October 17th, 2017The Calgary Flames have shown a little bit of everything to start the 2017-18 season.After opening the campaign with a 3-0 shutout loss to the Edmonton Oilers, the Flames bounced back with a six-goal outburst in their home opener, which kickstarted a three-game winning streak, involving wins over the Winnipeg Jets, Anaheim Ducks, and Los Angeles Kings.The three-game run then came to an abrupt halt in a 6-0 home loss to the visiting...
October 16th, 2017Back in "the day," the Calgary Flames' top line was easy to identify; it was whatever line Jarome Iginla was on. In recent years, following the club's brief rebuilding, it's been known as whichever line Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan are on. But while Flames management almost drove themselves batty trying to find a center to play with Iginla, they've had almost as tough a time finding a consistent right-side partner for Gaudreau and...
Unless you're a die hard Flames fan, you may not have heard of Mark Jankowski.But that's about to change.With the start of the 2017-18 regular season just around the corner, opening night rosters must be submitted no later than Oct. 3, and Flames fans should expect to see Jankowski's name on that list. Throughout training camp and the preseason, Jankowski, 23, has done nothing but impress, showing vast improvement on both ends of the ice.In five preseason games this year, the young center recorded three points, all of which were goals, while also earning time on both the power...October 2nd, 2017
The Calgary Flames have completed their preseason schedule and now can turn their attention to the regular season. After making a handful of key changes to their roster, expectations are high for the Flames. Here are a few bold predictions for how the 2017-18 season will unfold for the gentlemen in red sweaters.Sam Bennett Bounces Back
The highest draft selection since the Flames moved to Calgary, Bennett had a superb rookie year in 2015-16 and racked up a ton of praise and points playing on the left side of Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik. In 2016-17, he was moved to center and had...October 1st, 2017
As sure as the sun sets in the west and slow drivers camp in Deerfoot's leftmost lane, the Flames will roll into the season sporting a top-four defensive pairing of Dougie Hamilton with Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie with Travis Hamonic.The third blue line pairing is still up for grabs. It's a virtual lock that Michael Stone will serve as half of the unit. But who will they pair him with? Every preseason game has felt like an episode of The Bachelor where gap-toothed men audition for a spot on the main roster.It does no good to guess who will play with Stone without looking at what...October 1st, 2017
The month of September is often a time of optimism in the National Hockey League's 31 markets, as training camps open and the possibilities of a brand-new season are still on the horizon. In Calgary the mood has instead been a bit uneasy as the tense negotiations for a new arena between the Flames and the municipal government have become public and, somehow, even more tense. To many, the two sides seem even further apart than ever, with each side seemingly dug into their particular position with no intention of budging in a proverbial game of chicken with huge implications.
A Brief History...September 29th, 2017
In hockey, teams often live and die by their goaltending. Good goaltending can cover up for a lot of a team's shortcomings, but very few things can cover up for bad goaltending. Because of the challenges in projecting young goaltenders to higher levels, quite often clubs accumulate a lot of netminders and then hope one or two turn out. For the Calgary Flames, the good news is that their accumulation of goalies has left them with a few nice options. The bad news is that some tough decisions are looming on the horizon as the number of goaltenders will soon eclipse the number of available...September 24th, 2017
In the National Hockey League, the separation between the really good and really bad teams isn't all that pronounced and the difference between the good teams is often razor-thin. This balance is particularly pronounced in the postseason, when many teams' best lines are cancelled out by their opposition, leaving the balance of the series to be swung by their depth players. Often, the team with the best third and fourth lines – or the least drop-off between their top lines and those beneath them – prevails in a playoff series.For the Calgary Flames, the summer of 2017 was in many...September 22nd, 2017