The Calgary Flames are Above .500...Now What?

What’s next for a team that looked like hot garbage only weeks ago With the 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars yesterday, the Flames pulled their record to a respectable 14-13-2. In doing so, they moved above .500 for the very first time this season, something they only managed to do three times last year. That team also never made it to two games above .500. That team’s grand...
Via Matchsticks and Gasoline
5 hours ago

Monahan scores on power play in 3rd, Flames beat Stars 2-1

DALLAS (AP) Sean Monahan scored on a power play midway through the third period, lifting the Calgary Flames over the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Tuesday night. Johnny Gaudreau passed to Monahan from behind the net into the slot, and he slid a wrist shot past goalie Kari Lehtonen through a narrow opening at the bottom left corner of the net. The Flames won their fourth straight and are...
Via Associated Press
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Special Teams Saving Flames

One of the chief issues when examining the Calgary Flames’ slow start to the year was the shortcomings of their power play and penalty kill. Ranking 30th in both categories for an extended period of time, the Flames were lost and without direction and assistant coach Dave Cameron was the sole proprietor to shoulder the blame. Since that tumultuous start, the Flames have become...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Projected Lines: Calgary Flames @ Dallas Stars

Same = Good The Flames have chosen to stick with their lineup from Sunday’s thrashing of the Ducks, and that’s the right thing to do. Micheal Ferland remains in the lineup which is encouraging since he left Sunday’s game with an injury. Brett Kulak and Freddie Hamilton are scratches Calgary Flames Projected Lineup Forwards Kris Versteeg - Sean Monahan - Troy Brouwer Johnny...
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1 day ago

FF80F Podcast: Episode 9 - With the Flames Heating Up, TSN's Jermain Franklin Stopped By

After a rocky start to the season, the Flames have turned things around. This past weekend in which Calgary's skills competition on Saturday was sandwiched by back-to-back wins on Friday and Sunday, longtime Calgary TSN correspondent and all-round great guy Jermain Franklin joined me as a guest and we covered all sorts of terrain in an enjoyable one-hour sit-down.Topics Broached...
Via Flames from 80 Feet
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Hunter Shinkaruk Sent To Stockton

The Calgary native is on his way back to the AHL. The Flames have sent Hunter Shinkaruk back to Stockton to rejoin the Heat. The #Flames have assigned Hunter Shinkaruk to the @AHLHeat ~ https://t.co/KXy96YyljY pic.twitter.com/u8ABEYnIXD— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) December 5, 2016 The move isn't terribly surprising as the forward hasn't been overly effective and...
Via Matchsticks and Gasoline
2 days ago

Gaudreau scores in return as Flames roast Ducks, 8-3

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) The return of Johnny Gaudreau sparked Calgary to its biggest offensive outburst of the season. Gaudreau had a goal and an assist in his first game back from a broken finger, and the Flames scored five times in a 6:04 span of the second period to rout the Anaheim Ducks 8-3 on Sunday night. It was a surprise when it was revealed in the morning that Gaudreau...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Flames With Defense Gap to Fill?

Coming into the 2016-17 National Hockey League season, there was much noise made about the Calgary Flames and their impressive blue line. Heading into the year, the Flames boasted the likes of Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie and Dougie Hamilton under lengthy contracts. That trio provided the basis for a defensive group that seemed impressive on paper until the readers’ eyes drifted...
Via The Hockey Writers
4 days ago

Calgary Flames: Chad Johnson earning his playing time

The Calgary Flames knew what was missing over the summer. They signed a starting goalie, which had a huge playoff run last season. Then they signed a backup who had a solid season for a rebuilding franchise centered on a second overall pick. In a furious twist, the backup has become the notable starter, while the perceived starter is trying to earn his way back. Calgary fans have...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Evolution of Mark Jankowski

Mark Jankowski, the dark-horse first round pick from 2012, travelled more than 7,000 miles over six days last week to play just ten minutes of NHL hockey. His debut came at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Monday night after what can only be described as a colorful and slow-paced journey to the NHL for such a highly ranked prospect. After all, when Jankowski was drafted, NHL general...
Via The Hockey Writers
5 days ago

Q1 Awards: Best and Worst Performances From the First Quarter of the Flames Season

With the Calgary Flames 8-12-1 at the one-quarter mark of the regular season and sitting in fifth in the Pacific Division, here is a look back on the good, the bad and the ugly from the first six weeks.1. Best Player 1. Michael Frolik Has gotten off to a terrific start as the club leader in goals (6) and points (14). He also has two shorthanded goals as well as an OT goal, Still...
Via Flames from 80 Feet
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Calgary Flames need to keep pace without Gaudreau

The Calgary Flames have gotten off to a slow start for the second straight season, with the offense, defense, and power play, and penalty kill all being ranked 25th or worse. Yet in the standings, they are only four points behind the Oilers, Ducks, and Kings for the Pacific Division lead. Now they will have to keep pace for the remainder of the calendar year without their best offensive...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Deryk Engelland: A Lighthouse on Defence, Standing out Amongst a Dark and Stormy Sea

If only the rest of the Flames blueline were playing as consistently as Deryk Engelland.It's a statement that would have got you cut-off at the bar the last two seasons, but this year, truer words may never have been spoken, and it sums up what's been a disappointing start for a team in which there were greater expectations. Steady but never spectacular, the club's oldest player...
Via Flames from 80 Feet
23 days ago  |  Discuss

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