February 03 2016 10:40PM
(Candice Ward / USA Today Sports)
It was a bittersweet evening at the Saddledome tonight, as the Calgary Flames played three pretty composed, smart periods of ice hockey en route to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes to kick off the home-stretch of the 2015-16 season.
Of course, the win was overshadowed somewhat by the loss of defender T.J. Brodie with a lower-body injury. Despite having to play the bulk of the game with five defenders - including seventh defender Ladislav Smid - the Flames never let the Hurricanes creep back into this one and coasted to the finish.
February 03 2016 09:44PM
Well, if the Flames' season wasn't over already, it might be now.
While killing a penalty in the second period, T.J. Brodie blocked a shot from Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Justin Faulk. It hit him in the leg, leaving Brodie unable to stand back up until play was whistled down. He remained on the bench for some time afterwards, including testing things out during stoppages in play and skating one 23-second shift before he went down the tunnel - and didn't return to the game.
February 03 2016 05:45PM
There's something fishy about the entire Dennis Wideman situation. It was an odd incident to begin with - there's a reason we never hear about, let alone discuss, players crosschecking linesmen - but now, there's a whole new factor to take into account.
Prior to Wideman crosschecking Don Henderson, he himself was hit, and grabbed his own head before making his way back to his bench. It was seconds after his own head was hit into the glass he encountered Henderson, and subsequently hit him.
The NHLPA's statement of appeal for Wideman's 20-game suspension cites "medical evidence" presented at the nearly-two hour hearing he had on Feb. 2. They almost certainly pertain to Wideman apparently injuring his head - even though he stayed in the game.
February 03 2016 03:40PM
Dennis Wideman's suspension could have posed major complications. Suspended players typically count on a team's roster, meaning the Flames would have been one player short for the duration of Wideman's 20-game suspension (barring a successful appeal).
Fortunately for the Flames, that's not the case. Wideman is currently a non-roster player, as it appears the NHL has given the Flames an exemption for his lengthy suspension.
Also, Micheal Ferland has been activated from the injured reserve, officially putting the Flames at 23 players with a fully healthy roster.
February 03 2016 02:00PM
(James Gullory - USA Today Sports)
After a week off to lick their wounds, the Calgary Flames' march to the post-season OR a draft lottery pick begins tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames have 34 games remaining on the docket to claw their way back to the playoffs or to slide their way to Auston Matthews.
Their quest (in one direction or the other) begins with a mission of revenge tonight at home against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Flames visited Carolina in mid-January as part of their five-game road trip, and came away with a 5-2 loss.
The puck drops at 7:30pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan! (It's a late game on the national feed, so make sure you brew some coffee and pray for those on print deadlines.)