Daily Lottery Fix – April 11th

April 11th, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

On Saturday night the HNIC crew thought it best to run the lottery simulation 100 times and report the results. They were in and around the actual odds as expected, which proves my coming point. Don’t run the thing 100 times, run it once and get your head around what that would mean.

Every day between now and April 30th Calgarypuck will run the simulator once and then look at what that would mean. We will assess the result on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the worst (see Edmonton) and 10 (Flames land Matthews) being the best.

April 11th – 19 Days to the Lottery

The Good:

The Flames had two teams behind them win lottery spots, but not three so they remain in the top seven – many see the top 7 as a pretty key line over the rest of the top ten with some options. Of the two teams that passed them both are Canadian and somewhat likeable (read no rivalry with the Flames and their fans). Success for Ottawa and Winnipeg certainly doesn’t stick in the craw of the average Calgarian the way an Edmonton, Vancouver or to a lesser extent Toronto win would.

The Bad:

Vancouver right there at the top. The Flames would be faced with a Western Canadian rivalry with McDavid in Edmonton and Matthews in Vancouver for the next ten or so years. Can certainly be managed, but not an ideal outcome by any standard for Flames fans.

Simulation Rating:

I give this a 4 out of 10. The Flames don’t move up, a rival gets the phenom, but the solace is the Leafs and Oilers both getting punched out of the top three. A good result for future tanking clubs to consider in future seasons.

The Picks:

1. Vancouver – Matthews
2. Winnipeg – Laine
3. Ottawa РPuljujärvi
4. Toronto – Nylander
The brothers united has them take Nylander early.
5. Edmonton – Chychrun
Need defensemen more than forwards
6. Columbus – Tkachuk
7. Calgary – Dubois

Flames Pick:

The Flames pick up powerforward P.L. Dubois after narrowly missing Tkachuk falling to them at seven. Although Dubious doesn’t shoot right, he has a decent chance of making the Flames this fall, but it certainly wouldn’t be the end of the world if he goes back to Cape Breton. A highly competitive winger to add to the Flames top six in the next 12 to 24 months. Great building block.


Game Takes: Flames 2 Wild 1

April 9th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Well not the season many of us had in mind when Brad Treliving shocked the hockey world by reeling in Dougie Hamilton on draft day from Tampa in June of last summer.

The Flames coming off a great playoff run that had them knock off the Canucks, then fall to the Ducks in the second round were expected to be a force in the weak Pacific Division and to battle with the Kings for home ice in the first round of an expected playoff series. Instead it was an October face plant, terrible special teams, and some historically bad goaltending as the Flames were pretty much on ice by Halloween, their season over.

So with the season lost they took to the ice for the final time this season in Minnesota, and with a 38 year old goaltender playing out the string they came from behind with a spirited third period to beat the Wild 2-1 and at least end their campaign with a good taste in their collective mouths.

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Game Takes: Flames 7 Canucks 3

April 7th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

You know when you have that miserable round of golf? Double after double, missed putts, two shanks out of bounds; a terrible experience you’ve shot 10 strokes over your average game and you think you’ll never play again.

And then you drop a 23 foot putt for a birdie on the 18th hole and you are tempted to just head back to the first tee and do it all again!

Well hockey seasons can be like that too. With the Flames annihilation of the Oilers in Edmonton on Saturday, and a spirited overtime loss to the Kings on Tuesday the team was certainly in a late season, lottery pick position killing groove. Tonight was even more of the same as they were fast fast fast on the puck all night, a track meet running the Canucks out of town to the tune of 7-3. This one wasn’t close, and without a strong start from Ryan Miller the Flames would have put up double digits.

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Game Takes: Kings 5 Flames 4 (OT)

April 5th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Once again there won’t be a obscenity laced tirade from the media room at the Saddledome, Bob Hartley seething through his teeth uttering words like “eradicate” and “you’d think 200 days together and you’d learn”.

From the moment the Flames “knew” they wouldn’t make the playoffs there have only been a handful of true face plants, most of those aided and abetted by some pretty shaky goaltending. The team night in night out with heads held high, showing ready and able to make each and every game a battle.

Tonight against a cup favourite was no different with the Flames scratching and whacking their way to a disappointing 4-3 overtime loss at the Saddledome, in a game they led with just 40 seconds to play.

Tough loss for the team, but salvation in the standings I suppose. Another great effort.

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Game Takes: Flames 5 Oilers 0

April 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The name changes for the Edmonton Coliseum over the years has been helpful in that it helps define eras in Edmonton.

When the building was called Northlands it was a terrifying spot to play hockey, with future hall of famers lighting the lamp with ease and blowing out many a visitor that would visit Alberta’s capital city.

However the two more recent incantations, Skyreach and Rexall were exactly the opposite. Teams came in and had their way with the Oilers, nobody more than the Flames who ran their record to 15-3-1 in their last 19 visits to the pill box, ending their history in the building with a convincing if somewhat embarrassing 5-0 blow out win over the Oilers.

The Flames were paced by Johnny Gaudreau and Mikael Backlund, two players that will be key in building new memories at the new Roger’s Place next year when it opens.

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