February 15 2017 11:01PM
Monday night was a rough game for the Calgary Flames, as they didn't look very poised or composed and they dropped a 5-0 decision to the bottom-dwelling Arizona Coyotes. Tonight, the Flames had a chance to bounce back. They managed to grind out a 3-1 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers in a game where they spent the majority of their time defending.
After Monday's stinker, this was a game that the Flames had to win to keep pace. They managed to do so.
February 15 2017 02:00PM
Hockey writers are a lot like fans. We sit through the same games that fans do, though the majority of the time we don't have the option to stop watching if the games get ugly. Midway through the Calgary Flames' 5-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night, a thought came into my head.
"It feels like the Flames have lost more one-sided games than they did last year."
With that feeling gnawing at me, I dug into the numbers to see if the Flames have truly been out of games more often than they have in the past.
February 15 2017 12:00PM
Just 48 hours after laying an egg against the Arizona Coyotes, the Calgary Flames are back at it at the Scotiabank Saddledome. They'll hope to put their flat effort behind them as they host the Philadelphia Flyers. In several ways, the Flyers are the Flames' mirror image: they're 9th in the East and are chasing down a playoff spot. They're a mixture of young talent and expensive older players. Even their underlying numbers are nearly identical! It should be a very intriguing game, and a big contest for both clubs.
The puck drops at 7:30 pm. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
February 15 2017 10:46AM
The Calgary Flames made a minor announcement this morning, singing former Providence Bruin Matt Bartkowski to a PTO with the team. Bartkowski isn't a household name by any stretch but that's not stopping the Flames from trying to solve some of the depth issues impacting the team's blueline.
It's hard to discern what actual value Bartkowski offers at the NHL level at this point, but he's in town for now at least and Glen Gulutzan has some understanding of what he can offer from Gulutzan's time with Vancouver.
February 15 2017 10:00AM
The 2017 trade deadline is less than two weeks away. The Calgary Flames are currently one point out of a wildcard spot in the West, with their nearest opponent (the Kings) owning two games in hand. SportsClub Stats puts Calgary's chances of making the postseason at just over 30%.
So the playoffs are within reach, but the club is in a precarious position. Any sort of extended losing streak over the remainder of the season will surely sink their chances of making the dance.
So what should Brad Treliving do? Are the Flames buyers or sellers?