Sharks 5 Flames 2

November 29th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes “rock bottom” as the lowest possible level or point.

If the National Hockey League were to create their own hockey dictionary they’d adapt that term to something like “on ice futility resulting in a position in the standings lower than or equal to the Edmonton Oilers”.

The Flames reached that point last night with a 5-2 setback in San Jose on a day that the Oilers hung on for dear life in Pittsburgh, winning on a shoot out.

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Game Takes: Coyotes 2 Flames 1 (OT)

November 27th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Both the Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun and have made a big deal about moral victories for the Oilers of late, finding solace in playing well enough in games where the Oilers lose.

Is there such thing as a moral loss? I think not. But there is entertainment.

The Flames are two and a half years into a rebuild so we don’t have to hang on platitudes, the team isn’t staring down a decade of futility. The average hockey fan joins the club executive in being less than impressed with how this season has transpired but for my money … just entertain me.

Tonight the Flames were the better club on the ice, they played hard, they had some good chances, took the game to overtime, but came up short in a well fought 2-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night. A loss, but a way more entertaining loss than that debacle in Anaheim.

Lets leave morality for our friends up North.
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Did The Flames Miss the Playoffs on July 1st?

November 27th, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

July 1st, the third most interesting player transaction day of the season behind the trade deadline and the NHL Entry Draft.

A chance for hockey teams to bolster their squads for free, well without forfeiting assets anyway, as the day truly is always extremely expensive.

Brian Burke once opined that more mistakes are made on that one day every year than every other day combined by NHL executives.

Which is ironic, because on that day in 2015 Burke’s young Padawan (trying to be new Stars Wars movie hip) may have made his biggest miscalculation in his young GM career. - Full Article –

Game Takes: Ducks 5 Flames 3

November 24th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Sometimes it’s nice to know you can count on certain things. Death, taxes, gravity, the Flames getting lit up by the Anaheim Ducks and big nights from said club’s big boys.

Sure the Ducks haven’t been playing well. Sure Getzlaf had only one goal and nine points coming into the game. Sure his linemate and buddy had only 12 points on the season. But you just knew things would be as they always are, potentially always will be as the two combined for eight points in leading the Ducks to a 5-3 victory on Tuesday night.

Its comforting to know you can count on certain things; really.
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Flames vs Ducks – 8:00 – SNetW

November 24th, 2015 | Posted in Game Day | By: Mike Fawcett

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8 – 12 – 1

17 Points, ranked # 13 in the West


7 – 10 – 4

18 Points, Ranked # 11 in the West

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