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Op-Ed: Riley Cote talks about the Battle of Alberta

Op-Ed: Riley Cote talks about the Battle of Alberta

Old teammates, Milan Lucic and Zack Kassian facing off. | Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports FaceTime chat with former Philadelphia Flyers enforcer and how he thinks that the game of hockey has evolved. We couldn’t get a hold of Zac Rinaldo, so we have his former teammate Riley Cote chatting with M&G about his thoughts on the game of hockey —and specifically the last Battle of Alberta that took place on January the 11th at the Saddledome. There was huge media and fan outcry after the Flames won the game 4-3 on a PP goal. Zack Kassian was handed out multiple penalties — Calgary Flames...
Jan 27, 2020
Flames Top 25 Under 25 Mid-Year Re-Rank: Part 2

Flames Top 25 Under 25 Mid-Year Re-Rank: Part 2

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ A look at our current rankings Welcome to Part 2 of our series where we look back at last summer’s Top 25 Under 25 rankings and re-rank them. In Part 1 we evaluated the rankings from last summer and each player’s stats this year. You can read that here. For Part 2, we sat down and created new unofficial rankings based on how 2019-20 has gone to date. Here they are: 37. Mitchell Mattson ▼2 (35) Mattson couldn’t quite ever seem to translate his game from high school to the NCAA. 36. Rinat Valiev ▼6 (30) Brandon Davidson and the upcoming Yelesin...
Jan 27, 2020
Preview: Calgary Flames vs St. Louis Blues, 1/28/20 (51/82): After 10 Days Off The Flames Return To Action

Preview: Calgary Flames vs St. Louis Blues, 1/28/20 (51/82): After 10 Days Off The Flames Return To Action

Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via Here’s to hoping the Flames don’t come out flat after a good chunk of time off. Calgary Flames vs St. Louis Blues, 7:00 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB TV: ESPN+, SN - Radio: SN960 Calgary Flames 26-19-5 (57 pts) - St. Louis Blues 30-11-8 (68 Points) NHL Standings The Flames are back from the All Star Break and start a brief one game home stand with a visit from the St. Louis Blues. Calgary last took to the ice back on January 18th and delivered an absolute stinker of a loss, 5-2 to the lowly Ottawa Senators. Heading into the...
Jan 25, 2020
Flames Top 25 Under 25 Mid-Year Review: Part 1

Flames Top 25 Under 25 Mid-Year Review: Part 1

Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Reviewing our rankings from the summer Welcome to our mid-season review of this past summer’s annual Top 25 Under 25 rankings. For those who need a reminder, it’s a ranking of the Top 25 players under the age of 25 heading into the season. If you want to read some of the old articles from last summer, click here. In this first installation of the two part series, we will look back at the rankings from last summer and provide an update of how each player is faring this year. Part 2 will feature updated unofficial rankings based on how 2019-20 has gone....
Jan 24, 2020
Don’t Sell The Farm, Pa!

Don’t Sell The Farm, Pa!

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports Why It’s Good The Flames Skipped Out Taylor Hall, And A Few Others The tension. Sweaty brows. Quiet confidence. Sometimes, loud confidence. Hedging your bet or calling a bluff. In the game of poker, it’s called going “all in”; Mortgaging some of the now, and some of the future, because you truly believe what you hold in your hand is better than it might be later, and certainly better than what all your competition has now. In the game of hockey, at least on the managerial side, it typically refers to a team cutting some combination of...
Jan 24, 2020
The Tinderbox Ep. 19: It’s The Ask Us Anything Edition Of The Tinderbox

The Tinderbox Ep. 19: It’s The Ask Us Anything Edition Of The Tinderbox

We answer your Flames related questions on this episode of The Tinderbox. The Tinderbox This season we will be debuting the new look/sounding Tinderbox as part of SBN’s Podcast Nation. We will cover a variety of topics throughout the season and have different guests from our SBN Family when the Flames are playing a team in their respective areas. So pull up a chair by the fire place, put on your best robe and kick back and relax to the sounds of the Tinderbox! Don’t forget you can download this podcast at Spotify, iTunes, Google Podcasts and iHeart Radio. Episode 19: Hosted by Mark,...
Jan 21, 2020
Fan Satisfaction Poll: Week 16 Edition

Fan Satisfaction Poll: Week 16 Edition

Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Not the best week, but were you happy? Fan Satisfaction Poll Who doesn’t love a good poll? In addition to the weekly Fan Poll Friday, we’re debuting the Fan Satisfaction Poll at the end of each week. This just another way for you to voice your opinion on how YOU think the Flames are doing. So, are you satisfied? Vote in our poll below!
Jan 21, 2020
Calgary Flames Last Week’s Leftovers: Week 16

Calgary Flames Last Week’s Leftovers: Week 16

Photo by Claus Andersen/ Calgary headed into the All Star Break with a rather uneven week. Week 16 Flames Record: 26-19-5 (Home: 13-7-3, Road 13-12-2) (57 points) Standings: 3rd Pacific, 6th West (Full NHL Standings) Results 1/13: Calgary Flames 0 @ Montreal Canadiens 2 (L) 1/16: Calgary Flames 2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (SOW) 1/18: Calgary Flames 2 @ Ottawa Senators 5 (L) Week 16 Record: 1-2-0 Week 16 Home Record: 0-0-0 Week 16 Road Record: 1-2-0 Week 16 GF/GA: 4/8 Special Teams PP: 0-7 PK: 6-8 Leading Scorer Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Travis...
Jan 20, 2020
Heat Wave: Tough Divisional Losses End Winning Streak

