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Winnipeg Jets 2, Calgary Flames 1

17 Oct

Ramo’s stellar 58 minutes

What a disappointing finish to this game.

Calgary came out flying and really took it to the Jets for the first 20 minutes. Then, as has become a trend this year, they just couldn’t get anything going in the middle frame and Winnipeg was all over Calgary. The third period had a lot of back and forth, and even though the Jets seemed to be carrying the play most of the night Karri Ramo played great. Well actually, Ramo played great for 58 minutes before letting in a real soft goal with 90 seconds to go in the game.

And that’s how one shot can erase everything good you’ve done.

The Flames tried to tie up the game with Ramo pulled, but Ferland gave up the puck in the offensive zone and that led to an empty-net and game-sealing goal. Ferland has a lot of potential as we’ve seen, but it’s plays like this that show how much growing he has left to do.

Lance Bouma out with broken leg

Bouma broke his leg against the Blues, and is now out for 6 weeks. This means that the lineup has shifted around a bit, including a new second line centred by Mikael Backlund.

For the new, readjusted Calgary Flames line combinations, please go check out my page on lineups.

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St. Louis Blues 4, Calgary Flames 3

14 Oct

The Flames didn’t really have an excuse for coming out as flat as they did. They were rested, they were at home. They have a full complement of players, with the exception of T.J. Brodie. Even though Brodie would have helped, I’m not sure if he would have been enough.

Calgary had four powerplays in the first 20 minutes, and although they scored on one of them, they only managed four shots in the period. Luckily their first shot went in. Hiller was great because they were outshot 14-4 by the Blues and still managed to lead after 20 minutes, 2-to-1.

The second was a different story. St. Louis continued to dominate Calgary but this time Hiller wasn’t as great, and the shooting percentage of the Blues started to average out. St. Louis scored three unanswered goals in the second period to lead by two.

The third period started out just as the Flames hoped, with an early goal. However the Blues were able to hold on after a final push by Calgary – who certainly had their chances to tie it – to prevent the Flames from collecting their first home win of the season.

Who stood out?

Johnny Gaudreau continues to look good to start the season, as does his linemates Hudler and Monahan. Jonas Hiller was pretty solid as well, despite giving up four goals. Dennis Wideman surprisingly has picked up exactly where he left off last season, which was a career year for him. With another two assists Wideman is just behind Hudler and Gaudreau in points in this young season.

Dennis Wideman

Dennis Wideman is my pick of the night (Why is this the first photo I found?)

A couple guys who stood out for me for not standing out were Lance Bouma and Michael Ferland. Both these guys need to have the sort of on-ice presence that opponents are aware of. Outside of a few half-hits, neither were really noticeable until Bouma left the game in the second with an apparent ankle injury.

McDavid Night in Canada

Next up are the provincial rivals on Saturday, which includes the first appearance in Calgary for Connor McDavid. The Oiler fans are going to come out in droves for this game, so we’re going to have to be a little louder than usual to drown them out. This is one of those games where the most important part is to get a quick start to keep the Flames fans in the game and the Oiler fans quiet.

Connor McDavid

Rookie Phenom Connor McDavid



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Calgary Flames 3, Vancouver Canucks 2 (OT)

11 Oct

Calgary gets its revenge in game two

The second game of the Calgary/Vancouver home-and-home series to start the season goes to the Flames. Although it was a much closer game than the first one was.

Johnny Gaudreau led Calgary with a goal and two assists, which included the game-winner in overtime. I know it’s early, but Johnny Hockey is off to a pretty quick start. Actually the whole top line is, as Sean MonahanJiri HudlerJohnny Gaudreau have already accumulated nine points in the first two games. Even Brad Treliving had doubt at the beginning of last year as to where the scoring was coming from, but that’s been eradicated by what’s quickly becoming one of the top lines in the NHL.

Jonas Hiller got the start after Ramo let in five goals in the previous game, and he was solid with the exception of the Bo Horvat goal (below). I think there is little doubt that he’ll be starting on Tuesday against a tough St. Louis Blues team.

