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On Dube heading to Stockton, choosing Stone over MacDonald, and more

October 1, 2019 - 1:40 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell A few thoughts on some of the moves the Calgary Flames made to trim the roster down to 23: 1) I’ll start with Dillon Dube because he is the most impactful player involved in the cuts, especially when looking at the long-term outlook. I think sending him to S...

G1 Calgary Flames @ Colorado Avalanche: Meaningful hockey is back!

October 3, 2019 - 12:49 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Tonight the Calgary Flames open their season the same way last ended: with a date against the Colorado Avalanche. Here are five things to watch in the season opener: 1. Sam Bennett’s offense Sam Bennett worked with skills coach Darryl Belfry in the sum...

Avalanche 5, Flames 3: Calgary a mixed bag in opening night loss

October 4, 2019 - 11:57 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Colorado: 1. More of the same The Avalanche’s speed was a big time problem in the playoffs. Not just at the pace they played at with the puck, but their aggressiveness and ability to close without it. That was the case ag...

Flames 3, Canucks 0: Five takeaways from a stingy defensive showing

October 6, 2019 - 10:33 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Vancouver: 1. The Flames’ defense was stingy I thought they played an excellent defensive game from start to finish. Much like Colorado opening night, the Flames did a nice job of getting on top of breakouts and smotherin...

G3 Calgary Flames vs Los Angeles Kings: Tkachuk, Doughty go at it again

October 8, 2019 - 11:05 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Here are five things to watch when the Calgary Flames play host to the Los Angeles Kings: 1. Matthew Tkachuk vs Drew Doughty Tkachuk goes out of his way to target stars at the best of times. He loves it. He lives for it, especially when he gets a reaction....

Kings 4, Flames 3: Tkachuk vs Doughty lives up to the hype

October 9, 2019 - 10:51 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Los Angeles: 1. The Flames didn’t start on time For the second time in three games the Flames got off to the worst start imaginable. Opening night they didn’t show up and were out-chanced 16-5 in the 1st period. That wa...

G4 Calgary Flames @ Dallas Stars: Low-event hockey

October 10, 2019 - 11:59 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Here are five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Dallas Stars: 1. A pace down spot The Stars played very slow last year and, unsurprisingly, that’s continued to be the case this season. I know it’s early but they are currently playing a...

Flames 3, Stars 2: Rittich steals the show, and two points, in Dallas

October 11, 2019 - 12:43 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Dallas: 1. David Rittich was exceptional I thought he was the best player on the ice from start to finish. It might not have been close. He was so locked in and made an abundance of ridiculously good stops look easy. Be it...

G6 Calgary Flames @ San Jose Sharks: Cam Talbot debuts

October 13, 2019 - 12:07 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Here are five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the San Jose Sharks: 1. The fatigue effect It’s early in the season so there’s little wear and tear or injuries to worry about. At least relative to what we see in the spring when seemingly h...

G7 Calgary Flames vs Philadelphia Flyers: Time to rebound

October 15, 2019 - 12:14 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Here are five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Philadelphia Flyers: 1. Matchup game The biggest question, at least for me, heading into this game: who do you match 3M against? I’m not sure there is an obvious answer. The Claude Girou...

Flames 3, Flyers 1: Starting on time helps!

October 16, 2019 - 11:01 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Philadelphia: 1. It’s a miracle I officially believe in miracles because I saw one last night. The Flames – get this! – started the hockey game on time. Crazy, right? They didn’t look sloppy and disengaged like we...

Flames 5, Red Wings 1: Bottom-6 steps up in a big way

October 18, 2019 - 11:35 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Detroit: 1. Role players stepped up Remember a few days ago when I made the point Calgary had gotten zero (0) goals at 5v5 from bottom-6ers? Andrew Mangiapane snapped that skid against Philadelphia and the flood gates opene...

Cam Talbot, Calgary Flames steal two points in Anaheim

October 21, 2019 - 9:59 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell A few thoughts on Calgary's bounce-back win over Anaheim: 1) The Flames were playing in a 2-in-2, 3-in-4, 4-in-6, 6-in-9 situation on the road against a rested team. It was as tough of a schedule spot as you could possibly draw up. They were never going to fi...

G11 Calgary Flames vs Washington Capitals: Hathaway returns!

October 22, 2019 - 11:43 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Here are five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Washington Capitals: 1. A stiff test at 5v5 The Capitals have long been a team that played opponents ~even in terms of shots and chances at 5v5 but relied on superior shooting talent – and...

Capitals 5, Flames 3: Back to (NHL) .500

October 23, 2019 - 10:41 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Calgary vs Washington: 1. Cam Talbot was a mixed bag I was a little surprised to see Talbot get the nod in goal last night. I know he was terrific in Anaheim but David Rittich has mostly been great and, well, usually when your starter...