Flames Lose Seventh in a Row

And just like that the fairy-tale season for the Calgary Flames is done. Sure, there’s still hope they can run .500 from here on in and maybe squeak in, but without any form of offensive scoring you can kiss that hope goodbye. No matter how hard I tried, making fun of all the overnight bloggers turned statisticians who called the Flames regression, it seems as though at this point in time they’re right. Yes, the Calgary Flames needed to average out, that’s for sure. Yes, they may have been at one point one of the hottest and highest scoring teams in the league, but all that is for not. The tune people are starting to sing is one of, “well in rebuild terms this is only year 2 so we’re not that bad.” Yea, that’s true, but nobody wants ‘not that bad’, if you can play at a playoff clip, then at least string together some wins.

Playoff teams may not win 6 in a row, but they sure don’t lose seven in a row. The Flames have done just that and without any end in sight it’s unlikely they’ll be able to right the ship. Of course, I’m willing to be wrong, and no, this still isn’t a regression, but let’s face it: nobody loses seven in a row unless they’re the Edmonton Oilers.

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No Regression. Flames Drop Third in Row: Calgary 3 – Buffalo 4

It’s always going to be close, but close isn’t good enough when all you need is W’s. What separates playoff teams from the rest is how you deal with adversity, particularly preventing multiple losses. Three in a row isn’t a mark of a playoff bound team. But before the stat hacks claim ‘regression’ in full force, take note of one clear thing–they’re still scoring.

The Flames will have to come down to Earth closer to their average, but with all the intangibles (and no stat hacks, ‘the bounces’ are not an excuse to explain success), they shouldn’t drop into the Western Conference basement. This is particularly notable when it’s the leading players contributing (or not) to losses.

Post-game thoughts:

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Josh Jooris Hat-Trick: Calgary 5 – Arizona 2

Getting the most bang for your buck, that’s what the Calgary Flames are doing this season, second in the league currently for points divided by total salary. It helps when rookies like Josh Jooris are scoring and helping the team to victories. He makes the league minimum for entry level contracts and is a RFA at the end of the season.

Josh Jorris, never known as a prolific scorer and was undrafted to boot, recorded his first career hat-trick in his first NHL season as a Flame. He lead the team to their third victory in a row as the Calgary Flames continue to keep pace with the Pacific Division rivals.

Key highlights of tonight’s game:

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Should the Calgary Flames Get Public Money for a New Arena? Survey Says? No.

The talk around a potential new arena to replace the fabled Saddledome has picked up in recent weeks. The Flames brass lead by Ken King and Brian Burke, are of course starting to get the PR wheels churning in support of City and Province to pony up support for a new NHL arena.

Calgary has among the oldest NHL rinks in the league, yet boasts among the highest consistent attendance. The question of whether this private enterprise (The Calgary Flames group) should receive any form of public dollar support to build their team a new arena is hotly debated.

Here’s a summary from a recent discussion on Facebook between fans on the issue.

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Shut out for Ramo: Flames 2 – SJ 0

Calgary is a solid 6-0-1 after a loss and continue to beat teams that are bigger and more skilled. With reinforcements on the way, the Flames played their second of three games on the road rolling through California and Arizona on Saturday. With the win tonight Calgary keeps up with the leaders in the Pacific division and makes the hint of playoffs all that more real.

Here are some post-game thoughts:

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Flames Fall Again in Anaheim 3-2

How long has it been since the FLames have won in Anaheim? 9 years? Something like that. Calgary needs to find a way to play their third periods in the first two, or at least improve period 1 because they routinely fall behind.

No game review, just copy and paste from tonight’s tweets. You can follow us @flamesstamps.


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Go Stamps, Gaudreau Hilarity

I’ve rewatched this video probably 20 times. Hilarious!

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You can put it in the win column! Flames 4 – Anaheim 3 (SO)

So much to talk about with this game so let’s jump in.

Prior to the contest bloggers around town were using their inept stats skills to predict the eventual demise of the Flames season. Yes, I would agree they can’t keep the same level they’ve been playing at, but they aren’t as bad as desperate stats hacks would have us believe. Proof? The win column.

The evening began with a celebration for legendary play-by-play announcer Peter Maher. He left off with a ‘Yahh baby!’ for the crowd and a request that the team continue to put points on the board. They didn’t disappoint, but it didn’t start off as planned.

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Calgary 4 – Ottawa 2

Another win to make it two in a row for the Flames, and their second in a row at home. Nobody really knows how long this win streak will last for the club, but we’ll take it while it lasts. The reason why you can’t bank on consistency just yet is because every night another game star emerges. But behind the 3rd or 4th line contributions the defensive pairing of TJ Brodie and Giordano remain unchanged, and for the latter, his play leads the league for defencemen, and near the top for total points as well.

Mark Giordano is the real deal, if he keeps it up he wins the Norris hands down. The real deal, and with a leading pairing like the Flames have, well, you have one of 3 pieces to a championship team.

Some post-game thoughts:

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