Post-Game: Good habits fly away

Ryan Pike
November 27 2016 08:59PM

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The Calgary Flames entered tonight's game with some momentum. They had played pretty well for pretty much the past two weeks (or so). They had won three of their previous four games on their six game mega-trip. They were facing a rookie goalie. The universe seemed to be breaking their way.

Unfortunately, the Flames reverted back to the team of yesteryear – okay, October – and all their old bad habits came back in force en route to a fairly one-sided 5-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

The game took place at the same time as the Grey Cup. If you only caught the football game, you didn't really miss anything worth seeing.

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FGD 24: The city of brotherly love (5:30pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
November 27 2016 12:00PM

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We love HOME games; have Liquor Depot deliver in under an hour. Click, pick, sit back and watch the game.

Before the Calgary Flames left for their six game mega-trip, I had my doubts. I thought they would win three games, perhaps. With four games down, they've won three of them and they actually seem like they have momentum as they had into the final two games (on two consecutive nights, in two different states) of this trip. The Flames face the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, a team that has the same number of points as they do. It's a winnable game if they play the way they've played on this trip so far.

It's a 5:30 p.m. MT start on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan! We know the Grey Cup is on at basically the exact same time. We'll have a recap for you later tonight, so if you happen to only have one screen to watch the Stampeders on, we've got you covered.

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A brief history of Flames first rounders' first games

Ryan Pike
November 27 2016 10:00AM

Mark Jankowski is set to potentially make his National Hockey League debut with the Calgary Flames in the next few days. If he does, he'll join a rather interesting group who have been drafted by the Flames in the first round of the NHL Draft over the past decade and actually played with the Flames at some point. (Sorry, Tim Erixon, you don't count.)

Here's a quick glance at how their debuts went. Just a spoiler for you: keep your expectations for debuting players low, because they typically don't play a heck of a lot or light it up in their first game.

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Matthew Tkachuk: The season's biggest surprise

Pat Steinberg
November 26 2016 07:47PM

Calgary Flames fans were elated when Matthew Tkachuk fell to the team at number six overall in June's NHL Draft, and for good reason. Tkachuk was coming off a banner season with the OHL's London Knights, filled an organizational need for the Flames, and in his on-ice personality, brought the team something they didn't have. I thought Tkachuk had a chance to make Calgary's roster out of training camp, but by no means did I see him making the type of impact he has to this point.

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Chad Johnson leads the local players on the Flames

Ari Yanover
November 26 2016 12:00PM

Chad Johnson sure is the talk of the town now, isn't he?

And why wouldn't he be? He has effectively taken over the starter's role, having put together multiple great performances, a couple of shutouts, and having been the sole reason the Flames have won a couple of times now. 

He has a .928 save percentage, good for seventh in the NHL amongst all goalies with at least 10 games played; at even strength, it's .939 and he's eighth. Johnson is legitimately a top 10 goaltender in the NHL at this point in time, and the Flames are winning with him in net more often than not.

Maybe the coolest part of it all? He's living the dream: playing for his hometown team.

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