About Last Night #2: Flames ride three PP goals to victory in home opener

Sean Monahan, Matthew Tkachuk, and Elias Lindholm celebrate after Lindholm scored the game-winning goal against Vancouver Canucks

It was a doozy at the 'Dome. The Calgary Flames, reeling after their uninspiring opening day loss to the Vancouver Canucks just three nights prior, hosted the same Canucks for a rematch last night. Travis Hamonic, out with a facial fracture after fighting Erik Gudbranson for a late hit on rookie Dillon Dube just eight…

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Calgary Flames over/under prediction results

Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames celebrates a goal in the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Game one is in the books, and already some pre-season bets are looking great while others are looking like early disasters. Prior to puck drop last night, TWC ran a voluntary questionnaire polling hockey fans about their predictions on the Calgary Flames this season. The entries have been compiled and the results tabulated, and there…

About Last Night #1: Death, taxes, and the Flames losing the season opener

Elias Pettersson watches the puck come out of the net after scoring past goalie Mike Smith

Hockey is finally back! The Calgary Flames opened the 2018-19 season on the road in Vancouver last night to face the Canucks. The Flames entered the contest looking to put an end to the longest active losing streak in season openers in the NHL at 0-7-1. Dillon Dube and Juuso Valimaki were playing in their…

Changing of the guard: Small skill reigning tall in the new NHL

Johnny Gaudreau and Brad Marchand pose for a picture at the All Star Game in Columbus

The NHL has a longstanding reputation of being a tough league. Players were always lauded for their size, grit and toughness. A set of grinders was seen as an essential part of every team’s lineup, despite their ability to actually play the game of hockey. If they generated a fight, that was a roster spot…

About This Morning: O.R.G. NHL China Game #2

In their second overseas contest in the ORG NHL China Games, The Calgary Flames fell to the Boston Bruins 3-1 this morning. Playing in the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, the Flames will make the long journey back to Calgary with bonds and memories that will hopefully help them start the season on a high note.…

What will the Flames’ opening night roster look like?

#isitoctoberyet? Well, not quite. But it’s right around the corner. In just 22 days, the puck will drop in Toronto to start the 2018-19 NHL season. It’s been a long summer but our patience will soon be handsomely rewarded with what should be a great hockey season. This might not be the time of the…

How much will this Flames’ season be dictated by Mike Smith?

Goaltending is an enigma. It's the one position that seems to defy logic and predictability, and yet is the most important position in the game. Goalies can literally steal a game for their team one night and on another, practically gift the win to their opponent. Finding a true number one goalie is incredibly difficult…

The Flames should move Dougie Hamilton to the wing

One of the biggest issues that has plagued the Calgary Flames for the better part of two seasons is the absence of a capable right winger to play with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan on the first line. The right side has been an organizational weakness for several years, and efforts to fill this particular…

About Last Night #77: Flames lose to Kings, season turning into royal disaster

In what once looked like it would be one of the most critical games in the season, the Calgary Flames dropped a 3-0 decision to the Los Angeles Kings last night. Because of the monumental collapse of the local hockey heroes over the last few weeks, this game was utterly meaningless. Mike Smith looked decent…

About Last Night #75: Anaheim Ducks up the Flames’ playoff hopes

It isn't even accurate to describe last night's game as a "must win". The Calgary Flames not only needed to beat the Anaheim Ducks, but also probably also bribe the NHL to award them more than two points for the victory. Sadly for the Flames, they fell to the Ducks in unspectacular fashion, 4-0. A…