Game Takes: Oilers 7 Flames 3

January 21st, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

It’s been 31 years since the Flames have lost four straight regular season games to the Edmonton Oilers, 31 years! Four in a row is a lot, so it doesn’t say a lot about the talents of either team, though it does speak to how long the Flames franchise has been in Calgary which is cool in itself. Recently however the Flames have owned the season series year by year dominating their Northern neighbours who couldn’t keep out of their own way.

Tonight the Oilers did just that, as a mix of a lack of Calgary finish and some spotty Flames goaltending led to a 7-3 win for the Oilers on Calgary ice on Saturday night.

The loss hurts for the Flames playoff chances, and almost certainly means the Oilers will finish ahead of the Flames for the first time in either of my kid’s lives; I liked it better the other way!

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Game Takes: Predators 4 Flames 3

January 19th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

A tale of too little too late.

For 55 minutes the game story was a pretty simple one to write. The Flames failed to show up early and never really got themselves in it in a listless 4-0 loss the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

Instead the Flames mount a crazed comeback, scoring three goals in roughly two and a half minutes to make said 4-0 loss into a 4-3 nail biter. The positive side of me appreciates the never say die angle from the Flames, while the frustrated side of me points out the fact that they’ve surrendered the first goal in 6 straight games and they simple have to find a way to get things going off the hop.

Either way they drop an important game to a team chasing them in the ever tightening Western Conference playoff race.

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Games Takes: Flames 5 Panthers 2

January 17th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Playoff teams avoid skids.

Three, four and five game losing streaks can take the wind out of what looks like a good season, rendering a good stretch balanced out with other teams earning points and taking away playoff spots. With that the Flames were out to end a two game losing streak, albeit the last one with a shoot out that earned the team a point.

So with a great response and a thorough pounding of the Florida Panthers by a 5-2 score all is well in Flames land again, as a potential three game losing streak is wiped out, giving the team points in three of the last four instead.

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Game Takes: Oilers 2 Flames 1 (SO)

January 14th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Gretzky over the shoulder of Mike Vernon (sorry), Theo Fleury sliding down the ice, epic moments in Calgary Edmonton history for sure. Tonight certainly didn’t hold up to that standard, but for the first time in 11 years the Flames and Oilers met in a game past the midway point with both teams in a playoff spot. How sad is that? 11 years!

With the LA Kings and Nashville Predators behind both Alberta teams the push will be arduous down the stretch but for the time being the Flames and Oilers are both now teams once again, a great return to a rivalry.

In recent years the two teams have clashed in high scoring affairs, but tonight the two teams ground out a tense 2-1 Oilers win in a shoot out, with both clubs clearly understanding the importance of the game in the standings both tonight and the rest of the way.

They get back at it next weekend in Calgary, fun to see these two dormant giants go at it again.

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Game Takes: Devils 2 Flames 1

January 13th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Margins are tight in the NHL these days. With three point games and all out parity day to day results can do a lot for and against your standing and season outlook.

Last night the Edmonton Oilers scored a third period goal to force overtime and then beat the Devils on a Leon Draisaitl overtime marker. Tonight the Flames come out leave a complete stinker on the ice, gifting two points to the Devils in a 2-1 loss and giving the Oilers four points in the standings essentially in 24 hours.

The two teams match up tomorrow night in Edmonton, and if you have to reach for a silver lining it would be a an angry team looking for retribution after letting the Saddledome crowd down tonight.

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