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 35 – Post Draft Day

Welcome back listeners!

In this week’s episode we return to our three period format.

1st Period: We discuss the Flames performance on draft day. They made 4 picks, including 4 forwards and a goalie. We give our thoughts on the picks and the rumours that were floating around regarding the Flames goaltending options.

2nd Period: We talk about other teams and what they did at the Draft including Carolina, Colorado, and Anaheim. Next we talk about some of the big trades that went down during draft weekend including Subban and Marleau changing addresses.

3rd Period: Lastly we round up more rumours from around the league as well as trades that have taken place following the Stanley Cup Final.

We hope you enjoy it!

Episode 34 – Singing the Blues in Beantown

Hey listeners! The season has come to a close and an NHL Stanley Cup Champion has been determined. Congratulations to the St. Louis Blues who played one of the most unpredictable and remarkable seasons in ages. Last place in January to first place in June!

We recorded this episode hot on the heels of game 7, so we obviously had a lot to say about the Stanley Cup Final. We break down the series, the game, and talk about the Conn Smythe Trophy.

In our next segment, we revisit the NHL awards nominees and give our final picks for the winners. This was a really fun episode to record and we hope you enjoy it.

Til next time.

Episode 32 – The Stanley Cup Finals Begin as the World Hockey Champions Come to an End

Hey Listeners! This week we break down the World Men’s Hockey Championship. Finland beat Canada 3-1 in a frustrating gold medal final, while Russia won what I think was probably a disappointing bronze given the quality of the roster they brought to the tournament.

We talk about the performance of Flames players and complain about the Oilers as is our way.

We also talk about game 1 of the SCF, which the Bruins were able to win to gain a 1-0 series lead. Boston started slow after their long break, but once they got in gear they were easily the better team. The battle is already raging with a ton of physical play and after the whistle scrums.

Enjoy the episode and thanks for listening!

Episode 31 – And then there were two…

Hello Listeners! We are back with another playoff episode. We take some time to review the Bruins-Hurricanes sweep, talk a little bit about Tuukka Rask, and the Bruins top line. We also reflect on the Hurricanes season and their outlook going forward.

Next we talk about the Sharks-Blues series. There was the outrageous hand pass leading to an OT goal, but that seemed to turn things around for the Blues who took over the series after that point.

Finally, we talk about the Stanley Cup Final matchup and make our predictions for who is going to win it all.

We hope you enjoy it and thank you for listening!

Episode 28 Part 1 – The End of the Beginning

Hello listeners! We are back after a bit of a layoff. Apologies for the extended absence. Unfortunately, our plan to pick back up and follow the Flames after our vacations was upended by the unceremonious defeat of the Flames at the hands of the Avalanche.

We are back now for a post-mortem. The regular season was certainly a success, but there are questions to discuss about the make up of this team after a very disappointing showing in the playoffs.

We talk about the season, the playoffs, and the future. Lots to dig into, so please enjoy!

Episode 27 Round One So Far

Hey Listeners, welcome to the playoffs!

As usual, the first period consists of a review of the Flames week. Down 2-1 in the series to a very strong looking Avalanche team, we discuss what has gone and what has gone right so far for the Flames. We have some praise for Mike Smith, some criticism of the first line, and some strong feelings on the performances of Brodie and Neal so far.

In the second period we discuss the four series in the Eastern conference. Tampa’s in trouble (thanks in part to Matt Duchene who host Jim has always praised and knew he would be great in the playoffs), the Islanders are rolling, the Hurricanes make a stand on home turf for the first time in a decade, and the Leafs and Bruins series has been the battle we were all hoping for.

We return to the Western conference in the third period. Winnipeg has come back to life against the Blues and at least one of our hosts think they will take it. The Knights and Sharks are having a great series which we hope will go to seven games (for a few reasons). Lastly, the Predators and Stars are in a closer battle than we were expecting.

In overtime, we discuss the hiring of Alain Vignault in Philly, a mysterious injury to Lucic, McDavid’s recovery, and finally some respect is given to a player who has risen above expectations in the playoffs so far.