Don't worry about Brian Elliott

Pat Steinberg
October 23 2016 10:00AM

The first impressions of Brian Elliott in a Calgary Flames uniform haven't been overly positive. With an 0-3 record and very unflattering totals thus far, some are wondering whether the Flames made the right call targeting Elliott as a solution to their goaltending issues. If you're in that camp, I'm here to ease your fears a little, because I think Elliott is going to be just fine.

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Blues 6, Flames 4 post-game embers: What else is there to say?

Ari Yanover
October 23 2016 08:00AM

In three of six games now, the Flames have scored four goals. They have won just one of those games, and the win came in overtime. They're averaging three goals a game, which is good for middle of the pack in the NHL right now. When you're scoring that often, you should have more than one win.

But they're also giving up 4.33 goals against per game. The only team that's doing worse? The Arizona Coyotes. (Coincidentally, the Coyotes are the only team lower than the Flames in the standings, too, though they've played two fewer games, so give it time.)

And it turns out that even Chad Johnson, in a good game, is vulnerable to it, too.

It's both everybody and nobody's fault. Though that kind of seems to be the theme this year, isn't it? It's the one thing that's been consistent so far.

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Post-Game: Black and blue

Ryan Pike
October 22 2016 11:29PM

It was obvious heading into this week that tonight's homestand capper against the St. Louis Blues would be a tough match-up for the Calgary Flames. The Blues are good, deep and well-coached and the Flames have been struggling.

This one wasn't ugly, but it was definitely hard to watch. Despite a fairly strong goaltending performance by Chad Johnson, all the warts of the 2016-17 Flames were on full display during a 6-4 loss to the Blues.

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FGD 6: Into the deep end (8pm; SN360/1)

Ryan Pike
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.

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Brian Elliott hasn't been as bad as his numbers indicate

Ryan Pike
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.

That said, Elliott's numbers aren't quite as bad as they seem.

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