Andrew Mangiapane deserves to stay in the NHL

The Calgary Flames have found surprising success in the sixth round of the NHL draft. Last year they selected Mathias Emilio Pettersen who is tearing up the USHL, in 2017 they took D'Artagnan Joly who put up 68 points in 55 games in his draft+1 year, and in 2016 they drafted Matthew Phillips who broke…

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About Last Night #31: Flames’ win streak ends with shutout loss to Oilers

Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames takes a sharp angle shot on Mikko Koskinen of the Edmonton Oilers. December 9, 2018.

The Calgary Flames woke up yesterday morning atop the Pacific Division and the Western Conference. They were on a five game winning streak and despite a difficult schedule and set to play their third game in four nights, had a chance to rise to second overall in the NHL with a win over their rival…

About Last Night #30: Flames win fifth straight to claim top spot in the West

  It was a night of firsts for the Calgary Flames, looking to extend their winning streak last night against the Nashville Predators. The Flames and Predators sat first in their respective divisions heading into the game, and the the outcome would determine which team would claim top spot in the Western Conference. Mike Smith…

About Last Night #27: Flames hang on to defeat Blackhawks on the road

The Calgary Flames opened up a short two-game road trip last night at the United Center to face the Chicago Blackhawks. The Flames won the previous meeting between the two teams, and looked to win the season series with a second win. Also on the table: a return to the top of the Pacific Division…

About Last Night #24: Flames dominate Coyotes to regain top spot in Pacific

After suffering their first shutout loss against the Vegas Golden Knights, the Calgary Flames looked to bounce back against the struggling Arizona Coyotes yesterday afternoon in Glendale. Mike Smith returned to the Flames' crease after David Rittich had started the previous four games, and it was a critical game for him to show the Flames…

TWC Calgary Flames Player Rankings: Quarter 1

The Calgary Flames wrapped up the first quarter of the 2018-19 season with an thrilling win over their rival Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night. It was a game that seemed to right the Flames ship, marking a bounceback win after dropping three of their previous four contests. It's been a wild ride so far, and…

About Last Night #20: Tkachuk and Rittich lead Flames to thrilling victory against Oilers

The first edition of the Battle of Alberta between the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers this season did not disappoint. It was mean. It was nasty. And boy, was it fun. With David Rittich in net, the Flames were looking to rebound from a bad stretch where they had lost three of their last four…

Mike Smith is worse than his record suggests

Mike Smith of the Calgary Flames makes a save while Sean Monahan defends against Niklas Backstrom.

It would be hard to argue that the goaltender isn't the most important position in hockey. No other player has the ability to singlehandedly alter the outcome of a game, for better or for worse. With an elite netminder, even the most mediocre of teams can end up in the win column. With a bad…

About Last Night #18: Flames fall to San Jose, referees

With a nail-biter win against the Los Angeles Kings the night before, the Calgary Flames looked to close out their first California road trip with a winning record. Facing the surging San Jose Sharks, it was a tough task for the Flames who opted to insert Michael Stone into the lineup in favour of Rasmus…

About Last Night #17: Big Save Dave shuts out Kings

After suffering a streak-ending loss to the Anaheim Ducks a few nights ago, the Calgary Flames continued their California road trip in the Staples Center last night against the Los Angeles Kings. With David Rittich tending the net, the Flames looked to get back into the win column against a Kings team that has struggled…