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?
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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, 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.
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 we really focus in on the Stanley Cup Final and discuss how the series is going. Currently at 2-2, it is still anyone’s series. The health of the Boston Bruins is becoming an issue, particularly with Zdeno Chara going down with what has been reported in some places as a broken jaw.
We talk about the top performers on the Blues such as Ryan O’Reilly, Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Tarasenko.
Finally, we move on to some news and notes around the league including the impending UFA decision by Erik Karlsson and the Oilers hiring a new coach who seems a lot like the last coach.