September 18 2016 11:00AM
I am fortunate enough to be in Penticton this weekend, so I will be providing some scouting notes for the games I am able to attend. Last night I was in the building for the Flames' 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers hopefuls.
Overall I thought the Calgary kids carried the balance of play at even strength and probably could have won the game but for a few key mistakes and questionable performances. Here are my thoughts on some of the individual performances from last night.
September 18 2016 09:00AM
Well that was something. The Flames dropped an overtime odd one to the rival Shelbyville Oilers last night by the score of 4-3. Here's what the fancy stats had to say about last night's effort.
September 17 2016 11:39PM
September hockey is weird. Players are trying to get their bearings and are desperate to not screw up too badly in a prospect camp. The best-case scenario is impressing enough to create momentum as they head towards main camp. The worst-case scenario is embarrassment or injury.
The Flames were all over the place in the second game of the 2016 Young Stars Classic. They played well. They played poorly. They got great goaltending. They got bad goaltending. They drew penalties with strong efforts. They took dumb penalties in a sloppy manner.
Playing an Oilers team that was missing Jesse Puljujarvi – and dressing largely the line-up that beat Winnipeg on Friday night – the Flames lost 4-3 in overtime.
September 17 2016 10:03PM
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It's opening day at the World Cup of Hockey, and all the gloom, doom, debates, and debacles have been thrown out the window. Whether this oddball event makes any sense is irrelevant; all that matters is that the puck is on the ice, and so are the world's best.
"World's best" is a key phrase there. As always, the pressure is higher for Canada to succeed than anybody else. They're the perennial Olympic powerhouse, and while the average degree of difficulty has tilted up, a team with a tradition of dominance should be able to shake such a roadblock off.
If today's game was any indication, they're going to have no trouble doing just that, as they cruised to an easy 6-0 win against the Czech Republic.
September 17 2016 04:56PM
It is time for the hockey! And tonight, we get to see Team Canada—the favourite entering the World Cup of Hockey—against the Czech Republic. Sidney Crosby leads his team into a three-week battle that should result in another victory for the land of ice and snow—and they can do it before the snow flies.