Games Takes: Blues 6 Flames 4

October 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

It sure feels like this city needs a silver lining.

Sure the Flames dropped another one, this time 6-4 to the St. Louis Blues, moving their record to 1-4-1 and frighteningly close to the rough October witnessed 12 flips of the calendar ago.

However, the Flames did start to generate chances and built some cohesion later in the game. I won’t over state this as they’re still a long way from anything that could be described as chemistry or flow, but sure your silver lining is it’s coming.

The question though; will it be too late?

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Games Takes: Hurricanes 4 Flames 2

October 20th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

We were told it might take some time, this adjustment to a new coach, new systems and a different style of play.

In the summer that seems like a theory, lip service as to what could happen, but it all feels so far away it’s hard to raise the ire or find a concern. Well that theory is becoming pretty real now as the Flames drop their fourth game in five (one in overtime), this one 4-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes in a game that featured almost zero flow, an anemic powerplay, too much individual play and a really tight hockey team that frankly seems lost.

Sure they won the other night against a depleted Sabres team, but it was a sloppy, erratic game in itself.

Change takes time, I’ll be the first to admit, but time is ticking on a “start”, we’ve seen this script before..
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Game Takes: Flames 4 Sabres 3 (OT)

October 18th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Winning solves everything?

OK, that’s a huge stretch but you get the point. Sometimes when a team as a collective is gripping the stick a little tight a simple result can go a long way in releasing said pressure and getting a hockey team back to who they are.

At least that’s the lecture Gultuzan will be giving tomorrow on Saddledome ice.

The Flames fought their way to a stirring third period comeback, 4-3 overtime victory against the Sabres on Tuesday night, in a game that clearly demonstrated just how tense the locals have become. Sure systems are being adjusted too, but the number of unforced errors, bobbles and mental mistakes was staggering.
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Game Takes: Canucks 2 Flames 1 (SO)

October 15th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The growing pains that mark the start of the Flames season continued in Vancouver tonight as the team turned in the fire wagon, breakaway yielding persona of the first two games of the season, replacing them with the defending offensively anemic group we saw on Hockey Night in Canada.

All in all, a solid effort, but a shoot out loss moving the Flames to 0-2-1 on the season, creating a lot of pressure and anxiety on a fan base that saw their season end in October last year, and a new coach that needs some success to help build some faith in what’s he’s doing.

The truth of the matter has always been a learning curve. It was thought that an easy start against some playoff missing rivals would be the tonic, and clearly that wasn’t the case.
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Game Takes: Oilers 5 Flames 3

October 14th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Getting off to a good start, a big key in a successful season and a playoff berth.

The Flames, having changed their coaching staff were always at risk of said slow start because of a slough of system changes, not to mention a key camp injury and a star player holding out.

Luckily they had an easy start to the season with back to back games against a decade’s old doormat in the Edmonton Oilers, it’s like extended training camp right?

Think again, the Flames dropped their second straight to their provincial little brothers, this time by dominating in the first period and then getting crushed in all facets of the game the rest of the way in a 5-3 loss on Friday night.

Zero wins, two losses, and a whole lot of worry in Calgary.
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