Post-Game: They Are What We Thought They Were

Ryan Pike
September 27 2014 12:50AM

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When tonight's rosters came out over the Twitter Machine, two common thoughts pervaded the Calgary hockey world.

  1. "Hey, that Canucks roster looks pretty close to an NHL roster."
  2. "Hey, isn't that basically the Adirondack Flames roster dressing for our side?"

Well, on Friday night in Vancouver...that's exactly what happened. The Flames lost 3-0. They barely dressed any regulars. No Monahan. No Gaudreau. No Giordano. No Brodie. Karri Ramo just played a period as he comes back from a hip injury.

In short: they are what we thought they were - a largely AHL roster going into Vancouver and losing fairly soundly to the Vancouver Canucks' NHL roster.

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FGD: A Dish Best Served In Vancouver (8pm MT; SN1)

Ryan Pike
September 26 2014 01:41PM

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The Calgary Flames lost to their bitter rivals, the Vancouver Canucks, last evening at home. Tonight, a slightly different group of Calgary Flames players travel into enemy territory to try to return the favour at Rogers Arena.

The Flames (2-2-0) are at .500 in the pre-season and are likely using this game to evaluate before trimming their roster down significantly. The Canucks (2-1-0) are probably just trying to keep some momentum going.

The game goes at 8pm MT on Sportsnet One (with the Canucks broadcast team) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. It's the last televised pre-season game this year.

For a look from the other side, check out the preview from those rascals over at Canucks Army.

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Perfect Time To Rebuild?

Christian Roatis
September 26 2014 08:30AM

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Rebuilding is never fun. There's no disputing that.

However, every team at some point comes to the realization that their best route to glory must run through the dreaded lands of a rebuild. The Calgary Flames came to such a realization, in 2013, after years of treading the waters of mediocrity and have since begun a retooling and rearming process to return them to relevance.

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THE ROUNDUP

Nation World HQ
September 26 2014 08:05AM

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Exhibition season is underway, Royal Half joins the Nation, stats predicting NHL success, Bennett and Draisaitl shine, Vladdy hockey, Phil the thrill and more in this week's Roundup.

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Post-Game: Bennett Is Good, Flames Lose Anyway

Ryan Pike
September 25 2014 10:20PM

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The Vancouver Canucks visited Calgary to face the Flames on Thursday evening. They had no Sedins. They were out-shot and out-played by the locals for the lion's share of the contest. But the Canucks weathered the storm, the Flames were unable to capitalize on their advantages and scoring chances, and the Canucks skated away with a 3-1 loss.

On the other hand, Sam Bennett appears to be quite the hockey player, and that's probably what people are more interested in.

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