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 29 – As It Happens In Round Two

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.

Enjoy the show!

Episode 28 Part 2 The Playoffs March On

In part 2 of this week’s podcast we return to talking about the rest of the NHL. We review the many surprising outcomes of Round 1, including some pretty terrible predictions by our hosts.

Then we move on to Round 2, which has been great viewing so far. We make some predictions on where things will go from here (you may want to place your bets opposite to ours) and talk about the series’ so far.

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!