Game Takes: Jackets 2 Flames 1

February 5th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The math is simple.

Two out of every three and the Flames are in right? It’s as easy as that.

The club comes back from the all star break and lights up the Carolina Hurricanes, then it’s on to the 30th place team in the league and just like that you’re two for two and heading to Vancouver for a little Sedin gravy (scratch that, sounds awful).

Not so fast though, the Flames despite carrying the play couldn’t find the net often enough to turn back the Jackets on Friday night, dropping a 2-1 decision at the Saddledome.

Now it’s come up large in Vancouver tomorrow night. Do they have it in them?
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Game Takes: Flames 4 Canes 1

February 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Here we go.

34 games on the schedule and the Flames need 45 or so points in order to make the playoffs. Tall order indeed, but made less impossible with every win, and that’s exactly what the Flames managed tonight with a 4-1 bashing of the red hot Carolina Hurricanes.

The reunited top line was on fire tonight as Sean Monahan picked up four points, while his linemates Johnny Gaudreau and Jiri Hudler both pitched in with two of their own.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but tonight was a solid 60 minute effort towards the team’s collective goal.
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Home Stretch: What Treliving Should Do

February 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

No point in beating around the bush right? Just get right out and say it in the title. What Treliving should do, as if I’m in a position to know better of a) what he can do b) what other GMs are willing to do or even c) what his ownership will let him do.

With all those unknowns I have a choice; 1) leave it and let things play out or 2) have an opinion and with that clearly I’m going the second route (way more entertaining I hope).

But before any action plan can be hashed out the base has to be established for where I think they are. Bob Hartley mentioned yesterday that they need to “shock the league” or “be one of the best NHL teams the rest of the way”, or “win two of every three games”. These snip-its are great, they clearly show an understanding that the Flames are going to have to do something very unexpected to make the playoffs, and given that the management group has to already be making plans based on the league not being shocked.

At least I seriously hope so.
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Game Takes: Predators 2 Flames 1

January 28th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Some times teams find a niche, a shtick, or a calling card. When Darryl Sutter was in town he used to call it an identity, something he felt was required as you steer a NHL franchise up the standings.

Well the Flames are riding their latest identity in the opposite direction, as they continue to follow the same recipe, now three games in a row.
1. Spot the other team a 2-0 or 3-0 lead.
2. Score to make it close.
3. Push hard to tie things up.
4. Come up short and lose in regulation.

Tonight the recipe led rise to a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators sending the Flames into the all star break on a three game losing streak and in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs. The next key date on the season’s schedule? The trade deadline.
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Predators vs Flames – 7:30 – SNet1

January 27th, 2016 | Posted in Game Day | By: Mike Fawcett

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23 – 18 – 8

54 Points, Ranked # 8 in the West

VS

21 – 23 – 3

45 Points, ranked # 13 in the West

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