Heat Wave: Tough Divisional Losses End Winning Streak

Stockton Heat Stockton drops 3 in a row to San Diego, Ontario, Colorado Record: 23-10-2-3 (.671%), 2nd Pacific Division, 3rd Western Conference Team Leaders: Goals Philp (15), Robinson (15), Phillips (14) Assists Gawdin (24), Quine (24), Leslie (19) Points Gawdin (36), Quine (33), Phillips (30) Goaltending Jon Gillies (10-6-3), 2.49 GAA .909 SV% Artyom Zagidulin (13-4-2), 3.12 GAA .897 SV% Summary The Heat finished off a strong weekend series against the San Jose Barracuda on Sunday afternoon. Already on a two game winning streak, including a shutout victory against the Barracuda...
Jan 19, 2020
The Morning After Ottawa: Jankowski Finally Arrives

The Morning After Ottawa: Jankowski Finally Arrives

Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Janko finally found the back of the net in Calgary’s 5-2 loss to Ottawa. The Morning After Calgary Flames 2 - Ottawa Senators 5 Recap - NHL Standings Tidbits -FINALLY!: At the 14:09 mark of the third period the heavens finally opened for Mark Jankowski. The Flames centre scored his first goal of the season, making it the first time he found the back of the net since game 82 of last season. -Slump Busters: The Flames fell to an Ottawa team that had lost their previous 9 games yesterday. This is the second time this season Calgary has...
Jan 18, 2020
Calgary Flames lose 5-2 to the Ottawa Senators

Calgary Flames lose 5-2 to the Ottawa Senators

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Bottom of the barrel takes the win leading up to the All-Star break, giving the Calgary Flames something to reflect on. Calgary Flames - Ottawa Senators Complete Stats Recap They looked so good on paper — Calgary Flames outshooting and outplaying the Ottawa Senators the entire game, but goals win games. Things started to unravel for the Flames on an own goal by Travis Hamonic in the 1st period — which was credited to Brady Tkachuk for his 15th goal of the season. The Sens would get a couple more goals on Flames goaltender David Rittch in the 2nd...
Jan 18, 2020
Staff Predictions: Calgary Flames @ Ottawa Senators & Lines

Staff Predictions: Calgary Flames @ Ottawa Senators & Lines

Trap game or absolute domination by the Flames? Staff Predictions Calgary Flames @ Ottawa Senators, 2 PM MT Preview Favorite: Calgary Line: -160 O/U: 6.0 Calgary @ Ottawa Senators: 8-10-3 Calgary vs Ottawa Senators Overall: 23-17-4 Calgary Flames vs Ottawa Senators 2019-20: 1-0-0 11/30: Calgary Flames 3 vs Ottawa Senators 1 Calgary Last 10: 7-3-0 Ottawa Last 10: 1-6-3 Predictions Mark: Calgary Flames 5 - Ottawa Senators 1 I don’t care who is in net for the Flames today, neither David Rittich or Cam Talbot should allow more than one goal. This Ottawa team is putrid and needs to be put down...
Jan 18, 2020
Preview: Calgary Flames @ Ottawa Senators (50/82): Sens Are Ripe For The Picking

Preview: Calgary Flames @ Ottawa Senators (50/82): Sens Are Ripe For The Picking

Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Calgary can send Ottawa to a 10th straight defeat today. Calgary Flames @ Ottawa Senators, 2:00 PM MT, Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata OT TV: SNW - Radio: SN960 Calgary Flames 26-18-5 (57 pts) - Ottawa Senators 16-23-8 (40 Points) NHL Standings Get a good look at your Calgary Flames because after today they are gone for 10 days. The Flames will wrap up a three game road trip in Ottawa to take on the slumping Senators before Calgary takes it’s mandatory All Star break. These games can become trap games as many players mentally check out with vacation on...
Jan 17, 2020
Mavericks: Back To The Basement

Mavericks: Back To The Basement

KC Drops Three Straight Games, Returns To Last Place When we last checked in with the Flames ECHL affiliate in Kansas City, their tough year had continued. They’d gone with five wins and four losses over their previous nine games, and while it was enough to bump them out of the seventh and last place spot in the Mountain Division, it was still a long road to climb. While they managed to rattle off a four game winning streak at the tail end, it might have given Mavericks fans hope that they were about to string a run together. However, things fell back to their .500-ish ways as KC...
Jan 17, 2020
Statistical Summarization — CGY @ TOR

Statistical Summarization — CGY @ TOR

Photo by Claus Andersen/ A good example of a game where you can maximize ones offensive chances despite having limited time with the puck. BSD appreciation post as well. David Rittich. I have to start with him. The Toronto Maple Leafs offence is absolutely dynamic and he stopped 26 saves @ 5v5. He only faced an expected Goals against of 1.67 at 5v5, and 2.45 in all situations, PK’s and OT included. The stat that jumps off the page (besides the W) is that Dave faced 8 High Danger chances at even strength and turned all of them aside. The Flames as a team didn’t get too much going, but...