Game Takes: Oilers 1 Flames 0

December 9th, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Three games in four nights, missing your best defenseman and your shut down center in an enemy building without last change. That’s a pretty stacked deck against a rested team with a generational speedster that has been reeling off victories under a new coach, yet the Flames held their own in a 1-0 loss in Edmonton on Sunday night.

The string of five straight wins comes to an end, but the team will get Mark Giordano so all in all not a bad weekend with a split given the circumstances.

The Flames were “off” tonight. The top line was out of sync, they couldn’t seem to generate a whole lot off the rush as per the usual, and they got themselves on the wrong side of the penalty parade

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Game Takes: Flames 5 Predators 2

December 9th, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

I think most hockey fans in Calgary would admit the double whammy of a Mikael Backlund concussion and a Mark Giordano suspension had them somewhat nervous with back to back games on the schedule against a very good Nashville Predators and a rivalry game against a suddenly streaking Edmonton Oilers.

The team came into play with a 8-1-1 record in their last ten games, so a blip or two on the radar wouldn’t be a crime, but you’d hate to see the team give back too much of what they’ve gained. With a big 5-2 third period win over the Predators tonight it almost puts the weekend to bed without that worst case scenario as they travel to Edmonton looking for the shorthanded sweep tomorrow night.

Instead of facing the possibility of back to back losses, the Flames keep on rolling, using depth scoring by way of Oliver Kylington and Alan Quine and another good effort from Mike Smith to move into first place in the Western Conference standings.

The depth gets tested again, and again Stockton comes in swinging.

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Game Takes: Flames 2 Wild 0

December 6th, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Good teams win games many different ways.

Sometimes it’s a jump ball and a last one to shoot wins. Sometimes it’s a special teams battle. Sometimes it’s a grind fest with little by way of scoring chances and highlight reel action.

Tonight the Flames ran their win streak to four straight games, points in six straight, but outlasting the Minnesota Wild to the tune of 2-0 on the strength of a Elias Lindholm hat trick … ok one of them didn’t count but you get the point.

The win moves the Flames to 18-9-2 and the best start in almost a quarter century in Calgary making GM Brad Treliving look somewhat brilliant with the current head coach and depth at all positions.

Merry Christmas!

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Game Takes: Flames 9 Jackets 6

December 4th, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

A good old fashioned game for a box full of older guys!

The Calgary Flames treated their fathers to back to back relatively thrilling road victories this week; a 3-2 wide open win in Chicago, and then a 4-1 deficit erasing 9-6 barn burner in Columbus as the team pushed it’s record to 17-9-2.

Tonight all four goaltenders got into the game, both coaches looked livid and the Flames were carried by an electric game by their top line as both Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau put up four points on the night.

Bill Peters will be happy with the road mini trip sweep but also somewhat concerned on the team’s coverage and ability to lock down a game.
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Game Takes: Flames 3 Hawks 2

December 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

I swear Mike Smith is a happy goaltender when the Flames play loose and give up way too many odd man chances.

In recent weeks the Flames have enveloped the opposition with a blanket of security, leaving their goaltenders very little to do. In some of those games however a weak goal or two was Mike Smith’s downfall causing the city to wonder if a new starter was born. That wasn’t the problem tonight though as the Flames outplayed the Hawks but bent ugly when they bent giving up numerous breakaways and odd man chances only to have Mike Smith go “zone” and secure the win.

The Flames are going to want to batten down those hatches again for Tuesday night in Columbus, for tonight it made for an entertaining 3-2 victory.

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