FGD: Next Stop ... Pens Station

Byron Bader
December 21 2013 08:46AM

 


-via Caylin Nieto

 

 A day and a half removed from a tough OT loss against the Detroit Red Wings, the Calgary Flames (13-16-6) will face-off against the star-studded Penguins of Pittsburgh (26-10-1) in an early afternoon affair.

The Penguins are Kate Upton hot right now.  They have won six straight games and are 9-1-0 in their last ten games. Their recent run has catapulted them into 3rd place and they are now nipping at the heels of Chicago and Anaheim for 1st place overall. Impressively, they have positioned themselves among the league's best  despite superstars James Neal, Kris Letang and Eugene Malkin all having missed significant time this season.

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How Does Size Relate to Winning and Offense in the NHL?

Byron Bader
December 18 2013 12:56PM

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis (26) during the third period of a NHL game in Boston on April 25th, 2013.  The Bruins beat the Lightning 2-0.(Photo: Brian Fluharty)

-piv via insidehockey

Since Brian Burke has taken over and emphasized a need to get bigger, the Flames fan base has mixed reviews on whether or not they are on board with this notion.  With this in mind and after a recent request from FN reader Matthew Kutarna, we're going to have a look at size as it relates to impact players.

Kent talked at great length about  the issue of "getting bigger" yesterday.  A sticking point of the article is that teams should not be getting bigger for the sake of getting bigger. Rather, teams should be  focused on getting skilled rather than bigger and not the other way around.  If the skill comes with size that's an obvious double threat that any fan would welcome with open arms.  

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POST-GAME: BASEMENT BATTLE

Byron Bader
December 14 2013 03:37PM

 

Basement Rec Area

 

 -Thanks to Retro ReDesign for the pic

In this outrageously early afternoon affair, we saw the 30th placed Sabres host the 26th placed Flames.  The game between these two juggernauts was as you might expect ... mediocre with very little highlight reel plays. Until the third period anyways. In the end, the Flames came out victorious, in overtime, over the Sabres.

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FGD: NEW BEGINNINGS

Byron Bader
December 12 2013 01:29PM

 

 

- stick tap to @Notbaertschi for grabbing this beauty.

The Flames are two days removed from an emotional game against the Bruins on Tuesday, that saw the return of Jarome Iginla to the Saddledome for the first time since he was traded last Spring. After the emotions settled after a raucous ovation to start things off, the Bruins eventually got their game going in the 3rd period, beating the Flames 2-1.

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POST-GAME: GIO-GANTIC RETURN

Byron Bader
December 04 2013 11:47PM

 

 

The Flames returned to the dome after a brief road trip to California that saw them go 1 and 1. They won Saturday against LA in a tight checking affair and came into tonight with high hopes of winning their second straight game, a feat they haven't reached for nearly two months.  

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