FGD #19: A Tale of Two Cities (8pm MT; CBC)

Ryan Pike
November 15 2014 12:00PM

Tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome, the Calgary Flames (10-6-2) host the visiting Ottawa Senators (8-4-4).

The Senators are a very similar team to Calgary right now. They have strong goaltending (from Craig Anderson) and a well-constructed team, anchored by some strong players on their back end (notably Norris contender and former winner Erik Karlsson). They're coming off an overtime win in Edmonton that saw them gain a 3-0 lead, nearly blow it entirely, and then win in overtime.

Calgary? Replace "Craig Anderson" with "Jonas Hiller" and "Erik Karlsson" with "T.J. Brodie and Mark Giordano" and they're basically the same. Heck, both teams seem to really enjoy beating the Oilers in Edmonton to the point that the home side gets booed off the ice.

It should be quite the battle at the 'Dome tonight. Puck drops at 8pm MT on CBC and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. Per Sportsnet, Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson and Glenn Healy have the TV call.

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News and Notes - November 14 2014

Ryan Pike
November 14 2014 09:39AM

The Flames are practicing today after a win last night against the Phoenix Arizona Coyotes. With 10 wins under their belts, the team probably feels pretty good. And it's Friday, so let's do a quick round-up of what's happening Flames-wise, and then we can all just clock out early, okay?

Let's roll!

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Post-Game: Taming the Coyotes

Ryan Pike
November 13 2014 10:13PM

Last season, the Calgary Flames got off to a nice start. Then Mark Giordano got hurt, the team became rudderless and plummeted, and even their impressive run at the end of the season couldn't get them back into contention for anything.

This season? So far, so good.

The Flames bounced back from a disappointing game in Carolina and skated to a 5-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes. It gives the Flames their 10th win of the season and a 10-6-2 record after 18 games. It took them 27 games to win 10 last year, so they're off to an excellent start.

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FGD #18: Hosting the (Arizona) Coyotes

Ryan Pike
November 13 2014 12:00PM

The Calgary Flames are back in town after seemingly forever, following a lengthy five-game road trip that took them to the far, far southeastern tip of the NHL map. They went 3-2-0 and sit with a 9-6-2 record after 17 games. In theory, they could go on a losing streak and still be at .500 after 20 games. After 20 games last year, they were deep underwater - albeit because of some really bad injuries to key guys like Mark Giordano.

Kicking off their five-game homestand is a visit from the Arizona Coyotes, tonight at the 'Dome (7pm MT; Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan). And this homestand finally begins the Flames sojourn into the non-Canadian portion of the Pacific Division.

We'll have a better idea of what this group is after the homestand (and this month) are complete.

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Flames Fancy Stats Through 17 Games

Ryan Pike
November 12 2014 09:30AM

We're 17 games (or just over 20%) into the Calgary Flames schedule, so it's time for another check-in regarding how the club's players are doing in all areas fancy stats.

We have a mix of stuff we're tallying ourselves (scoring chances and zone entries), and stuff we're putting from data collected by the fine folks at War on Ice and Hockey Analysis.

Except for zone entries, all stats refer to even-strength numbers, and we're limiting things to players who have played 10+ games due to sample size concerns.

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