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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Flames 1, Stars 2

January 25th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Jeff Enns

It was around 150 AD that Greek Philosopher Ptolemy originated the idea that a shooting star could grant a wish.  The idea was that the Gods would get bored or restless (possibly watching an Anaheim Ducks game) and peer down at Earth between the spheres allowing stars to slip through.  Therefore it was believed that as the Gods were paying attention, a prayer or wish was more likely to be heard and answered.

There was no shortage of shooting Stars on Monday night, especially in the early  going, and one could only hope the Hockey Gods were witness to the shellacking that was befalling the Calgary Flames and felt mercy was owed to their pain-stricken fans.  But hopefully there is no limit of wishes per night, as the Flames have a laundry list of problems that need resolution.
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Flames 2, Hurricanes 5

January 24th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Jeff Enns

If a game is played in Raleigh, North Carolina, and no one is around to watch it, does it even count?

Spectators were sparse at the PNC arena Sunday as the Calgary Flames rolled into town to take on the hometown Hurricanes.   A winter storm had blasted the Eastern coast this week.  Combine that with a couple of highly anticipated NFL games overlapping the contest, including round 17 of Brady vs Manning, and the home-state Carolina Panthers hosting a chance to return to the Superbowl, it was no surprise the empty seats outnumbered the patrons for the franchise that sits last in the NHL for attendance this year.
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Flames 4, Blue Jackets 2

January 21st, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Jeff Enns

Let’s get ready to rummmmble!

Two years and three days ago, the Flames delivered a most memorable moment in a forgettable season.  That night Calgary entered the contest against the Vancouver Canucks — and then head coach John Tortorella — 10 games below .500, but something felt different about that game.  Perhaps it was the burlier than normal starting lineup, featuring more beef than a Hardee’s giant thickburger.  The infamous opening faceoff line brawl would spark that Flames edition, who followed that mark with a .600 winning clip, and began the unraveling of a Canucks squad who sent Tortorella to the unemployment line just one season into a five-year contract.

The Flames could use a similar spark again as they entered Thursday’s contest against the reincarnated Tortorella and his Columbus Blue Jackets.  The Jackets are floundering at the bottom of the league, and unless the Flames secure themselves two points again the league’s worst team could find themselves at the bottom of the Western Conference before they lace up for their next game.
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Game Takes: Devils 4 Flames 2

January 19th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The calendar has flipped, teams have passed the half way mark of their seasons and the NHL is getting fitted with that after Christmas higher gear that really ramps up the play and separates the contenders from the pretenders in the playoff race.

So far the Flames have proven their mettle in finding themselves very much in the pretender category as teams around them continue to pick up points left and right. Last week they came out flat against the Coyotes on home ice. On Saturday night they tried to sit on a one goal lead against Edmonton and inevitably left a point on the table.

Tonight in New Jersey it was a corpse cold second period that turned a 1-1 deadlock into a 3-1 Devil lead and an eventual 3-2 loss in the swamp. With teams around them picking up points every night 40 minute games simply won’t cut it..
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