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The 8-game Losing Streak Doesn’t Matter

View image | gettyimages.com If not for some late game heroics from Johnny Hockey and Captain Gio against the Kings, the Flames would have entered the holiday break on a 9-game losing streak. The unlikely victory over the Stanley Cup champs managed to quell a tide of concern and anxiety rising amongst the general Flames faithful, where…

TCGD: Here Come The Germans

View image | gettyimages.com Canada cruised by Slovakia with an 8-0 win yesterday and will look to keep the good times rolling against a vulnerable German squad tonight.

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The Roundup

2014 year in review, hockey’s biggest problems, Johnny Hockey, Oilers goaltending, Team Canada, World Junior’s, top prospects and more in this week’s Roundup.

Canada crushes Slovakia 8-0 in opener

View image | gettyimages.com As an annual tradition, the World Junior tournament begins with Canada facing off against an overmatched opponent before ramping things up over the next couple weeks. This year is no different, as tonight they opened things up on home ice against Slovakia, a team they’ve never lost to at this competition.

TCGD – Here Come The Canadians

View image | gettyimages.com Hope all of you folks have gotten over your Christmas Day hangovers (turkey related, or otherwise), because it’s just about time for World Junior Hockey. Facing off tonight at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT, Team Canada will kick off their tournament against Team Slovakia at the Bell Centre in Montreal. 

The Collected Wisdom of Bob Hartley

View image | gettyimages.com When Jay Feaster announced the hiring of Bob Hartley a scant three years ago, I don’t think anybody could’ve anticipated the success he would have fostering the Calgary Flames through their long-awaited rebuild. But more importantly for sports writers, nobody really anticipated the treasure trove of quotable quotes that coach Hartley…

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Five things: Under the tree

1. Here’s Johnny Even before his hat trick on Monday night, I had been thinking a lot about Johnny Gaudreau. That’s because I had been doing a bit of work to determine era adjustments for goals and assists numbers in college hockey over the years (vis a vis Jack Eichel vs. Paul Kariya, the two…

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Merry Christmas from FlamesNation

This is meant to be read to the tune of Christmas in Hollis by Run DMC and believed to be told from the perspective of Deryk Engelland, so right away… Merry Christmas citizens, we promise to do better in the new year (and like most New Year’s resolutions…uh, nope)

One-On-One with Adirondack Head Coach Ryan Huska

View image | gettyimages.com When the Calgary Flames relocated their American Hockey League affiliate to Glens Falls, New York, the club also went out and recruited a brand-new coach to lead the team. Formerly a bench boss with the Kelowna Rockets – where Mikael Backlund was one of his charges for a season – Ryan…

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An Early Christmas Gift From Your Calgary Flames

View image | gettyimages.com Happy Belated Festivus, Citizens, hopefully your various feats of strength did not include powerful muscle pulls. Mine most certainly did. I want to talk about something that happened during the ho hum, run of the mill Flames victory over the Kings on Monday, something that many have been calling for since…

A Flames Saving Grace: The Powerplay

View image | gettyimages.com The Flames currently find themselves in dire straits.  While starting the season off with a bang with 17 wins in their first 26 games, they’ve now come crashing back to earth and lost eight straight.  Was the hot string at the start of the season all luck?  Smokes and mirrors that…

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Post-Game: Johnny Gaudreau Saves Christmas

Heading into the meat of tonight’s game in Los Angeles, things did not look great for the Calgary Flames. Down 3-0 to the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Flames seemed set for their ninth straight loss. To that point, the Flames had been out-played and largely out-classed by the Kings. Then Johnny Gaudreau happened. The…