Episode 2-5

Welcome back listeners!

This week in the first period we discuss a big, disappointing week for the Flames who went 1-2-1. Games against Washington, Florida and Carolina are broken down as well as the Heritage Classic game against the Winnipeg Jets. We also talk about the Flames forward lines, which have been in a blender since Czarnik went down with an injury.

In period 2, we talk news and notes around the NHL. There have been a number of significant injuries and we are talking some of the elite players around the league as well as a major signing in Nashville.

Period 3 involves a closer look at two teams that NHL fans may be a bit surprised to see near the top of their divisions after the first bit of the season. Arizona sits in 3rd in the Pacific and are looking strong and the New York Islanders are carrying on from last year’s surprised season in the Metro Division.

Overtime – We give our thoughts on the suggestion by Jonathan Toews in The Athletic found here: https://theathletic.com/1331125/2019/10/29/introducing-the-toews-schedule-a-dramatically-reimagined-and-more-player-friendly-nhl-season/ ). Essentially, he suggests that to cut down on fatigue and carbon emissions, the NHL should change the schedule to be more like Major League Baseball and have teams stay in a city for a few days while on the road and play series, instead play one game, move on, and come back later in the year. We discuss the pros and cons.

Episode 25 Best in the West

Hello again listeners! This week we discuss the Flames winning 3 of 4 and CLINCHING 1ST IN THE WEST! Home ice until the finals (if all goes according to plan). There was a game against Dallas (and no more needs to be said), followed by a bounce back against the Ducks, a less huge than we thought but still very impressive win against the Sharks and a rout of the Kinds by the B Squad.

This is definitely a Flames heavy episode, but we take some time to talk about the Wildcard races. In the east, the Blue Jackets stumbled after a nice winning streak, the Habs are within striking distance but that tie-breaker looms large, and the Hurricanes keep holding steady. The West looks like it is more settled with the Stars clinching the first Wildcard slot and the Avalanche looking like they will outlast a scrappy Coyotes team.

Back to the Flames! We discuss the internal competition for the 6th defenseman to start the playoffs and weigh in on our preferences. Finally, in overtime we talk about a couple of our favorite games from this season.

Have a great week and Go Flames Go!