November 23 2015 12:55PM
Not a fan of players on your favourite team getting injured? Then great news from Flames practice today: Kris Russell, who appeared to be hurt following a blocked shot in the Flames' 2-1 overtime victory against the Chicago Blackhawks, should be in the lineup for tomorrow night's game while they're in Anaheim.
To add to that, Jonas Hiller, who has not played since suffering a lower body injury on Oct. 28 against the Ottawa Senators, could very well be playing on this upcoming road trip.
November 23 2015 11:18AM
The Calgary Flames have decisions to make with three pending unrestricted free agent skaters. But while there's plenty of discussion about the futures of Kris Russell and Jiri Hudler, the conversation isn't as heated when it comes to what's next for David Jones. Of the three, I think the best case can be made to give Jones a new contract, under the right circumstances. I've got three reasons why re-signing Jones makes sense.
November 23 2015 10:05AM
One way the Flames were able to achieve such success throughout the 2014-15 season was by drawing more penalties than they took. They led the league in power play vs. penalty kill differential, with a whopping 123:08 more spent with the man advantage than without.
And it paid off for them. Where they really shone was their 36 goals allowed on the kill: fourth best in the league. That wasn't due to their exceptional kill - their PK% was only 80.6%, 20th in the NHL - but because they simply weren't taking penalties.
That's not quite the case to start the 2015-16 season.
November 22 2015 11:46AM
Well at least not all of last year's magic has gone away.
Although much of what made the Flames a Cinderella sensation last season hasn't carried over, at least they are still deadly in extra time. Or, should I say, at least Johnny Gaudreau is deadly. The Flames' pint-sized sophomore is a 3-on-3 assassin and the primary reason Calgary is currently 5-0 when it comes to OT this year. The latest win over the Blackhawks probably should have ended in regulation - it was the Flames' best overall game this season - but Gaudreau's single-handed effort to win it in the final five minutes was worth the price of admission. He's Calgary's best forward and it's not much of a contest right now.
This mailbag session isn't about Gaudreau - he's the one element on this team about whom no questions need to be asked - but we talk a bit about his line mates, the health of the Flames rebuild, CalgaryNext and the Travis Hamonic thing, of course.
November 22 2015 12:07AM
When it comes to Calgary Flames goaltending, this is the darkest timeline.
In a season in which absolutely nothing has gone right, with goalies putting up career-worst performances and getting injured alike, the Flames have had to bring new bodies into the fold. In part doomed due to the threat of the waiver wire, they have too many goalies in the NHL - and now, maybe not enough in the AHL.
Now, Poulin appears to be injured as well.