The Tenuous Tender Tandem

October 24th, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The NHL, and I’m guessing pro sports in general, has always been a fad chasing circuit.

When the Devils won with a trap everyone trapped. Now that the Kings are big and have won two cups, everyone is looking at size, and getting bigger and more difficult to play against. A terrible Chicago franchise drafted Toews and Kane, and with that everyone felt sucking badly was the best building plan, only to to have the Panthers and Oilers have everyone rethink that suggestion.

One element that hasn’t changed over the years, is the goalie rotation for NHL member clubs and leaning heavily on one man to carry the load.
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Game Takes: Flames 5 Hurricanes 0

October 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Playing in front of friends and family can really boost a hockey player, regardless of age, or level of hockey. When a guy is young in his NHL career and living two time zones away, you just know the boost that having one’s parents in town will provide.

Both the Gaudreau’s and Mr. Jooris were at the Dome on Thursday night to see the Flames pummel the helpless Hurricanes by a score of 5-0. Josh Jooris earned his dad an assist, while Gaudreau came up empty in front of his folks. - Full Article –

Game Takes – Lightning 2 Flames 1 (OT)

October 21st, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

It’s been an odd start to the season.

In the age of advanced statistics the Flames have defied odds and won games that quite likely they had no part even being in. Tough periods against Vancouver, Edmonton, St. Louis, Chicago, Columbus and Winnipeg suggested to the naked eye that the shoe was about to drop for this 4-3-0 team.

Tonight however, they were full marks. Full marks against a team that figures to be in the mix for home ice in the East when the dust settles in April. Yet they found a way to lose it, giving up a late tying goal and then the overtime winner to turn a 1-0 lead into a 2-1 overtime loss.

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Game Takes: Flames 4 Jets 1

October 19th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

When the NHL schedule came out in August the writing appeared to be on the wall.

Tough home opener with the rival Canucks, then a killer 6 game road trip with 5 of the 6 opponents featuring 2013-14 records above .500. Good night right?

Instead the Flames ride goaltending, some bounces, and some grit to a 4-2 trip, the last win coming tonight in Winnipeg when the Flames bested the Jets 4-1. The team heads home to Calgary with a. 4-3 record on a season that most expected to already be over. - Full Article –

Game Takes: Jackets 3 Flames 2

October 17th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The long and winding “road” continued in Columbus with the Flames inexplicably looking to up their road trek to four wins and a loss, all while getting out played on numerous occasions and finding their fair share of bounces.

So it was somewhat ironic that Kari Ramo gave up two goals on his first 4 shots, neither the stoppable variety, putting the Flames in an early hole in Ohio. The hole as it turned out was too deep to dig out of, as the Flames dropped a come from behind 3-2 decision to the Jackets. One more and the team will actually skate once again on Saddledome ice. - Full Article –

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