Post-Game: Sometimes you lose

Ryan Pike
January 06 2017 11:31PM

(Anne-Marie Sorvin / USA Today Sports)

A National Hockey League season is long. The games are full of small places and wonky bounces. Sometimes a team plays really well but doesn't get rewarded, often due to a really good goaltending performance. Yes, folks, sometimes you lose.

The Calgary Flames lost 4-2 tonight to the Vancouver Canucks. Don't let the score fool you: they were by far the better team. But Ryan Miller was superb and that, along with a pair of disallowed shorthanded goals and some bad breaks, was the difference.

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The Flames missed a window, but should still sign Tyler Parsons

Ryan Pike
January 06 2017 02:00PM

The 2017 World Junior Championships are now complete after a whirlwind two weeks of high-end hockey. Much of the positive chatter following the event has centered on the performance of Calgary Flames prospect Tyler Parsons, a second round selection of the club in the 2016 NHL Draft and hotshot goalie of Team USA on their gold medal march.

The Flames have yet to ink Parsons to an entry-level contract. They've likely missed an important window to do, but there is still a lot of value to getting a deal done.

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FGD 41: There's no place like home (and home) (8pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
January 06 2017 12:00PM

(Anne-Marie Sorvin / USA Today Sports)

We love HOME games; have Liquor Depot delivery in under an hour. Click, pick, sit back and watch the game.

Tonight and tomorrow, in Calgary and Vancouver, we're going to witness a pair of games between the Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks. When the season began, it didn't seem like these games would be all that important; the Canucks fell off a cliff after a hot start and the Flames quite honestly looked listless and lost. But here were are at the midway point of the season, and this home and home series has incredibly high stakes for both clubs.

Playoff implications will be the talk of these two games. Vancouver can crawl out of the muck and into the playoff pack with a pair of wins. On the other hand, the Flames can functionally punt the Canucks back down the ladder and into said muck with a pair of wins of their own. As previously stated: these are high stakes games between a pair of clubs that nobody expected to be playing high stakes games given how the first few weeks of the season unfolded.

The puck drops at 8 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

Check out a view from the other side from Canucks Army!

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Nation World HQ
January 06 2017 08:00AM

Spy vs Spy

The first matchup in a back-to-back set has the Calgary Flames facing off in Vancouver, and we've asked writers from both FlamesNation and CanucksArmy to get you set for tonight's matchup. We've also put together a few notes to get you ready for game one of the home and home. 

Please note that this article is posted at both CanucksArmy and FlamesNation

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
January 06 2017 05:00AM

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Top Nation moments of 2016, Leafs continue 3rd period collapse, Sedins struggling to carry their line, the Flames and Matt Duchene, Chiarelli deserves credit in Edmonton, the Doug Gilmour trade 25 years ago, Jacob Trouba, Expansion, another Nation member hired by an NHL team and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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