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October 31 2014 07:00AM

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Halloween hacks, Henrik Sedin, Randy Carlyle, Jets fan etiquette, Oilers are hot, Flames tendies, and more in this week's Roundup.

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Bad News: Backlund on IR! Good News: Ferland Recalled

Ryan Pike
October 30 2014 04:20PM

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Things have gone from bad to worse for the Calgary Flames and their center depth.

Already missing Matt Stajan and Joe Colborne due to injury, and with useful winger Mason Raymond also out of the line-up, the club announced this afternoon that pivot Mikael Backlund is week-to-week with an abdominal injury.

AHLer Michael Ferland - a winger who's been just great at using his size thus far - has been recalled and is likely making his NHL debut tomorrow against Nashville.

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Everybody Loves Raymond: Cochrane Product Enjoying Life With Team He Grew Up Cheering For

Ryan Pike
October 30 2014 03:30PM

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There’s never a good time to be injured as an NHLer, but if there was, now would probably be it for Flames winger Mason Raymond.

He’s still in the midst of moving into a new Calgary home with wife Megan and two-and-a-half-year-old son Max. After spending much of early part of the season on the road, the 29-year-old Cochrane product is looking forward to getting settled off the ice after looking very comfortable on the ice with the Flames in the early part of the season before a shoulder injury temporarily put him on the shelf this week.

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Random Thoughts - The Good and Weird So Far

Kent Wilson
October 30 2014 01:00PM

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We're about an eigth of the way through the season and the picture is still pretty blurry, though a few things are starting to come into focus. The main thing being the fact Calgary probably isn't bad enough to finish first in the Connor McDavid race. I'll talk about that and Hartley's weird experiments, Sean Monahan's step forward, Mikael Backlund's usage and Johnny Gaudreau's development...

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Five things: Well well

Ryan Lambert
October 30 2014 10:03AM

1. It continues

Last week I talked about how the Flames' winning ways should remain upsetting to fans, and people largely did not want to hear it. Lots of talk about how this team was never bad enough to finish in the bottom five, and so on.

Well, the Flames have three points from their last three games (a humbling of the Hurricanes, a loss to the Capitals in which they looked overwhelmed, and a shootout loss really deserved to get more against a suddenly bumbling Montreal side). The Flames remain in the playoff hunt as a consequence: tied for a wild card spot with 12 points from 11 games, but technically sixth in the West as it stands. Which, if you'd prefer the team win, has to be considered a good thing.

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