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.
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.
This week in period one, our co-hosts discuss all things Flames including a strange road trip with a decent record, a blowout loss, a win when they should have lost and a loss when they should have won. Oh… and also the coach resigned as a result of past sins and that might just lead to a culture change in hockey.
In the second period we talk about the Montreal Canadiens’ recent slide. Their big money goalie is looking all too human right now and we question if this is a repeat of Claude Julien’s end in Boston. Then we talk about some of the fantastic offensive campaigns that we are seeing from some of the games biggest stars.
In the third period we make some mid-season predictions on the Calder, Norris, Vezina, Rocket Richard and Hart trophies. Some of the picks may surprise you if you haven’t been following the league all that closely and some picks will be John Carlsson for the Norris.
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.
Welcome back listeners! Another week of playoff hockey has taken place and there is a lot to talk about. In this episode, we discuss all of the series in round two, some free agents who have now completed their contracts, and we give our thoughts on the Eastern Conference Final which we now know will feature the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes.
We also tackle the coaching hires in Philadelphia -three head coaches on one bench?- along with some executive movement involving the Detroit Red Wings and the Edmonton Oilers.