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G41 Calgary Flames @ Detroit Red Wings: Five things to watch

January 2, 2019 - 12:24 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Detroit Red Wings: 1. A dream matchup The Red Wings have won 15 times in 41 tries. They are horrible. When you face a team like that, there are a lot of spots to take advantage. The most obvious is on...

Bruins 6, Flames 4: Smith's struggles continue in Boston

January 4, 2019 - 12:50 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Boston: 1. Mike Smith is cooked I think we've reached the point of no return with Smith. After another poor performance in Boston, Smith's save percentage now sits at .886 on the year. Goaltending has been worse across the...

Flames 3, Flyers 2: Rittich holds down the fort in return to the crease

January 6, 2019 - 12:20 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Philadelphia: 1. The offense really struggled I don't know if it was the early start on the East Coast, sound positional play from the Flyers, or a combination of the two, but the Flames simply didn't have it offensively in...

G44 Calgary Flames @ Chicago Blackhawks: Five things to watch

January 7, 2019 - 11:07 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Chicago Blackhawks: 1. Bleeding chances The Flames have not been as prolific offensively of late. Over the last 10 games, they rank 20th in shot attempts/60 and 15th in chances/60 at 5v5. That's a far...

Flames rebound offensively in win over Blackhawks

January 8, 2019 - 12:34 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Chicago: 1. The offense bounced-back The Flames were simply not themselves on Saturday afternoon. In a game against a struggling Flyers team that went to extra time, they still only mustered up 18 chances. That matched a se...

G45 Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche: Five things to watch

January 9, 2019 - 12:44 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Colorado Avalanche: 1. CGY2 vs COL1 The key to this game is undoubtedly slowing down Colorado's dynamic top line. Easier said than done, I know. The Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantan...

Rittich, Flames steal two points from Avalanche

January 10, 2019 - 11:38 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Colorado: 1. Flames were vastly outplayed They did not bring their 'A' game to the table. Hell, they didn't even bring their 'B' or 'C' game. They were not very good. It didn't start that way – the Flames were pretty quic...

G46 Calgary Flames vs Florida Panthers: Five things to watch

January 11, 2019 - 1:34 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Florida Panthers: 1. Line matching Bill Peters somewhat loosely matched lines vs Colorado1. This led to a handful of shifts where Johnny Gaudreau's line went toe-to-toe with perhaps the league's best...

Flames stars overwhelm Coyotes in blowout win

January 14, 2019 - 12:06 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Arizona: 1. The Flames were stout defensively Arizona is not a great offensive team at the best of times. With Nick Schmaltz, Christian Dvorak and Michael Grabner, among others, out of the lineup, generating chances on a co...

On an opportunity to gain separation and Neal's scoring woes

January 15, 2019 - 12:11 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell 1) The Calgary Flames are firing on all cylinders right now. They have won seven of their last eight games and out-scored the opposition by 14 on aggregate during that stretch. The lone defeat came against Boston in a game the Flames won the chance battle by 15....

G48 Calgary Flames vs Buffalo Sabres: Five things to watch

January 16, 2019 - 11:32 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Buffalo Sabres: 1. 3M vs BUF1 Matthew Tkachuk, Mikael Backlund, and Michael Frolik have played suffocating defensive hockey this season. They've always been a spectacular two-way line but they're reac...

Rare off night from Rittich proves costly as Flames fall to Sabres in OT

January 17, 2019 - 10:56 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Buffalo: 1. It was a rare letdown for David Rittich He started the game very strongly. The Flames surprisingly spent a lot of the 1st period on their heels at 5v5 (they were out-chanced 10-3). They gave Jack Eichel a mini-b...

G49 Calgary Flames vs Detroit Red Wings: Five things to watch

January 18, 2019 - 1:08 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Detroit Red Wings: 1. An underrated top line On paper Tyler Bertuzzi, Dylan Larkin, and Gustav Nyquist don't make up the scariest trio. They've punched well above their weight class thus far, though....

Flames extend point streak to eight games with win over Oilers

January 20, 2019 - 12:38 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Edmonton 1. The Flames dominated early In the latter half of a road back-to-back against a desperate rival, I figured the Flames would be on their heels early while the Oilers put their best foot forward. The Flames didn't...