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The natural order of the Western Conference begins to reassert itself, after the unlikeliness of Vancouver and Calgary in the early going. The likes of Chicago and San Jose surge, and Vancouver and Calgary regress to what consensus figured them for in the early autumn: the Canucks a fringe playoff team, and the Flames a Connor McDavid contender.
There remains, of course, a lot of hockey to play. But it does not look good for Western Canada’s hockey teams, the Oilers obviously, the Canucks on the edge and the Flames cratering. Like an errant pass, bouncing all the way back into your own empty net. Wideman was frank Saturday night: “It’s kind of the way things are going right now.”
-David Ebner of the Globe and Mail where you can read more on the Canucks and Flames.
By Michael Ray,
Rick Nash had a two-goal night on Tuesday, extending the New York Rangers' winning streak to four games in a row.
Nash's goals were his 19th and 20th in the season; they helped the Rangers beat the Calgary Flames 5-2. He's also tied with Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh) for the longest current-season point streak in the NHL, with his eight goals and six assists giving him an 11-game point streak. It's the best in his career.
both via Hometown Hockey,
After a Hall of Fame career, Doug Gilmour returns to his hometown to coach the cities beloved Kingston Frontenacs and somehow proves the adage that you can take the boy out of Kingston, but you can’t take Kingston out of the boy.
First the good goal by Alex Ovechkin...
The bad goal goes to the Calgary Flames, watch it below...
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed head coach Bob Hartley to a multi-year contract extension.
Hartley was originally named head coach of the Flames on May 31, 2012. He has guided the Flames to a 71-79-13 record during the past three seasons and earned his 400th career win on December 4th, 2014 over Colorado. The Flames currently hold a 17-14-2 record for 36 points and are 5th place in the Pacific Division, 9th in the Western Conference and 15th overall in League standings.
In startling the hockey world through the first 25 games, these Flames provided themselves enough cushion in the standings to at least partially withstand a tailspin of these dimensions and built up a tonne of good will.
But they need to end this swoon. Or else.
-George Johnson of the Calgary Herald on the Calgary Flames. More from Johnson on the Flames and their six game losing streak.
George Stroumboulopoulos sits down with Toronto’s Larry Tanenbaum, Boston’s Jeremy Jacobs and Calgary’s Murray Edwards to discuss the perks and issues of owning a hockey franchise.
Part two and three of the video can be viewed at Sportsnet.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
So, is this it? Is the moment when water reaches its level in Calgary and the dream becomes the nightmare many folks believed this season would be?
The Flames, one of the pleasant surprises of this season through the first quarter, were dumped 4-3 by Buffalo on Thursday night, blowing a 3-2 third period lead along the way. Netminder Karri Ramo, a workhorse of late for the Flames, allowed four goals on just 19 shots while the Flames could only solve Jhonas Enroth three times despite launching 45 shots on net.
The loss was the third in a row for the Flames, their worst streak of the season. The Flames are in a stretch where they play six of eight on the road and are in Pittsburgh on Friday and Chicago on Sunday. So far, the Flames have always rebounded from whatever slight bumps in the road they have encountered. Now we'll find out if their reality is about to change.
more topics from the games last night by the ESPN hockey writers...
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
The Flames are stunning the hockey industry with their strong season, and today team president Brian Burke made it clear the team is more than willing to start spending some of the more than $19 million in available cap space to make the team even more of a playoff threat.
"You can quote me on this. We are budgeted as a full cap team," said Burke today at the conclusion of the NHL’s board of governors meetings.
"The only reason we haven’t been a cap team so far is we haven’t seen the value. But the second we do, (general manager) Brad Treliving is authorized to go right to the cap."
Right now, the Flames are 29th in NHL payrolls at about $50 million. The room they have could translate into contracts worth tens of millions by the March deadline if they choose to spend it.
It sort of looks good on Mr. Hartley who notched his 400th NHL win.
Below, watch the highlights of another Calgary come from behind win, the time against the Colorado Avalanche.
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