Defending Mikael Backlund

Kent Wilson
December 16 2011 11:09AM

 

Seems like there's a bit of a groundswell in support of the idea of sitting Mikael Backlund for a few games. Points haven't been coming for the 22-year old center since his return and his rough second period last night probably lends credence to the notion.

I contend Mikael has been mostly excellent since he was re-activated, however.

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Flames Scoring Chances - Game 31 versus Tampa Bay Lightning

Kent Wilson
December 15 2011 08:23PM

 

 

Final score: 5-4 OTL

Final Summary

Corsi

Head-to-head ice

Face-offs

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Game 31 - Flames vs. Lightning Live Chat

Kent Wilson
December 15 2011 04:51PM

It's been a much tougher second season for neophyte GM Steve Yzerman. I thought he made a lot of good bets in his first summer in Tampa Bay, but this off-season was mostly spent grappling with Stamkos' contract extension and bleeding away some of the better, middle-tier pieces he had the year before. Bergenheim left, Gagne left and Mike Smith is suddenly a capable starter in the PHX.

Throw in the recent St. Louis injury, Roloson finally playing his age and Lecavalier proving to be grossly overpaid and you have a bit of a mess. The Bolts deph up front is limited and no one on the club is a proven ES performer in terms of possession.

Stamkos is a dangerous sniper and is a guy to look out for on the PP, but he's not a player who can play at both ends with aplomb yet. The Flames have a good chance at vicotry tonight if they can play mostly at ES and keep the kid off the scoreboard.

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Flames Scoring Chances - Game 30 vs Nashville Predators

Kent Wilson
December 13 2011 08:44PM

 

 

 

Final Score: 2-1L

Final Summary

Corsi

Head-to-head ice time

Face-offs

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Game 30 - Flames vs Preds Live Chat

Kent Wilson
December 13 2011 05:05PM

There's no mystery with the opponent tonight -  the Predators are one of the lowest scoring teams at ES in the league, but they can do some damage with the man advantage. Avoid the PK and keep things at 5on5 and the Flames should be fine.

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