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.
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.
Brian Elliott's .839 SV% is last among 36 goalies who have played the equivalent of more than one game this year. Now comes the tough teams.— Darren Haynes (@DarrenWHaynes) October 21, 2016
That said, Elliott's numbers aren't quite as bad as they seem.
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.
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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October 21 2016 05:00AM
Auston Matthews could be best Leaf ever, Canucks long term goalie outlook, Jets coach could be first to go, Flames preparing for expansion draft, Oilers window is opening, Nail Yakupov, the Nation at the Heritage Classic, Q & A with Bernie Nichols, a week full of stars fighting and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.