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.

Episode 26 Playoff Preview Extravaganza

Hey Listeners! This week we spend a good chunk of the episode discussing the Flames return to the playoff against the Colorado Avalanche. We talk goalies, top lines, line up depth, and review the head-to-head games from this season.

Next we go through every other first round series and provide some stats, some head-to-head numbers, and our predictions for each and every match up.

Finally in overtime we talk a bit about the coach firings in Buffalo and Florida as well as the impending return of Coach Q.

Please enjoy and have a great time watching the playoffs!

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!

Episode 019

Welcome back listeners! Sorry for the delay on this week’s podcast.

First Period: We recap the Flames somewhat disappointing road swing from Tampa Bay to Miami to Pittsburgh as well as a solid home effort vs the Coyotes. We then discuss the Flames surging fourth line and the recent play of embattled goaltender Mike Smith.

Second Period: Back to trade deadline discussion. First we discuss the Oilers trading for Stolarz and bringing back Sam Gagner. Next we talk about some potential landing spots for the Ottawa 3 (Stone, Duchene, and Dzingel).

Third Period: We talk about the Wildcard races in the East and West, the incredible St. Louis Blues recent run, and the Carolina Hurricanes (those jerks).

OT: Lastly, we try something new with overtime this week and pick our powerplay dream line up. Give it a listen and let us know if you agree/disagree or what your picks would be.

Happy listening!

Episode 015

Hey listeners! This week our co-hosts discuss a solid week of hockey for the Flames. With a loss in overtime to the Sabres followed by wins over the Red Wings and Oilers, the Flames are in good shape on top of the Western Conference. We talk about Sam Bennett and Derek Ryan as well as the second powerplay unit.

In the second period we discuss some of the trades that have happened around the league. The Ducks have been making moves trying save the season, the Wild bizarrely traded a pretty good forward in Niederreiter for a struggling forward they hope will become pretty good again in Rask, and the Oilers have players hit the waiver wire and sign their new starter in a bit of a head-shaker.

The third period this week will be another team profile, this time: the New York Islanders. The Isles are the surprise team of the league this season after their franchise player left to star in Toronto. They found a good coaching staff and find themselves the current Metro Division leaders. We take a look at the now and the near future for the Islanders.

Overtime: In the wake of the Koskinen signing in Edmonton, we discuss David Rittich and what sort of contract he might be looking at as a Restricted Free Agent with arbitration rights.

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