Game Takes: Leafs 5 Flames 2

March 21st, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

When the Flames hit the ice there is little doubt that tanking is in their plans.

Tonight for example the Flames out hit the Leafs almost five to one, the effort was there, the players left it all on the ice.

Off the ice some curious moves were made however, including first and foremost the decision to start Jonas Hiller after Niklas Backstrom started last night in Montreal. Back to back games usually gets you a backup start, no doubt, but how often do you see goalies two and three with number one sitting?

As if by plan the goaltending was the difference as Jonas Hiller gave up three goals on 24 shots (.875), one his fault completely, another he should have had as the Flames go down 5-2 to the lowly Leafs. Who am I kidding, they’re both lowly. - Full Article –


Game Takes: Flames 4 Candiens 1

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

The guy just wanted to play.

Sitting healthy in Minnesota, relegated to the third goaltender, no longer getting the net for practice or to dress in games. He was in NHL hell.

Then a very strange opportunity arises when a late trade deadline move requires the transfer of his salary. Where am I going? Calgary, a team with zero chance to make the playoffs. He says sure with his no trade clause but only if they promise me two games. Now I’m not sure if the Flames would be obligated contractually to an odd clause like that but they fulfilled step one tonight with a start in Montreal.

And the old guy came within 7 minutes of a shut out in a 4-1 win in Montreal. A great story, with at least one more chapter. - Full Article –


Game Takes: Avalanche 4 Flames 3 (SO)

March 18th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper

To win, or not to win – that is the question: whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outraged fans, or to take arms against a sea of tankers, And by opposing them? To lose, to slide. To slide, to dream: ay, there’s the rub; for in that slide of losses, what dreams may come? The Merchant of Zurich? Two Gentlemen of Suomi?

Okay, maybe the tanking debate isn’t worthy of a Shakespearean soliloquy, but it is a Tempest, even if it is Much Ado About Nothing. In the end I guess, this above all; to thine own self be true. And enjoy the games. - Full Article –


Game Takes: Flames 4 Jets 1

March 16th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The Jets and Flames have been mirror images of each other for the past couple of seasons.

Young clubs on the rise, they get back to the playoffs in the 2014-15 season, but then face plant this year and now find themselves battling it out for the bottom few draft picks in a lost season. They entered the game tied with identical records to add to the reflection, clearly something had to give.

An odd first period where everything the Flames touched went in the net, was too much for the Jets to recover from as the Flames skate away with a 4-1 win, moving their record to 3-1-1 on this homestand and 4-1-1 since their 7 game losing streak.

Clearly the Flames have run the draft simulator enough times to know not to bother with that whole tank thing. - Full Article –


Game Takes: Flames 7 Blues 4

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

Teams that are out of it have two distinct paths in which they can follow.

One can embrace the tank, and fitfully search for a way to drop as many games as you can in order to get a high pick and turn your franchise around. Or a team can play spoiler and compete hard every night, creating fits for the opposition hunting down key points and keep pride within your organization. With wins over the Penguins, Predators and tonight a 7-4 wild encounter with the Blues in the last week and change the Flames are making it oh so clear what path they are following.

Two years ago a spirited finish set the table for a magical 2014-15 season, now in a lost season the Flames seem to be doing the same for 2016-17. Well played. - Full Article –



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