The Weekly Ignition: November 18 2013

Ryan Pike
November 18 2013 11:15AM



The Calgary Flames have hit the quarter-pole of the 2013-14 NHL season, with 20 games complete and a lot of hockey left to go. In addition, we're experiencing the meat of the schedule in college and major junior hockey, while the Abbotsford Heat are in the midst of their longest road trip of the season.

All that and more in your Weekly Ignition!

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FGD: The Avengers

Ryan Pike
November 14 2013 12:40PM

Arguably Calgary's most one-sided loss of the year was October 24 in Dallas, featuring three goals against in 61 seconds in a game where the team looked pretty decent, then awful, then couldn't claw back. The Stars (9-7-2) make their first trek to Calgary this season, and the Flames (6-9-3) definitely have nightmarish visions of that awful second-period stretch in Dallas floating in their heads.

The Stars are on a bit of a roll, having won four of their last five and earning points in five of their last six games. The Flames are on the flip-side of that, having just one win and three points in their last seven games, and a 2-7-1 record in 10 games without captain Mark Giordano. The records suggest an outcome, but the Flames are definitely motivated to provide a different one.

The puck drops at 7pm on Sportsnet Flames, Fan 960 and all over the Twitters.

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FGD: Fishing With Dynamite

Ryan Pike
November 12 2013 12:52PM

After a road trip that netted just a single win, the Calgary Flames (6-9-2) return home to try to bolster their fairly-strong home record and creep back to .500 when they host the San Jose Sharks (10-2-5). The puck drops at 7pm MT on the Sportsnet media properties (I believe it's on Sportsnet West tonight).

The Flames have played just six of their 17 games this season at the Saddledome, which is good because they've produced seven points. The downside is they're still going to play some really strong teams, but for some reason, the Flames have been appreciably better at home over the past few seasons than on the road. (Last year, they were awful on the road.)

After losing three straight on the road, and putting up just two points in their last six games, the Flames need some wins. They'll be facing a similarly desperate San Jose club, who haven't won a game in their last five (they're 0-1-4) and probably view this game as the proverbial slump-buster. The two clubs met in San Jose on October 19, where the Sharks skated away with a 6-3 win (that was closer than the score appeared).

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The Weekly Ignition: November 11 2013

Ryan Pike
November 11 2013 11:16AM



First off, everyone here at FlamesNation hopes that you all have an excellent Remembrance Day (or Veteran's Day for our American pals). As is the tradition, there was an awful lot of ice hockey played over the past three days as it was a long weekend throughout North America.

Let's get ready for the upcoming week of hockey with a look around at what transpired in the past seven days.

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Post-Game: Digging A Hole Against The Avs

Ryan Pike
November 08 2013 10:21PM

(photo courtesy of Mark Anderson/

With just one win to show for their road trip, the Flames headed into the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado on Friday night to renew acquaintances with the Colorado Avalanche, arguably hockey's hottest team. After making a trade to bolster their blueline, the Flames hit the ice to prove that the team has what it takes to beat good teams on the road.

Despite dominating play over the second and third periods, they learned a lesson about slow starts on the road.

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