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Random Thoughts: Reading tea leaves

The Flames’ rough January has fans brandishing pitchforks and leaping off the bandwagon in droves.  After going 4-9-0 and suffering humiliating losses to the Oilers, Leafs and Habs, it seems self-evident that Calgary’s season is circling the drain. But despite the bad record and gut-punch losses, January actually contained a solid kernel of hope and…

Are the Flames too reliant on special teams for scoring?

Embed from Getty Images This season, Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan has a common refrain in post-game press conferences. Whether his club wins or loses, Gulutzan frequently notes that the key to winning in the National Hockey League is winning the special teams battle. It’s probably no coincidence then that the Flames began their…

Flames Weekly Prospect Update: yikes

Embed from Getty Images Two weeks ago, I brought you the plight of the Stockton Heat, who had only won a handful of games in this new year. It hasn’t gotten much better. Last week, they scored one goal in three games. Yikes.

Handicapping the Flames’ awards chances

Embed from Getty Images The National Hockey League’s All-Star Break is upon us and as we wait patiently for meaningful hockey to return, we turn our attention to other things. While we’ve dug into the numbers on a few other things, today we’re going to take a quick look at something where numbers may or…

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Who should play on Matthew Tkachuk’s line?

Embed from Getty Images Matthew Tkachuk is an asset the Flames didn’t even know they had when the season started. He was a question mark. Would he make the Flames out of camp? Evidently, yes; he had the size going for him, and the talent level, too. But would he be able to stick around…

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FN Mailbag: January 30, 2017

The January nightmare is mercifully over.  The 3-2 OT win over the Senators was of the “skin of your teeth” variety, but you could almost feel a collective sigh of relief roll over the Flames bench. After a week of miserable results (and month of relative disappointment), the team badly needed the victory, even if…

A brief history of Flames at the All-Star Game

Embed from Getty Images Let’s be honest, the All-Star Game really doesn’t matter. And that’s fantastic. The best thing about the All-Star Game is that it’s a low-key way for the National Hockey League’s stars to take a break from the intensity of the hectic mid-season schedule to hang out and play some hockey in…

Jarome Iginla not named to NHL 100 list (because it’s an awful list)

Embed from Getty Images As part of its 2017 All-Star festivities (and the league’s 100th anniversary), the National Hockey League has unveiled their NHL 100 list – a listing of the 100 greatest players of the NHL’s first 100 years. Several prominent NHL legends are on the list. Not on the list? Calgary Flames all-time…

The 2017 Playoff Chase: Free falling

Embed from Getty Images Welcome to the third week of our Western Conference playoff race coverage. The Calgary Flames are still in the playoff mix, but they’ve basically burnt off any breathing room they once had. Let’s check out the race.

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Matthew Tkachuk’s rookie impact

Embed from Getty Images Earlier this month I made a case for Mikael Backlund to be in the Selke Trophy conversation with the year he’s had so far.  In recent weeks, there’s been another Calgary Flames forward getting some buzz for an end of season award. What about Matthew Tkachuk for the Calder Trophy as rookie…

Flames 3, Senators 2 (OT) post-game embers: The sky stopped falling

Embed from Getty Images Really, not all that much changed. The Calgary Flames scored the first goal. And the second. And they won. But they’re still fighting for a playoff spot, still barely in it even after having played the most games in the West, and they still gave up one particularly demoralizing goal at…

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The Roundup

Shattenkirk reportedly on board with the ‘Shanaplan in Toronto, don’t buy Ken Holland’s hope in Detroit, a closer look at the Jets GM, the Flames need a shakeup, Oilers have to do better against the best teams, the Battle of Alberta sweep, killing the shootout, Henrik Sedin, NHL power rankings and more in this week’s Nation Roundup…