Can you believe we’ve been doing this for 60 episodes?  On this show we talk about an article from Hockey’s Future about how deep the Flames system is right now.  We’ll break down the season so far after 20 games, and talk about Peter Maher night, as well as recapping the last week and looking ahead to the tough week ahead for the Flames.

After a devastating loss to the Hurricanes Dan and Matt run down the Flames 5 game road swing and how the team looked over the last 10 days away from home.  We’ll also discuss Sven Baertschi and if the Flames should keep him past this season, plus a look at the Adirondack Flames and more.

First Period

The Flames came out wanting to take an early lead. Hudler, Jooris and Gaudreau almost scored in the first 30 seconds, if not for Niemi making several good desperation saves, it would’ve been 1-0. Play settled down after the early flurry of chances, although Byron did have a good chance just before the five minute mark. Gaudreau’s line continued to be the most dangerous line for either team throughout the period, however, none of their chances hit the mark. Brandon Bollig took a roughing penalty with just over 2 minutes to go in the first. The Sharks dominated the first minute of the power play, but the Flames were able to block shots and Ramo made a couple nice saves. Brent Burns took an interference penalty on the power play, which ended that. Calgary closed out the period strong and will start the second on their first abbreviated man advantage.

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Setoguchi is heading to Adirondack if he clears waivers. Knight was sent down for the time being as Jones was taken off the IR. I am assuming Knight and Setoguchi will swap spots in the morning.

Also, Mikael Backlund will be out for another two months after having surgery for his abdominal muscle injury.

From the Honda Centre last night to the HP Pavilion tonight, the Calgary Flames are back in action once more, this time to face the San Jose Sharks. The comeback kids almost were successful again against the Ducks, if not for a disallowed goal they would’ve tied it again in the last minute. Unable to shirk to the curse against Anaheim, the flames will try to rebound and get off to a better start. In each of the last four contests, the flames have trailed by at least two goals at some point in the game. That is not exactly a recipe for success over the long-term, despite winning two of those contests and nearly drawing even in the others. San Jose has struggled of late, only winning three of their last 10 games. San Jose has not exactly been themselves this season, and are unusually inconsistent thus far. The sharks may in fact be beginning the process of rebuilding their team. They are in a somewhat similar position that the Flames were in during the 2012 season.

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First Period

It has been so long since our last win in Anaheim that two of the stars in that game are now our assistant coach and assistant GM. Michael Ferland had an early chance on an open net but it was deflected into the netting. It was a slow start again for the Flames, with the Ducks driving possession for the first five minutes. Eventually the Flames running around in their own zone came to bite them when Matt Beleskey was able to bank one in off Kris Russell. Beleskey nearly added his second when he fired one off the post three minutes after he scored his first one. Johnny Gaudreau did his best to stem the tide and generated a few scoring chances, but none of the chances translated into a goal. Kris Russell and Ryan Kesler fought late in the period, which ended in a draw. That seemed to inspire the Flames as they controlled the remainder of the period. The Flames were rewarded with a late power play after Mark Giordano was dumped in front of the net and will start the second with the man advantage.

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The Calgary Flames head out on a short three game road trip. They start with a back to back in California before heading to Arizona to face the Coyotes. First up is a trip to the Honda Centre in Anaheim, where Flames aspirations for victory go to die. The last time Calgary won in Anaheim was January 19, 2004 and prior to that was January 13, 1999. Only one victory in 15 years against a conference opponent is unheard of in the modern NHL. We will see if stealing their starting goaltender will improve things. Jonas Hiller is expected to face his former club this evening for the second time in a week. He was able to do some celebratory hopping after defeating them in a comeback shootout victory on Peter Maher night. The Flames have been comeback kids of late, winning a pair of games on the homestand in similar fashion. Their most recent 3rd period comeback came at the expense of the Devils, scoring twice in the last couple minutes to force it to OT before finishing it in a shootout. For me, this game is more significant than it normally would be because of the supposed curse. If the Flames are able to collect two points this evening, it would show that this team is different from previous iterations of the Calgary Flames and can win even in arenas where they haven’t been lucky.

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First Period

The Flames got off to a fast start, firing five pucks at Clemmensen, but found themselves down early when Adam Henrique snapped one past Ramo just before the five minute mark of the opening period. It was a good snipe by Henrique, finding the smallest sliver of the net from his shooting angle. The Devils extended their lead to two nothing on a Mike Cammalleri patented one timer goal. Despite trailing, the Flames were the better team in the opening 20 minutes, they just could not solve Scott Clemmensen. With how the two teams played in the first, the score could’ve easily been reversed. The only difference was the quality of the goaltending, with the Devils having a strong start from their netminder, while Ramo struggled.

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The Calgary Flames have been one of the most surprising teams in the early part of the 2014 – 2015 season. Posting an 12-6-2 record in their first 20 games, the Flames find themselves sitting sixth overall in the NHL in points, tied with Vancouver for second in the Pacific division. Considering the Flames are only a year and a half into a full tear down rebuild, those results are both shocking, but also appropriate for how they have played this season. Calgary has only been significantly outplayed three times this season, winning one of those games. Some media experts have pegged the reason for Calgary’s early success is based off of their hard work rather than their skill. It is easy to determine which experts have not actually watched the Flames this season. The Flames sport the third highest goals for behind only Sidney Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins and Steven Stamkos’ Tampa Bay Lightning. Most of Calgary’s goals this season have been a result of some flashy skilled plays rather than dirty garbage goals that are scored within five feet of the net. That is a testament to both the quality and quality of the young prospects coming through the organization. To this point in the season, the Flames have been receiving excellent performances from not only the veteran players, but also from the rookies.

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The Calgary Flames finish off their five game home stand with a matchup against the New Jersey Devils. The Flames home winning streak was snapped on Thursday, when they fell to the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Despite losing the game, Calgary’s young forwards have continued their excellent play, giving one of the best teams in the league a run for their money. The Flames will look to get back on the saddle against one of the weakest teams in the Eastern conference and NHL. Despite having a slow start to the season, the Devils were able to shutout the Oilers 2-0 last night. New Jersey has struggled this season scoring, and currently resides 24th overall in goals for, while Calgary remains 3rd in scoring with 66 goals thus far. Mike Cammalleri makes his first appearance in Calgary after signing with the Devils in the offseason. He is a point off the team lead, a single point behind Jaromir Jagr. This is also the first time our resident New Jerseyan, Johnny Gaudreau, will face the team from his home state.

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First Period

The visiting club and got off to an electric start in the opening minutes of this game. TJ Brodie took an early penalty, which Chicago was able to capitalize on right before it expired. Adam Clendening scored his first career NHL goal off a point shot that found its way through an abundance of traffic in front of Hiller. Dan Carcillo extended the Hawks lead on a nice snapshot that went off the post and in. After the first seven minutes, not only were the Flames down 2-0 on the scoreboard but were also being outshot 8-0. After the Carcillo goal, the Flames settled their game down and started to outskate the other team. This caused Chicago to take several penalties in a row allowing for Paul Byron and Dennis Wideman to tally power play goals and tie the game before the intermission. Surprisingly, the Flames headed into the locker room only being outshot by one, 12-11.

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