December 07 2014 11:06AM
Matt Stajan returned to the Calgary Flames line-up last night after missing 16 games with a knee injury. His return meant that Corban Knight went to the American Hockey League - both guys were fourth line centers - and that Sven Baertschi was bounced from the line-up (Lance Bouma moved from center to the wing).
Mason Raymond is also nearing a return. What happens when he's back?
December 07 2014 07:30AM
Death, taxes, and the Oilers never winning a game. Some things in life are certain, just like I'm certain that it's time once again for another edition of First Star, Worst Star.
December 06 2014 11:08PM
They were bound to lose at some point.
The Flames dropped a close 3-2 game tonight against the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks spotted the Flames a first period lead, but the Flames paid the favour back via some sloppy second period defensive-zone play. Ultimately, they couldn't consummate the comeback and they dropped their ninth regulation game of the 2014-15 season.
Here's how it happened.
December 06 2014 03:38PM
Tonight, the Calgary Flames (17-8-2) host the San Jose Sharks (13-10-4) at the Scotiabank Saddledome. It's the finale of the most recent three-game homestand which has already seen the Flames win two games, so it's an attempt at a home sweep.
It's also the final game of the latest seven-game segment. Flames coach Bob Hartley has split the season into seven-game segments in attempt to move things along internally by getting the players into a playoff mindset. It's not entirely the same, obviously, but so far the approach has paid some dividends and arguably kept the team focused on the task at hand. Calgary has won five of the first six games of this latest segment, so this game is a chance for them to resoundingly win these seven games, as well as bank points against a divisional foe before the potential PDO course correction does (or does not) happen.
The puck drop is at 8pm MT. The game is on CBC (with Dave Randorf and Greg Millen on the call) and on Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias). If you head down to the friendly confines of the Saddledome, it's Flames Foundation for Life Awareness Night, so let me mention that the Flames (as a team and on an individual player basis) do a heck of a lot of charity work in the Calgary area.
Nation World HQ
December 06 2014 09:55AM
Another week is in the books, and that means its time for another edition of the Pacific War Room. What is that? Each week, the Royal Half rounds up a summary of the week that was from the best and brightest bloggers from around the Pacific Division. Enjoy.