The good and the bad of week one

First the good. Remember when it would take Jarome Iginla ten games at the beginning of each season to get going? Well already two games in, the top line has started strong. The second line has shown potential, especially the play of Michael Frolik. He’s been all over the place, from leading the power play to defending on the penalty kill. He has been exactly what the Flames were looking for in a second line winger, but again, it’s early.

The third and fourth lines have been okay, not giving you more than you’d expect but also not causing more grief than they could. If the Flames are going to match their record from last year however, these two lines will need to exceed our expectations.

I also want to give credit to Mason Raymond, who after being put on waivers earlier in the week had a strong bounce-back game against the Canucks.

Now the bad.

The defence. For what could arguably be the best defence in the league — for the top four anyway — Calgary has done nothing but give up odd-man rushes through the first two games. The Sedins are not the players you want to give that kind of room to. Hamilton is looking like he is settling in, but Giordano has yet to find his game. It’ll come.


Calgary Flames stink up the Dome in their season opener

08 Oct

Vancouver Canucks 5, Calgary Flames 1

The Flames came out a-flyin’ and a-fightin’ and the energy they were able to get from the home crowd lasted all of 5 minutes. After that it was all Vancouver.

Kris Russell put it bluntly. “They embarrassed us in our home opener.”

Karri Ramo was just okay. He was solid most of the night and made one phenomenal save on the Sedins, but 3 of the 5 goals he let it were stoppable. I could the puck off the skate and the puck Sutter batted out of the air as unstoppable. I don’t think he did enough to earn the start in Vancouver on Saturday though, and the team needs a shake up just one game into the season. Look for Hiller to start. Maybe Harley will rotate three until one can find a groove?

Just because I love lasers, check out the Flames Season Opener introduction video and laser show. Apologies for the poor quality.

Sad to see Paul Byron go

Paul Byron was one of those players that was easy to root for. He was small, but played big. He was fast, but his hand could never keep up with his feet. Byron was placed on waivers earlier in the week and was claimed by the Montreal Canadiens. I wish him the best.

Mason Raymond was also put on waivers, but he cleared and was a healthy scratch for the Flames first game.

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Calgary Flames drop their last two preseason games against the Jets

04 Oct

Winnipeg Jets 3, Calgary Flames 1

I don’t have must to report on this particular game, I didn’t listen to it on the radio because I figured I was recording the game on TSN. Turns out it was blacked out in Calgary. Based on what I read, the Flames were simply out-played by a more veteran Winnipeg lineup. And Ortio was okay, but not great.

Winnipeg Jets 3, Calgary Flames 2

Calgary iced their opening night roster on Saturday yet it wasn’t enough.

The Flames came out flying in the first period, after giving up the first 2 shots they out-shot their opponent 15-3 through the first 20 minutes. However there were no goals to show for their effort.

After the Jets scored in the second the boys from Winterpeg seemed to gain a lot of momentum and really took over the game. That led to another goal in the second and it was looking pretty bleak until Bouma got a dirty goal with about 13 minutes remaining in the game. I’m fairly certain the puck should have been blown dead before he whacked it in.

The Flames pulled Ramo with 90 seconds to go, and the Jets were able to get an empty-netter. That goal ended up being the winner when David Jones scored with 16 seconds left in the game. Just enough to make it interesting, but still a long-shot. That long-shot didn’t lead to anything.

Jiri Hudler was hurt in the first, but Hartley says it is pretty minor and will be back for opening night.

What did preseason tell us?

The Flames came out of the preseason 4-4. They lost the two split-squad games to Edmonton and the home-and-home series to Winnipeg. Other than that they played pretty well.

They still have three goalies, it looks like all three will remain with the club until someone gets hurt – here or elsewhere that could open up a trade. Brett Kulak was the real story out of camp as injuries to Brodie and (still) Smid opened up a roster spot for a youngster. I guess Wilson is still on the books, but after the last game of the preseason I think it’s safe to say that Kulak is your #6 guy.

