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On the Jason Zucker trade that almost was

March 1, 2019 - 1:37 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The Calgary Flames only made one trade on deadline day, acquiring 27-year-old blueliner Oscar Fantenberg from Los Angeles in exchange for a 4th round pick in 2020. They reportedly came close to pulling off a much bigger trade, though. No, not for Mark Stone. F...

Wild 4, Flames 2: Poor showing from Smith proves costly

March 3, 2019 - 12:56 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell A few thoughts on Calgary vs Minnesota: 1) Minnesota did grow into the game as it progressed but Calgary was pretty clearly the better side. They absolutely dominated in the 1st period and controlled a lot of the play throughout. At 5v5, the Flames out-atte...

G66 Calgary Flames vs Toronto Maple Leafs: Five things to watch

March 4, 2019 - 12:33 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Toronto Maple Leafs: 1. Fighting fire with fire Toronto has two legitimate top lines. With Zach Hyman, John Tavares, and Mitch Marner on the ice, the Leafs average 69 attempts and 36 chances per 6...

Maple Leafs 6, Flames 2: Five observations from a somewhat deceiving loss

March 5, 2019 - 12:02 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Toronto: 1. The score is deceiving A lot of observers use games like last night's as measuring sticks to gauge just how ready a team is to contend. Players and coaches do too. That's why, on first glance, a 6-2 loss on hom...

G67 Calgary Flames @ Vegas Golden Knights: Five things to watch

March 6, 2019 - 11:55 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Vegas Golden Knights: 1. A heavyweight fight You always want to be playing your best hockey down the stretch and head into the playoffs on a high. Both teams are doing that right now. After a few w...

Losing streak reaches three as Flames fall to Golden Knights

March 7, 2019 - 10:49 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Vegas: 1. The Flames started strong, then faded Following consecutive losses, in which they were outscored by six on aggregate, the expectation was the Flames would come out strong. They did. Be it neutral zone play, forec...

Losing streak extends to four as Flames get blanked by Coyotes

March 8, 2019 - 1:08 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Arizona: 1. The Flames were fine I know the team's fourth consecutive loss will cause concern for some. So will scoring two or less for the fifth time in a row, and seventh time in eight games overall. But let's be realisti...

G69 Calgary Flames vs Vegas Golden Knights: Five things to watch

March 10, 2019 - 11:54 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Vegas Golden Knights: 1. A different animal Vegas was already a good team. With Mark Stone, they're really, really good. Small sample size, I know, but they're 6-0-0 since the big trade. They have rem...

Dominant showing from 3M line leads Flames past Golden Knights

March 11, 2019 - 10:55 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Vegas: 1. Matthew Tkachuk broke through In my preview, I referenced Matthew Tkachuk's soaring scoring chance rate and suggested a breakout performance could come sooner than later. Did it ever. Tkachuk stole the show nettin...

Flames 9, Devils 4: Top line comes alive in decisive victory

March 13, 2019 - 10:52 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs New Jersey: 1. A much-needed get right game The Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Elias Lindholm line has not played up to par over the last month and change. Their production was way down, they posted some of the worst unde...

Where should James Neal play when he returns?

March 14, 2019 - 12:22 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Beyond choosing a starting goaltender for the playoffs (I think it should be David Rittich, but that's a story for another day), perhaps the biggest decision Bill Peters has looming is what to do with James Neal when he's healthy and ready to return to the lineup...

G72 Calgary Flames @ Winnipeg Jets: Five things to watch

March 16, 2019 - 12:31 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Winnipeg Jets: 1. A surprisingly big 5v5 edge The Jets have a very impressive record. Their underlying numbers? Not so much, especially over the last few months. Since the turn of the calendar, they h...

G73 Calgary Flames vs Columbus Blue Jackets: Five things to watch

March 19, 2019 - 11:47 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Columbus Blue Jackets: 1. Dynamic snipers There are nine players in the NHL averaging more than 17 shot attempts and a goal scored per 60 minutes of 5v5 play. Nine. This game features two of them, and...

Rittich, opportunistic scoring help Flames in key win over Blue Jackets

March 20, 2019 - 10:46 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Columbus: 1. An underwhelming performance The Flames were taking on a talented, desperate Blue Jackets team, and they were doing so without a few important pieces in Sean Monahan, Sam Bennett and, to a lesser extent, James...

G74 Calgary Flames vs Ottawa Senators: Five things to watch

March 21, 2019 - 1:09 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Ottawa Senators: 1. A massive 5v5 advantage Staying out of the box has been a struggle for the Flames at times. If they avoid taking a handful of minors in this game, it should not be close because th...

Tkachuk, 4th line lead the way as Flames take care of business vs Senators

March 22, 2019 - 11:51 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Ottawa: 1. The Flames took care of business When a contending team in a division title race hosts a tired, bad team with little incentive to get a result, you expect a very decisive victory. That's what we saw from the Flam...