Post-Game: Sloppy Day in Canada

The streak is dead. Long live the streak. The Calgary Flames attempted to shake off the bye week dust on Saturday afternoon at the Scotiabank Saddledome in a rare afternoon tilt with the Winnipeg Jets. Fans were treated to a game of fits and starts and, occasionally, some speed and skill from the Jets. But…


FGD 46: A brunch date with the Jets (1pm MT, CBC)

The Calgary Flames (25-16-4) have been off since Sunday, when they beat the Carolina Hurricanes. The Winnipeg Jets (26-13-7) have been off since Saturday, when they lost to the Minnesota Wild. Now both Western Canadian clubs meet in an effort to shake off the rust of their bye weeks, capture some points, and to celebrate…


Special teams units still face some big challenges

Through the first half of the season, the Calgary Flames have been a weirdly inconsistent team. For an illustration of what we mean by “inconsistent,” we dug into the team’s special teams progress and processes this season. The aim of power plays is to score goals and of penalty kills is to prevent them –…


Flames back on the ice after the bye week

The Calgary Flames returned to the ice for a rare afternoon practice, as they faced the unique imperfect storm of their five-day bye week ending right as they have to prepare for an afternoon home game on Saturday. Despite the peculiarities of the situation, spirits were high as the Flames hope to extend their seven-game…


Flames recall Andrew Mangiapane, Marek Hrivik from Stockton

The Flames’ bye week is at its end. Coming off of a 4-1 win over the Hurricanes on Sunday, they return to practice at 4 p.m. today. But wait, a slight problem: the Flames only have 11 healthy forwards on hand. With that, an easy solution: they’ve recalled Andrew Mangiapane and Marek Hrivik from the…


Half-season review: The Flames’ penalty kill (Part 2)

After yesterday’s foray into the neutral zone, with an emphasis on forechecking formations and zone entry tracking, we’re going to venture into the maws of hell: the defensive zone. For the Calgary Flames this year their rather quick demise and resurgence has seen more attention focused on their neutral zone woes rather than in their…


Treliving: Jankowski and Hathaway are ‘here to stay’

A couple young Calgary Flames players have seemingly received a bit of good news. Appearing on Sportsnet 590’s Prime Time Sports on Wednesday, Flames general manager Brad Treliving stated that forwards Mark Jankowski and Garnet Hathaway will be sticking with the team. After describing the contributions of some of the call-up players, Treliving had a…


Which Flames would be Olympic bound?

One of my favourite parts of an Olympic year the past five occasions has been discussing and debating the composition of each country’s roster. The NHL isn’t going to South Korea in February, which we all have different opinions on. In saying that, though, I count at least four Flames players who would have gotten…


Half-season review: The Flames’ penalty kill (Part 1)

So we’ve finally crossed the halfway mark of the season and after much turmoil the Calgary Flames’ penalty kill appears to be trending back from the dead. Despite their early season success there were underlying signs that the whole thing was destined for an implosion (which happened, as predicted).


The Annual Lake Louise Pond Hockey Classic

If you’ve ever wanted to see the crew at Nation HQ ‘play the game’ then this is your opportunity. Next month, we’ll be heading out to Lake Louise to join in on the Annual Lake Louise Pond Hockey Classic and you’re all invited to join us.


Could the Flames move a blueliner to bankroll some contract extensions?

Things are going well lately for the Calgary Flames. They’re riding a seven-game winning streak and they keep finding ways to win. When things are going so well, it’s probably prudent to think about the future and how to keep things rolling. The best way to keep positive things happening? Smart salary cap management.


Report: Flames eyeing Swedish free agents

As per usual, Sportsnet analyst Elliotte Friedman’s weekly 31 Thoughts column included several interesting items. This week, there was a tidbit regarding the Calgary Flames and their reported interest in adding free agents from the Swedish professional ranks.