But for the team from Alberta, there’s a cool reason for why — other than the fact these red and yellow sweaters are some of the coolest in the NHL.These are the same jerseys the team wore 30 years ago in the 1988-89 season. Related News That was the last — and only — time the Flames won a Stanley Cup.Calgary Flames jerseys tonight are 🔥🔥🔥. Sabres need to take note… pic.twitter.com/6y6dxCU6Yd— Wiscoy Headwaters (@The_Headwaters) April 12, 2019During that season the Flames finished with a 54-17-9 record, accumulating 117 points on the year.The Flames’ 107 points this season is the most the team has had since that year. So Calgary is doing all they can to bring about as much juju from that year as possible.The players are even doing their best to channel the facial hair of that season as forward Sam Bennett is rocking the Lanny McDonald mustache and looking pretty good with it in fact.Sam Bennett looking like a boss #flames pic.twitter.com/aqrF88MZqt— Danny Austin (@DannyAustin_9) April 11, 2019The Flames received a tough draw in the first round by catching one of the hottest teams in the NHL via the Avalanche, but Calgary has home-ice advantage and one of the best lines in the league with Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm. So it can counter Colorado’s best which was one of the highest scoring units in the league. NHL playoffs 2019: Jets’ Mark Scheifele levels Blues goalie Jordan Binnington during first shift The Flames did something a little bit different for the first game of their playoff series with the Avalanche on Thursday.Calgary came out in their third alternate jerseys which are a fan favorite, but a bit of a surprise as teams don’t wear alternates all that often in postseason games, especially in openers.
EL SEGUNDO — Lonzo Ball’s debut as a Laker was entirely forgettable. The prized rookie arrived at the Las Vegas Summer League with massive expectations and promptly clanked 13 shots, including 10 3-point attempts. Ball’s father, LaVar, called it his “worst game ever.”What came next was the most important lesson Ball learned in Las Vegas, where the Lakers will play a preseason game against Sacramento on Sunday.“Once you play a game forget about it and move on,” Ball said. “In college you get a week. You can sit up, sit back and watch film and stuff. But the NBA it’s a quick turnaround.”Ball obviously recovered just fine. He averaged 16.3 points over the six games he played, leading the field in assists (9.3 per game), and was crowned Summer League MVP en route to a Lakers tournament championship. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I just went out there and played the game I know how to play,” Ball said. “Started slow, finished strong. That’s all there was to it.”The No. 2 overall pick in June’s draft, Ball was a limited participant in Lakers practice on Friday. He is still recovering from the sprained left ankle he suffered in Monday’s loss to Denver. The mild injury kept him out of an exhibition game Wednesday in Ontario, and could prevent him for playing Sunday.“I’ll make the trip,” Ball said, “but whether I’ll play or not it’s too tough to tell.”On Friday, Ball “went over some plays” but was held out of the five-on-five portions of the practice.“Just being out there with my team,” Ball said. “Showing them I’m still here for them. Regardless of whether I play Sunday or not, I’m going to be here.” Coach Luke Walton said Ball would have played Wednesday had the regular season already begun, but given that it’s still the exhibition season there is no reason to rush him back.“We would love to have him out there obviously,” Walton said. “But … if he is not ready to go then he won’t play.”For Walton, watching Ball at summer league proved “he is capable of doing it at this level.”It didn’t matter that the rosters were populated mostly by rookies and a lot of players who will never make it to the NBA.“He makes the gym exciting to be in,” Walton said. “I was just observing out there and kind of evaluating. When he is playing basketball it is fun to sit there and watch. That is what he is going to bring to our team.”In two preseason games before spraining his ankle, Ball averaged 6.5 points, 6 assists and 4.5 rebounds.Forward Brandon Ingram, who missed Wednesday’s game with a bruised head, was a full participant on Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday.NUMBERS AS NEWSIt was only a few years ago that the Lakers were viewed as well behind the curve in the analytics movement. That has certainly changed, and on Friday the team announced a new director of basketball analytics.A Harvard graduate, Jason Rosenfeld previously had the same title working in the league office, where he developed new statistics – like hustle plays – to better evaluate players.In May, Rosenfeld’s predecessor, Yuju Lee, resigned from the position rather than accept a demotion, according to an ESPN report. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error