A Brief History of Bennett and McDavid

Ryan Pike
October 17 2015 05:00PM

Tonight's a historic night, in that the highest-selected Calgary Flames pick in history, Sam Bennett, faces off against childhood friend and 2015 first overall pick Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers.

The dynamic duo grew up together back in Ontario.

Tonight's contest will be the fourth time the two players have faced off on a major stage.

Here's a look at their previous three meetings.

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Pondering An All-Alberta Team

Ryan Pike
October 17 2015 03:09PM

The Battle of Alberta has been waged for decades, which each team vying for provincial supremacy. Each side thinks their team and their players are superior. But in this era of expansion, what would happen if Gary Bettman decided that a pair of Alberta teams was too many and told the management teams from Calgary and Edmonton to contract their rosters into one squad?

How would we blend the two Alberta teams together to form a hockey club with four lines, three defensive pairings and three goalies, based upon who's healthy for each side right now? (Sorry Flames fans, no Brodie...)

Here's what I came up with. Your mileage may vary.

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FGD #5: Home Ice Advantage - The Battle of Alberta

Ryan Pike
October 17 2015 01:00PM

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Tonight, live from the Scotiabank Saddledome, it's the 225th meeting between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers in franchise history! (And the 221st meeting ever between Calgary and Edmonton!)

The Flames are 1-3-0 after a good start and a flat finish in Winnipeg, while the Connor McDavid Era has begun with zero wins through four games in Edmonton. Rather than a clash of titans, tonight is a game between two teams scrambling to right their ships as the season lumbers on - with a combined record of 1-7-0.

Regardless, it's an interesting game and a pretty important one for both sides. It goes at 8pm MT on CBC (with Paul Romanuk and Mike Johnson) and on Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias).

For a look from the other side, head on over to check out OilersNation's preview!

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Post-Game: I Hate Winnipeg

Ryan Pike
October 16 2015 09:57PM

Teams don't win too many games where they get out-shot. Teams don't win too many games where they don't play a full 60 minutes. Teams don't win too many games where they give up bad goals, especially when the games are low-scoring.

These factors collided tonight in the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, as the Calgary Flames had a good first period and then drifted. A solid game from the Jets and an ugly goal against Karri Ramo late spelled the third Flames loss of the season, as they drop to 1-3-0 on the season after a disappointing 3-1 loss in Winnipeg.

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Is The KHL Wrong For Rushan Rafikov?

Ryan Pike
October 16 2015 04:00PM

One of the most interesting prospects in the Calgary Flames system, to me, is Rushan Rafikov. He was originally drafted by the organization in the seventh (and final) round of the 2013 NHL Draft. Since being selected in that draft, he's only come over to North America a couple of times for tournaments and is the only prospect in the organization yet to attend any kind of Flames camp.

He has instead been developed in the Russian system, most recently signing a two-year contract with the other team that drafted him, the KHL's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.. I'm not sure that was a great decision on his part.

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