The Flames' top 5 bright spots

Kent Wilson
November 18 2016 08:00AM

It's been a bad start to the Flames 2016-17 season. Actually, that's an understatement - it's been a terrible, nightmarish start to the season. The special teams are still awful, the goaltending is still underwhelming and all the stars have struggled in unison. Calgary is only a few places out of last place because they've played more games than most everyone else.

So it's been rough.

But it hasn't been all bad. In fact, the terrible record is actually overshadowing some pleasant surprises and enduring bright spots that have managed pop up through the gloom so far. 

So without further adieu here's the five best things about the Flames year so far.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
November 18 2016 05:00AM

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Flames lose Gaudreau 6 weeks, Leafs need to be in on Dougie Hamilton if available, Jets youngsters rolling, Oilers offense is missing, Jake Virtanen saga continues, Eric Lindros inducted into the Hall of Fame, NHL power rankings, why the scoring chance is a flawed stat and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Johnny Gaudreau to miss six weeks after surgery

Ryan Pike
November 17 2016 07:00PM

In the aftermath of both the Calgary Flames' 2-1 overtime win over the Arizona Coyotes and the successful surgery on Johnny Gaudreau's finger yesterday, Flames general manager Brad Treliving held court with local media earlier today. He had an update on the timeline for Gaudreau's eventual return.

Counting six weeks from Gaudreau's surgery date on the handy FlamesNation calendar page, a ballpark for Gaudreau's return to action would be just after the Christmas break.

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The Return Of The FlamesNation Podcast

Mike FAIL
November 17 2016 02:00PM

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Hello friends, readers, listeners, individuals with murderous intent in their hearts, and the masochist fan base surrounding the Calgary Flames. Over the summer - and especially since the start of the season - we've been trying to align our personal lives and schedules around doing the podcast regularly and in a digestible format.

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Is Johnny Gaudreau drawing fewer penalties than he used to?

Ryan Pike
November 17 2016 12:00PM

We're over 20% of the way through the 2016-17 Calgary Flames schedule and there are quite a few things to talk about. In light of the injury to Johnny Gaudreau and general whispers of an officiating conspiracy in the aftermath of Dennis Wideman's altercation with Don Henderson in January, we felt the need to dig into officiating in Calgary's games so far this season.

We have two broad questions to explore: Is Johnny Gaudreau drawing fewer penalties than he used to? And are the Flames as a team drawing fewer penalties than they used to?

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