In this week’s episode we break the season down into 7 game blocks, and look at how the Flames performed in each series (the results of which are below).  The Flames called up Poirier and Ferland and we’ll look at what we can expect from the two young players on this road trip.  Joni Ortio got injured so we’ll talk about how it will affect the Flames changes to trade Ramo, and we discuss the Curtis Glencross trade rumours, and other trade rumours a week before the Trade Deadline.

Start Date End Date Wins Losses Series Record to Date  Playoff Result
Oct 8, 2014 Oct 21, 2014 4 3 W 1-0 7 game series
Oct 23, 2014 Nov 6, 2014 4 3 W 2-0 6 game series
Nov 8, 2014 Nov 22, 2014 5 2 W 3-0 5 game series
Nov 25, 2014 Dec 9, 2014 5 2 W 4-0 5 game series
Dec 11, 2014 Dec 22, 2014 1 6 L 4-1 4 game series
Dec 27, 2014 Jan 10, 2015 4 3 W 5-1 7 game series
Jan 15, 2015 Jan 31, 2015 5 2 W 6-1 5 game series
Feb 1, 2015 Feb 16, 2015 5 2 W 7-1 6 game series

 

He will join the team in Philadelphia. This counts as one of the four recalls that the Flames have available to them. He will be a permanent member of the Calgary Flames as he will have to be placed on waivers to be sent down after playing in one more game.

The dreaded news came down today that the Captain is out for the remainder of the season. He will have surgery for a torn bicep, and will miss the remainder of the season. The recovery time for this surgery is 4-5 months.

 

This was a trade of necessity. By trading him now, the Flames were able to acquire a 2nd round pick. With him needing to pass through waivers next year, if he did not make the team he would have only garnered a 4th or 5th round pick much like when the Flames acquired Joe Colborne from Toronto. It is disappointing that it didn’t work out between Sven and the Flames but that is part of the problem when you have so much forward prospect depth. Some players are not going to be a fit and Calgary was able to recoup a solid asset in this case.

Not really surprising news, but the Captain will be out for at least a few more days with an injured forearm. It is yet to be determined how long he’ll be out, but he returned to Calgary from the road trip, so it is possible that he’ll be out for a couple weeks.

Calgary pulled the trigger sending the impending unrestricted free agent to the Washington Capitals for a pair of picks in the top 90 of this year’s entry draft. With the unlikeliness of the two sides coming to ink a contract extension before July 1st, it was necessary to get something for the veteran winger despite the Flames current position in the playoff race.

This year’s draft is deeper than last year’s so the Flames should be able to add five more quality players to the organization.

The Flames added the veteran blueliner off waivers. He spent seven years as a member of the Coyotes organization before moving to Dallas this season. Calgary will be the third team he will play for this year. He is more of a prototypical 7th defenseman. GM Brad Treliving would know him well after being a part of the same organization in Arizona.

First Period

The Islanders swarmed the Flames right off the bat. 38 seconds into the contest, New York already fired four shots at Karri Ramo. Following the opening flurry by the Islanders, Calgary responded with some offensive zone pressure of their own. John Tavares was called for slashing Lance Bouma 14 seconds prior to the four minute mark. Calgary had a lot of pressure on the power play, firing a handful of shots at Halak, but they could not open the scoring on the man advantage. Play settled down in the minutes following the power play, but Josh Jooris had the next good chance for either team. Curtis Glencross fed the puck across to Jooris who went in on a partial break and fired a difficult shot that Halak got enough of to knock it down. Sean Monahan was called for tripping five seconds after the halfway mark of the opening period. A series of defensive breakdowns in the Flames zone allowed Ryan Strome to score the first power play goal against Calgary in 13 games. Calgary had more than one opportunity to clear the puck just prior to the goal but were unable to get his stick on the puck, which allowed Tavares to find Strome in the slot and he fired it into the top corner. Michael Ferland collected a loose puck and skated in for a breakaway, but was hooked by Johnny Boychuk and was awarded a penalty shot. Unfortunately for Ferland, he was unable to beat Halak for his first NHL goal. TJ Brodie was sprung in the clear as the Flames continued to search for the equalizer, but he fired the puck over the net. Johnny Gaudreau was called for hooking Brock Nelson with three minutes remaining. Calgary was able to limit the Islanders chances on the man advantage, and reached the intermission trailing only by one.

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The Calgary Flames looked to close out the dreaded month of February with a winning record. They will be in tough tonight to accomplish that goal as they will be facing the upstart New York Islanders. The Islanders have already won 40 games this season, a feat only accomplished by their organization twice since 1993. New York last finished with 40 wins back in the 2006-07 season. On top of facing one of the NHL’s best teams, the Calgary Flames will likely be without Mark Giordano for this evening’s contest. In the closing minutes of the previous game against New Jersey, Giordano attempted to clear the puck but was interfered with on the follow through by one of the Devils player’s stick. He jammed his wrist on that play and it is unknown how severe the injury is and how long he may be out. One piece of good news on that front is that Tyler Wotherspoon has not been recalled by the Flames at the time of the writing of this article. That would require Giordano to automatically be on the IR for one week minimum in order to make room for the recalled player.

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First Period

The opening minutes of the game were largely uneventful with Calgary having more pressure in the Devils end. Curtis Glencross and Travis Zajac dropped the gloves five minutes in. Somewhat unusual combatants in the fight and there weren’t many punches thrown. Shortly after the fight, Rafael Diaz was called for high-sticking. The man advantage for New Jersey was not particularly dangerous and Calgary was able to kill it off. Both teams battled over the next few minutes for every inch of space on the ice, which did not allow for much room to create offensive chances. Johnny Gaudreau set up Jiri Hudler with a little less than seven minutes remaining in the first for a wide open chance on net but Jon Merrill blocked the shot before it could find the cage. Hudler was set up on a breakaway courtesy of Gaudreau with four minutes remaining. Hudler waited out Schneider and tried to fire it five hole, but the Devils’ goalie was able to close his legs in time to stop the puck. A minute later Mike Cammalleri opened the scoring for New Jersey. He collected a loose puck in the neutral zone and gave the puck to Jordan Tootoo for a breakaway, and Ruutu dropped it back to Cammalleri and he was able to find a hole in Karri Ramo to give the Devils the lead. With a minute and a half left in the first, Calgary went to the man advantage as Adam Larsson was called for tripping. The Flames were unable to score before the intermission so they will have an abbreviated 30 second power play to start the second period.

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