November 17 2013 09:49AM
It was the Clash of the Cretins last night as both Alberta teams entered the last night sitting 14th and 15th in the Western Conference. The Flames got off to a decent start in October and raised hopes that perhaps the rebuild wasn't going to be as long or as painful as initially feared, but that outburst was short-lived. The Oilers, in contrast, were meant to finally take a step forward this season and start actually contending for something after seven years of wandering the desert, but instead have found themselves in the familiar position of being the league's punching bag.
So, aside from pride and the Springfield-Shelbyville rivalry, the stakes were pretty low.
November 16 2013 03:30PM
Originally, this was going to be a sob piece.
Man, was it ever going to be beautiful. Our cities' respective teams are both, in a word, repugnant. Flawed management persists, coaches play favourites, people still buy tickets and no one wins. There's so many reasons why fans of these two teams are alike.
But then I thought that wallowing in sadness wasn't really in the spirit of the Battle of Alberta.
November 15 2013 08:39AM
It wasn’t long ago Mike Cammalleri wasn’t even able to grip a stick.
Now nearly everything that touches it seems to be finding the back of the net. After sitting out the first seven games of the regular season with a hand injury that also kept him sidelined through for most of the exhibition schedule, Cammalleri has been the team’s most consistent goal scorer.
November 14 2013 09:55PM
No, the above picture isn't from the recent Flames loss to Dallas, but it might as well have been.
Tonight the reeling Flames were looking to break out of...
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.