5 fun things to look for from Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey

Ari Yanover
September 12 2016 11:08AM

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Hey, guess what - the World Cup is almost upon us! And by that, I mean the games that actually mean something in-tournament. Exhibition games for a preseason tournament is fun and all, but it makes for better competition when the results actually count, when winning a game actually means something beyond pride.

The tournament officially kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 17. The night game on Day 1 will feature Team Canada taking on Team Czech Republic. And hey, we here at the Nation Network cover mostly Canadian-based teams, so it stands to reason that a fair number of us are Canadian and will be rooting for the Canadian men's national team. So let's take a look at just what we've got to look forward to when it comes to the team representing our home and native land.

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What does Glen Gulutzan need to improve?

Kent Wilson
September 12 2016 08:00AM

A lot changed for the Calgary Flames this offseason, but there are two things that will determine if they really are a better team this year: goaltending and coaching.

The goaltending side is simple

The coaching side is a bit more complicated. New bench bosses Glen Gulutzan and Paul Jerrard have very clear areas of the game they need to improve in Bob Hartley's wake, including some individual tactics that were lacking under the previous regime. 

Here are the areas I'll be grading the new coaching staff on this year. 

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How did the Flames fare in Sunday's World Cup prelims?

Ryan Pike
September 11 2016 07:09PM

There was only one pre-tournament game on the World Cup of Hockey schedule on Sunday. But it was a big one, as Team North America faced Team Europe in Montreal in a rematch of the previous 4-0 win for the young guns in Quebec City.

How did Johnny Gaudreau's crew fare in their second tune-up?

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Setting expectations for the 2013 Flames draft class

Ryan Pike
September 11 2016 12:00PM

The 2016-17 hockey season is slowly creeping upon us, and pretty soon junior teams will begin their seasons. Heck, European teams already have began their regular schedules. With that in mind, we're looking at the last few seasons worth of Calgary Flames draft picks, checking out each player's progression, and making some prognostications and goal-setting for their upcoming years.

Let's move onto the 2013 Draft class! (NHLE calculations from the most recent Hockey Abstract revisions.)

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How did the Flames fare in Saturday's World Cup prelims?

Ryan Pike
September 10 2016 06:33PM

After a day off on Friday, the Calgary Flames' players at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey were back at it today in scintillating pre-tournament action! The big news was that both games were pretty competitive – and entertaining for those of us that chose to flip back-and-forth between them – and that none of the Flames representatives in the tournament were scratched.

How did Saturday treat the Flames in pre-tournament competition?

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