The last cuts were Shore, Hathaway, Sieloff, Wotherspoon, Nakladal and Morrison. They were all assigned to the Stockton Heat after the first Winnipeg game. That leaves us with an NHL-ready line-up, check it out on the Flames current line combinations page.

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Calgary Flames 2, Colorado Avalanche 0

30 Sep

aka Jiri Hudler 2, Karri Ramo / Jonas Hiller shutout

It started when Hudler scored 24 seconds into the game. Now I didn’t see it, but based on the radio play-by-play it must have been pretty. Hudler then added another early in the second and that was all the Flames would need.

An even first period and a boring third sandwiched a second dominated by the Flames. They drew a lot of penalties, and the Flames’ powerplay so far — yes it is preseason — is clicking. Having two powerplay units is something we haven’t had for a long time. When you combine that with the goaltending Calgary is getting from the three NHL goalies they’ve somehow ended up with I’m actually fairly optimistic for the year. And that’s new for me.

On a technical note, I tried to stream the second period but the feed kept freezing up on me. Plus since they were streaming from the Saddledome in real-time and using the audio feed from the Fan960, they were not synced. If anyone from the Flames organization is reading this right now, delay the video feed by one second. If you ever stream games that aren’t televised that is.

Jiri Hudler, serious face

How can you not love this guy?

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Calgary Flames 4, Vancouver Canucks 3 (OT)

29 Sep

Calgary rooks defeat Vancouver vets

Calgary sent all the rookies to Vancouver on Saturday, after beating the Canucks handily with an NHL-veteran team at the Saddledome on Friday. The thought was that Calgary would load-up their line-up Friday in front of their fans, and Vancouver would load-up their line-up Saturday in front of theirs. Everything went according to plan for the Flames on Friday, winning 4-1 at home. Not so much for the Canucks on Saturday, who lost 4-3 in 3-on-3 OT.

Calgary’s top line was Matt Stajan, Brendan Bollig and Blair Jones – typically the fourth line. Colbourne, Raymond and Jooris also played, but it was all newbies after that.


  1. Brandon Bollig-Matt Stajan-David Jones
  2. Mason Raymond-Joe Colborne-Emile Poirier
  3. Josh Jooris-Markus Granlund-Garnet Hathaway
  4. Morgan Klimchuk-Turner Elson-Blair Riley
  1. Ryan Wilson-Rasmus Andersson
  2. Oliver Kylington-Brett Kulak
  3. Tyler Wotherspoon-Kenney Morrison


Worth mentioning

Flames centre Matt Stajan. I give Stajan a lot of grief – mainly because he plays hockey like I do… not very well. But Matt had an excellent night in Vancouver, assisting on both of Bollig’s markers and then setting-up Josh Jooris for the winner after just 97 seconds of three-on-three overtime action.

Flames netminder Karri Ramo. Ramo had 40 saves in Vancouver, including a sprawling stop on Horvat on a breakaway in overtime. If it wasn’t for Ramo, this game would have gotten ugly quickly.

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Calgary Flames 4, Vancouver Canucks 1

25 Sep

The Flames didn’t come out all too hot, but after the first 10 minutes of the game Calgary really took over.

So who was noticeable? Mostly the usual suspects, Monahan, Gaudreau, Ferland, Hamilton, Giordano, Bennett. But also I thought Patrick Sieloff had himself a whale of a game.

Patrick Seiloff

He’s American, but we’ll still take him.

First look at 3-on-3 overtime

Although it’s not the same as 5-on-5, or even 4-on-4, it’s still a lot better than the shootout. So a tentative thumbs up… for now.

First look at the Saddledome chicken wrap

As you probably know, the food offered at the Saddledome is downright awful. The exceptions are the pocket dogs — because hot dogs are timeless — and The Rotisserie up on the third level. Well new this year is The Rotisserie’s chicken wrap. I had the honour of eating the very first one ever made, and it was a truly average wrap. Which makes it the best food served at the ‘Dome!


Flame beat Avalanche 1-0, Ortio with the shutout and Brodie injury update

25 Sep

Flames 1, Avalanche 0

The Flames defeated the Avs in preseason play for three reasons. Josh Jooris returned after a long absense to score the games only goal, Calgary’s young defence (all rookies + Ryan Wilson) and Joni Ortio had a 35-save shutout.

