March 9th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath
Three weeks ago the call was to clean house.
Jonas Hiller was crumbling before our very eyes, Kari Ramo had is knee destroyed and was out for the season and a risky player to sign in the summer. And Joni Ortio was inconsistent as all get up, struggling both at the NHL level to star the season and then again in the American Hockey League when he got sent down.
Hold your horses, Joni Ortio is making a statement. Tonight the Flames may have blown a two goal lead in the third period, but Ortio and his team stood tall in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night. The win gives the Flames points in three straight games (2-0-1) to alleviate the ugly memory of a recent 7 game losing streak.
Tank? What tank?. - Full Article –
March 7th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath
Pretty sure a solid way to convince the world you don’t believe in tanking is to throw almost 50 pucks on net in a losing effort.
That’s exactly what the Flames did tonight in bowing to the San Jose Sharks by a 2-1 overtime score, Monday night at the Saddledome. After a slow star (seven minutes worth), the Flames threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Sharks and Martin Jones but were unable to get one by the netminder until the final two minutes of play.
One of the best goaltending efforts I’ve seen in a long while. - Full Article –
March 5th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Jeff Enns
March of the Flames.
(Read in the voice of Morgan Freeman for full effect)
There are few places harder to get to in this world. But there aren’t any where it’s harder to live. The temperament here at the bottom of the standings is frigid at best. That’s where the Calgary Flames live.
It wasn’t always like this.
The team used to be one of the hardest to play, teeming with effort and skill. But then things started to drift south. And by the time it’s done drifting Calgary might very well find themselves alone at the bottom.
This location used to be reserved for the Edmonton Oilers. They’ve lived here for what seems like thousands of years. This is their home. But now it’s being challenged.
This is a story about sadness.
March 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath
Earlier in the season the Flames had it mastered, putrid penalty killing, but getting by because of their lack of time in the penalty box.
Lately however, the Flames have altered their strategy; that is attempt to improve their penalty killing through shear quantity. Take oodles of penalties and with each opportunity to be short you have an every increasing chance of killing them off. I mean seriously even the best powerplays in the 80s chugged along at only 28-30%.
Tonight the Flames took 8 minor penalties, somehow killing 7 of them off, but still found a way to lose a hockey game in Buffalo, this time by a 6-3 score to move their losing streak to seven games, and this trip’s record to 0-3-3. - Full Article –