November 25 2016 08:00AM
Lowkey rumours have been swirling the Calgary Flames. Nothing overt, and it doesn't sound as though anything is impending, but there have been rumours.
Of course, this is a team that was expected to take a step forward and is currently sitting 28th in the NHL in points percentage. While they aren't as bad as they were to start the season, and there have been flashes here and there, problems have persisted, and we're about at that time where we start considering if the playoffs can even happen.
There have been rumours about Dougie Hamilton, about the Flames wanting another defenceman, about being "open for business" in general. And why shouldn't they be? This is an incomplete team.
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November 25 2016 05:00AM
NHL power rankings, stop comparing Austin Matthews to Patrik Laine, Canucks and Anthony Duclair, Flames special teams costing them, Oilers are deep, Black Friday deals, Brent Burns, the Expansion Draft, a reason for every team in the league to be thankful, and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
November 24 2016 12:00PM
Hi friends, we're back again this week with another edition of the FlamesNation podcast. We're still working out the kinks and flow of our program so we appreciate all listeners who've returned or are carving our names into the palms of their hands.
As a heads up: I'm waiting on a response from iTunes/Apple about our podcast being approved still so don't worry about that. Once we're approved on there, we'll have the first two episodes, and every future episode on iTunes for easy convenience.
November 24 2016 10:00AM
As our friends south of the border enjoy their holiday long weekend, many in the hockey world will be looking at American Thanksgiving in a different context. As the theory goes, teams in a playoff spot around this time have a very strong chance of making the playoffs while teams on the outside are statistically unlikely to climb their way back in.
So just how accurate is this theory? And what does it mean for the Calgary Flames?
November 24 2016 08:00AM
That... wasn't a particularly good game.
Don't get me wrong, there was plenty to like about it. The Flames won! Chad Johnson had a shutout! Special teams showed up?! All of those things, combined with Kris Versteeg's return to the lineup and subsequent staying healthy, were all great to have, and made for an enjoyable evening overall.
But is it greedy to ask for just a little bit... more? Their start to the game was horrific, though I suppose that's why Johnson was there - to keep them in it until they could resemble a team actually playing.