Playoffs 2020 Episode 1: The Road to Redemption

Welcome back Listeners… we hope!

The From the Point Podcast returns this week with a play-in round preview show.

In period 1 we will review the Flames training camp and exhibition game versus the Oilers. We’ll give our thoughts on positives, negatives, goaltending, and, of course, where Sam Bennett belongs in the line up.

In period 2 we talk about the other Western conference play-in round along with our predictions. We think you will enjoy the fact that neither of us picked the Canucks to advance.

In period 3 we do the same for the Eastern conference play in round. Nobody on this podcase is selecting the Montreal Canadiens to beat the much better Penguins, but take heart Habs fans, there are analytics out there favoring your squad apparently.

Lastly, in Overtime, we give our predictions for how the seeding will work out following the round robin of the top teams in each conference.

Please enjoy!

Episode 2-15 The Rollercoaster

Welcome back listeners!

In the first period we discuss a series of games in which the Flames looked listless and uninspired and then a couple where they looked formidable as they did at times last year. We talk about the injury to Giordano, the forward lines, and what the outlook for the near future is.

In the second period, we talk about the injury to Fredrik Anderson in Toronto and the move to bring in Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford from the LA Kings. The trade between Pittsburgh and Minnesota that sends Zucker to the Penguins is reviewed. We also talk about the Blue Jackets losing Norris contender Seth Jones for the foreseeable future and whether they will be able to overcome that. Finally we talk about the Darnell Nurse contract extension in Edmonton, a bit surprising being a two year deal.

In period 3 we take a very early look at the draft class of 2019. So far, the top picks Jack Hughes and Kappo Kakko have disappointed and there are not many other standouts. Will this be another 2012 draft where the top end fall way short of expectations?

Thank you so much for listening and let us know if you enjoyed the episode. Until next time!

Episode 2-13 And Now We Wait

Welcome back listeners!

Are you feeling bored without much NHL hockey and no Flames games to talk about? Give us a listen as we recap a really mediocre last week of games heading into the CBA mandated break and All-Star weekend. We talk about a distracted showing in Montreal, a good tilt with some great goaltending in the Big Smoke, and then a bizarre fiasco in Ottawa.

Of course, we have to weigh in on the Tkachuk vs. Kassian controversy. We welcome any feedback if you agree or disagree with our takes.

In the second period, we do an NHL round-up and talk coaching changes, the Columbus Blue Jackets, the All-Star games and much more!

In the third period (and let’s face it, also a bit in the first period – we can be a tough pair to keep focused sometimes) we talk about buyers and sellers among the Canadian teams. A lot of Northern teams are still in the mix so listen to our thoughts on which direction they will go and also which direction they should go.

Finally in Overtime we give the Calgary Flames forward, defence, and goaltending units a grade at the break.

Enjoy!

Episode 2-10 When You’re Hot, You’re Hot

Welcome back listeners!

This week in period one, we review an excellent week full of points and wins for the boys in Red. With wins against the Sabres, Kings, Avalanche, and Coyotes, they have forced themselves back into the race for the Pacific Division crown. We talk about the forward line blender and ponder about what difference Coach Ward has made.

In period two, we discuss the NHL’s attempt to assist with a culture shift within hockey. We complain about people who complain about things. Then we touch on the Detroit Red Wings who amazingly have not won a game in 12.

In the third period we talk about the future of the NHL participation in best on best international tournaments. A World Cup of Hockey in 2021 is out, but could we see the best play in the Olympics in 2022? We also disagree about gimmick teams like Team World and Team North America (Under 23 stars).

Finally in overtime, Andy is challenged to name the other five active players who join Milan Lucic as players with 200+ goals and 1000+ PIMs.

Enjoy and let us know what you think!