Ortio is going to make the goaltending situation intersting, as Calgary has three goalies on one-way contracts. I think that we’re going to see Hiller and Ortio to start the season, trading starts, until one gets hurt or starts to slip. If Ortio can get 30 games this season, I think everyone will be pleased.

T.J. Brodie

Brodie’s broken hand will have him out for 3-6 weeks, if the injury is what the Flames suspect. Although he hasn’t broken a bone before and because of that no one knows how long it’ll take to heal. We’ll have a better sence by the middle of next week.

Cuts at camp

There have been no cuts thus far, Calgary has an amazing 53 players still on the roster. Although Bob Hartley has stated that after three games in three nights, the cuts will be coming in bunches on Monday.

I’m looking forward to tonights game against Vancouver, because of last year’s playoffs the rivarly is back!

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Flames lose two to the Oilers in pre-season split-squad games

22 Sep

And just like that, the Calgary Flames slip to 0-2 in the pre-season.

I think that everyone agrees that pre-season records mean very little. I mean you can’t even find stats on players at this time of year. That said, it’s fun to have hockey back and to get a bit of a glipse into what the future looks like for the Flaming ‘C.’

Calgary 2 at Edmonton 4

Calgary was leading this game 2-1 heading into the third period, but gave up three unanswered goals in the final frame to drop the first game of the pre-season. Oliver Kylington and centre Markus Granlund scored for Calgary, while Connor McDavid has two assists in the Oiler win. Because I wasn’t there to witness the game, most of what I’m going from is the NHL’s recap of the game.

Edmonton 3 and Calgary 1

The Flames were tied at the second intermission, but like the game three hours north they gave up a couple late goals to drop the second game of the night. In Calgary, the Flames iced a seasoned NHL team, which included arguably the best starting line-up in the NHL: Hudler – Monahan – Gaudreau and Brodie – Girodano. In addition to these five, Hiller started in net (replaced later by Ortio) as well as Hamilton, Frolik, Stajan, Raymond, Ferland and Bennett all played.

So who stood out, you ask?

The top line of Monahan, Gaudreau and Hudler looked to be nearly game-ready, as you would expect. Giordano looked like he hadn’t missed a step, there was one shift where he blocked two shots within seconds of each other earning him a standing ovation — in a pre-season game no less! Frolik was all over the place, scoring a goal, drawing a penalty shot and recording six shots. Hamilton started out slow taking a couple penalties early on, but seemed to find his confidence in the later stages of the game. Bennett looked like he belongs in the NHL, and I think it’s pretty safe to say that he will be in the line-up Oct 7.

Ferland picked up where he left off in last-year’s playoffs, hitting guys left and right and chipping in with a shot or two. I also thought Poirier looked like he played quite strong and could have a shot at the team, but I’ve heard he’s been inconsistent throughout camp.

On the flip side, Hunter Smith (who?) was noticeable in that he gave up the puck repeatedly in his own end. For such a big guy he was soft on the puck all night, and unceremoniously left the game after being on the losing end of a fight with Darnell Nurse. Now at 6’ 4” and 205lbs Nurse is a big guy, but Smith is 6’ 7” and 208lbs. He’s a big dude. Sadly, Tyler Wotherspoon was unnoticeable. Some may argue that a stay-at-home defenseman should be, but it’s training camp and he’s going to need to show much more if he wants to become the Flames 7th d-man.

I need more time to watch guys like Kulak and Nakladal. At times I was impressed with what they showed, but I didn’t get to see enough of either of them in order to share a reasonable opinion.

Next up, the Colorado Avalanche

The game on Thursday is not on television, but you can stream it live on Other than the two pre-season games against the Avs the remaining games are all televised. Is this a great country or what?

Also the first round of cuts should be released shortly, I’ll share those as soon as they are released. And if Hunter Smith isn’t on the list, then apparently one pre-season game isn’t enough to accurately judge a player.

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