisional rival. That doesn't mean the Canucks are now the inferior team just yet gvien how few games we've played and the lack of Kesler in Vanouver's line-up, but at least that suggests the distance between the two clubs is shrinking rather than growing.
February 08 2013 04:20PM
As the east coast is caught up in a snow storm and the Flames arrive in Vancouver for Saturday's game, several news items dropped this afternoon.
February 08 2013 01:52PM
A short while ago Yann Danis, the Oilers backup goaltender while Khabibulin gets up to NHL speed and their starter in the AHL, was put on waivers.
Why didn’t the Flames take him?
The current backup for Miikka Kiprusoff (and now starter) is Leland Irving who was a healthy scratch in Abbotsford in favour of Barry Brust and Danny Taylor during the lockout. Irving was also waived earlier this year, along with Henrik Karlsson.
Fair to say that the Flames organization does not appear to be a great deal of faith in Irving as a future goaltender?
February 08 2013 10:53AM
After the rough start and tough loss against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Flames have pulled out of the season opening tailspin with back-to-back wins over Detroit and Columbus. Neither was an overwhelming effort and you can argue both could have gone the other way, but Calgary wasn't exactly "lucky" to win both either. They battled the the depleted Red Wings to about even in terms of scoring chances and limited them to just six shots on net when Detroit was chasing in the third. In Columbus, Calgary came out of the gate really flat but turned things around in the second and mostly dominated the rest of the way.
February 07 2013 11:19PM
Hot on the heels of both Iggy and Gio getting their first goals of the year, tonight followed suit with its own set of season firsts. The fact that it was Leland Irving's first start of the season heralded mixed emotions from the fan base.
Some believed the Flames propensity to play a lackluster game in front of their back-ups was not a good mix with Irving's inability to step up and truly show this organization that he had something to contribute to the future of the team. While others believed that this was Irv's moment to shine.
After all, he played well in the third period against Detroit, and let's face it, if there was ever a team to testdrive a new goalie against; well the Blue Jackets would be at the top of almost everyone's list.
It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone though, that this game turned out to be a see-saw battle, where there were moments when the Flames had you jumping out of your seat for good cause... aaaand there were some that made you jump for not so good reasons.
In the end it didn't matter that the Jackets' best home record against any club in the NHL happened to be at the expense of your Calgary Flames. It didn't matter that for the first period the Flames players were staring at Irving saying, "I can't believe that's not Miikka." And it didn't matter that tonight was one of those games that we have become all too familiar with, because the Flames came away with the two points, and in the end, (to quote Metal Icons Metallica) "Nothing else matters"!