Game Takes: Flames 6 Wings 3

November 10th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

When the schedule came out and one noticed a seven game homestand in the first two weeks of November you could be forgiven for circling a few teams as easy wins, and a few others as tough games.

But for the the third straight time in three home dates a team that was supposed to be a doormat has given the Flames all they could handle, as the Red Wings followed up the battle by the Devils and Canucks in dropping a 6-3 game at the Dome tonight.

Rebuilds aren’t what they used to be I guess, as the Wings and Devils have loaded up with inexperienced speed. Once again, glad to have the likes of Dillan Dube, Andrew Mangiapane and Matthew Phillips on the way for the Flames.

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Game Takes: Canucks 5 Flames 3

November 7th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The Flames are exactly who they are; a team just above .500. Good enough to be in the mix, but yet to put it all together to be a dominant team.

Early in the season it was Mike Smith carrying the mail as the Flames were routinely out played before finally getting a perch but putting up abysmal shooting percentage numbers.

As recent as Sunday the tide turned with the Flames starting to score in a game where Mike Smith had a tough night. Tonight Smith had a tough night again and the Flames shooters were unable to overcome the deficit despite outplaying the Canucks for most of the night going down 5-3 to Vancouver on Tuesday night.

It’s a Treliving team so it’s process, and tonight was a good process night, but the loss is a loss.

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Game Takes: Flames 5 Devils 4 (SO)

November 5th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

So are the New Jersey Devils tonic for the struggling offence of Alberta teams?

They gave up six goals (empty net goal included) in Edmonton and then five in Calgary to two of the league’s bottom four offensive output clubs on an Western Canadian three game swing that resulted in a 5-4 entertaining shoot out loss in Calgary tonight.

But not so fast Calgary, the Oilers were shut out against the Detroit Red Wings this afternoon, so don’t let it go to your heads. Bear down!

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Game Takes: Flames 2 Penguins 1 (OT)

November 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

In the past few seasons a Calgary Pittsburgh game has become somewhat predictable.

The game will be close … check. The game likely will go to extra time … check. And the game will end up with a Flames victory, check again, as tonight was no different as the Flames turned away their visitors by a 2-1 score in overtime.

The game was a goalie battle with Mike Smith standing on his head in the first period to give his team to find their legs after a four day lay over, and then rookie Tristan Jarry coming up big when the Flames found their game.

Another low scoring, but entertaining game at the Saddledome.

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Game Takes: Flames 2 Caps 1

October 29th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

For the past five games the Flames special teams have been anything but.

They’ve had their powerplay completely dry up, and their penalty kill has become more of a coin toss than the 80% kill rate required to be in the upper echelon of the National Hockey League.

So the results of late haven’t been all that surprising as the Flames had squandered a pretty good start to the season in dropping four of the last five. The Flames may not have won the special teams battle tonight, but they didn’t lose it either in a 2-1 squeaker at the Saddledome on Sunday night.

The win evens the team’s record on this all important early season seven game homestand, setting up a few days of practice before they take on the Penguins on Thursday.

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