Flames vs Blue Jackets – 5:00 – SNF

January 21st, 2016 | Posted in Game Day | By: Mike Fawcett

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20 – 21 – 3

43 Points, ranked # 13 in the West

VS

17 – 26 – 4

38 Points, Ranked # 16 in the East

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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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Flames 1, Oilers 2 (SO)

January 17th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Jeff Enns

So almost exactly four years ago — January 21, 2012 — the Flames were set to take on the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall place.  In honour of their impending victory I wrote a little poem in the pregame thread.

Amazingly, four long years later, and the content still holds up incredibly well.  Only a few minor substitutions (represented in brackets) are needed:

So here’s the deal
A little spiel
Tonight the Flames must win

To lose this game
Would be a shame
In fact it’d be a sin

The Oilers suck
Can’t shoot the puck
And (farm team) is a drunk

Again on pace
For near last place
Oh who’d have ever thunk?

There is no doubt
Fans will be out
In fine dress shoes and sweats

They’ll slurp their beer
And give a cheer
That sounds quite like turrets

Their mullet’s combed
Or forehead’s domed
And girls that pass as guys

No surprise why
The teammates try
To slice eachother’s eyes

The Flames need points
Like punks need joints
Tonight’s an easy two

With (Bennett) hot
And (Gaudreau’s) shot
A loss will just not do

So mount your steed
And grab the lead
For we will play the spoilers

Like West Ed Mall
The roof will fall
Tonight we beat the Oilers!!
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Game Takes: Flames 6 Panthers 0

January 13th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

It was retro night in Calgary.

No not that night every year when the Flames deem a night of costume and garb, the Saddledome filling with leg warmers and acid wash jeans. Tonight I mean true retro night, back to a previous era in the NHL when the flood gates would open and teams struggling would turn bad nights into horrific nights. Think the Colorado Rockies, the Washington Capitals, and the Winnipeg Jets, the easy marks from the early 1980s.

Today the game is different. A team struggling still hangs in. Systems rule the day and everything gets held in check.

But tonight it was throwback night as the Panthers, exhausted from a long road trip literally mailed it in. And the Flames just kept coming and coming and coming, and well coming to the tune of a 6-0 shellacking on Sadledome ice.

The other throwback element in tonight’s game? Individual goal scoring, with Sam Bennett popping 4 goals, something we haven’t seen from young players in Calgary since Joe Nieuwendyk lit it up in his first few seasons.

Quite a send off for a five game road trip.
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Game Takes: Sharks 5 Flames 4

January 11th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The Flames deserved many of their 11 straight wins on home ice last month, but in that streak they pulled a few out of the fire. They found their share of bounces, had some good fortune and some drama along the way.

Lady luck and bounces tend to even out however, and tonight the Flames were on the wrong side of the bounce once again as the Sharks, outplayed most of the way, found the back of the net often enough to hang on for a 5-4 win on Monday night at the Saddledome.

The Flames outshot their visitors by a two to one margin, and the Sharks scored two lucky goals, but in the end some weak play in their own zone cost the club dearly as they continue to sputter against their own division.
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