Post-Game: Black and blue

Ryan Pike
October 22 2016 11:29PM

It was obvious heading into this week that tonight's homestand capper against the St. Louis Blues would be a tough match-up for the Calgary Flames. The Blues are good, deep and well-coached and the Flames have been struggling.

This one wasn't ugly, but it was definitely hard to watch. Despite a fairly strong goaltending performance by Chad Johnson, all the warts of the 2016-17 Flames were on full display during a 6-4 loss to the Blues.

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FGD 6: Into the deep end (8pm; SN360/1)

Ryan Pike
October 22 2016 12:00PM

Lads and ladies, welcome to the first scary-looking game on the Calgary Flames 2016-17 calendar.

The Flames (1-3-1) have yet to really play a rock-solid 60 minute of ice hockey this season. They've struggled on the power play and have given up several goals on their penalty kill, despite several tactical improvements. Their opponents tonight are the St. Louis Blues (3-1-1), who went to the third round of the playoffs last season and have allowed 10 fewer goals than the Flames in as many games. They're playing well and coming in at a time where the Flames are not.

The puck drops at 8 p.m. MT on Sportsnet 360 (and One), and on Sportsnet 960 The Fan. Be advised that due to construction and events in the vicinity of Stampede Park, the Flames are advising fans to head down early (or take transit) to avoid bottlenecks.

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Brian Elliott hasn't been as bad as his numbers indicate

Ryan Pike
October 21 2016 02:00PM

The Calgary Flames have not had a great start to their season. They have one victory and one shootout loss in five outings. What makes the season seem worse so far is that the much-ballyhooed acquisition of former St. Louis Blues starting goalie Brian Elliott hasn't really paid off yet.

That said, Elliott's numbers aren't quite as bad as they seem.

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Dillon Dube named to Team WHL for Canada/Russia Series

Ryan Pike
October 21 2016 10:00AM

He hasn't played a game yet this Western Hockey League season, but Calgary Flames prospect Dillon Dube has been named to Team WHL for the upcoming CIBC Canada/Russia Series.

Team WHL will play Team Russia on Nov. 7 in Prince George, BC and Nov. 8 in Edmonton, AB as part of a series of six games between the Canadian Hockey League and Russia.

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Hurricanes 4, Flames 2 post-game embers: RIP

Ari Yanover
October 21 2016 08:00AM

I have nothing against Deryk Engelland here, I just feel like I make this face a lot when I'm watching this team. Side eyes for days.

The only redeeming thing I think I can say about the Flames' fifth game of the season - one that saw their record turn into an unimpressive 1-3-1 - is that there were moments when the Flames just wouldn't let the Hurricanes get the puck out of the offensive zone. There were times throughout the night when they really battled to keep it in there.

Though nothing really came of any of those battles. And you just knew they had to fight so hard because it was a miracle they got into the offensive zone in the first place. Especially when they have an extra guy, for some reason.

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