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It's time to rest

April 1, 2019 - 11:04 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell What a turn around. Just a year after missing the playoffs entirely, the Calgary Flames have won the Pacific Division, Western Conference, and clinched home ice until *at least* the Stanley Cup Final – should they get there. And the Flames did all that in...

Flames don't miss a beat in blowout win over Kings

April 2, 2019 - 11:06 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The Calgary Flames have already clinched top spot in the Pacific Division and Western Conference. They really aren't playing for much down the stretch and their lineup in Los Angeles reflected as much. In the latter half of a road back-to-back, Bill Peters sm...

Starting Mike Smith in the playoffs would be a mistake

April 4, 2019 - 11:08 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The big question surrounding the Calgary Flames: which goaltender will get the nod come playoff time? If the past week is any indication, it appears Bill Peters has made his choice – and I think it's the wrong one. Mike Smith started, and sucked, in Sunday's...

Colorado it is

April 7, 2019 - 11:22 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The Calgary Flames just concluded the best regular season imaginable. Fresh off a disappointing year in which they missed the playoffs by 11 points, the Flames completely flipped the script under new head coach Bill Peters. The Flames finished 2nd in wins...

Five keys to the Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche series

April 8, 2019 - 12:04 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The Western Conference-winning Calgary Flames will take on the Colorado Avalanche in the 1st round of this year's playoffs. While the Flames enter as favorites – rightfully so – I don't think this series will be a walk in the park. Let's take a closer look...

2019 NHL Western Conference playoff predictions: Round 1

April 9, 2019 - 11:21 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Here are my predictions for the Western Conference matchups in the opening round of the 2019 playoffs: Series: Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche Prediction: Flames in six. The Flames were one of the better 5v5 teams all season long and somehow they're...

On power play shooting and Calgary's 3rd line

April 10, 2019 - 11:26 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell 1) One thing I like to look at prior to a playoff series – especially one with teams that take and draw a lot of penalties – is power play data. In particular, the percentage of shots and chances each player accounts for. It helps give you an idea of how a te...

G1 Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche: The real work begins

April 11, 2019 - 10:58 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Colorado Avalanche: 1. Keeping it even The Flames are the better team at 5v5, and by no small margin. They controlled 53.83% of the attempts and 53.14% of the expected goals while the Avalanche came i...

Flames 4, Avalanche 0: Five observations from an impressive opening win

April 12, 2019 - 10:47 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Game 1 of Calgary vs Colorado: 1. 3M was exceptional I thought Matthew Tkachuk, Mikael Backlund, and Michael Frolik were the best trio on the ice last night. It wasn't particularly close. Tasked with slowing down Nathan MacKinnon...

G2 Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche: Take command

April 13, 2019 - 11:45 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Colorado Avalanche in Game 2: 1. Defending the slot Mike Smith played very well in the opening game. He made some flashy glove saves and stopped every shot that came his way. His performance has garne...

Avs 3, Flames 2: Five observations from a concerning loss

April 14, 2019 - 11:50 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Game 2 of Calgary vs Colorado: 1. The Flames were steamrolled at 5v5 Calgary getting the better of Colorado at 5v5 in this series – perhaps significantly – seemed like a reasonably safe assumption. On the year, the Flames posted m...

G3 Calgary Flames @ Colorado Avalanche: Time to wake up

April 15, 2019 - 1:40 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3: 1. Waking up the top line Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and Elias Lindholm combined for just two high-danger chances (at 5v5) over the first two games. Two. Suffice to s...

Avalanche 6, Flames 2: MacKinnon continues to steal the show

April 16, 2019 - 10:48 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Game 3 of Calgary vs Colorado: 1. 5v5 struggles continued Remember when the Flames were steamrolled at 5v5 in Game 2? Well, it happened again. The Avalanche started like they were shot out of a cannon and were able to dictate the pace...

G4 Calgary Flames @ Colorado Avalanche: Answering the bell

April 17, 2019 - 1:47 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Colorado Avalanche in Game 4: 1. Slowing down Nathan MacKinnon The first three games served as a refresher as to why MacKinnon was able to seriously contend for the Hart Trophy just a season ago. He i...

Flames on the brink after another underwhelming showing vs the Avalanche

April 18, 2019 - 10:41 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five observations from Game 4 of Calgary vs Colorado: 1. Same story, different day The score indicates a close game with nothing really separating the two. That's not reality – at least it shouldn't have been. Once again, the Avalanche absolutely steamrol...

G5 Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche: Do or die

April 19, 2019 - 1:08 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Five things to watch when the Calgary Flames take on the Colorado Avalanche in Game 5: 1. Looking for a spark In an effort to try and get Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan going, Bill Peters has elected to put Sam Bennett – someone whose been full of energ...

Fire Extinguished

April 20, 2019 - 12:28 PM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Less than two weeks ago the Calgary Flames were putting the finishing touches on one of the most successful regular seasons in franchise history. Now? They're getting ready to clean out their lockers after being shocked by the Colorado Avalanche in just five g...

Mark Giordano rightfully named a finalist for the Norris Trophy

April 22, 2019 - 10:58 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The finalists for the 2018-19 Norris Trophy were recently announced and, to the surprise of nobody, Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano was one of them. His counterparts for the hardware: San Jose's Brent Burns, and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman. All three are...

Calgary Flames sign Alexander Yelesin

April 23, 2019 - 10:39 AM ET

Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The Calgary Flames look to have added yet another to their large pool of young defenders, signing 23-year-old Alexander Yelesin. That “mystery defenceman” is likely Alexander Yelesin, a right-shot from KHL Lokomotiv. The Flames were one of several teams pu...