Give The Gaudreau Demotion Talk A Rest—At Least For Now

Steve Macfarlane
October 18 2014 11:00AM

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While it’s true that Johnny Hockey clearly needed to take a seat after five games of less-than-promising performances to start his first NHL season, the press-box benching doesn’t mean his next stop has to be the American Hockey League.

You didn’t really think it would be easy making the jump from the college ranks to the fastest and most fluid game on Earth, did you?

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THE FANTASY MINUTE: WAIVER WIRE

Nation World HQ
October 18 2014 10:23AM

The Nation Network and Dailyfaceoff present the Fantasy Minute. A quick run through the best Fantasy Hockey waiver adds and sleepers for the week. 10.17.14 (Based on 12 team leagues)

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THE PACIFIC WAR ROOM

Nation World HQ
October 18 2014 10:00AM

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Our friends at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In alphabetical order of the teams in the Pacific Division including the Canucks, Flames and Oilers… we present the Pacific War Room for this week.

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Post-Game: Jooris Scores, Flames Lose Anyway

Ryan Pike
October 18 2014 12:44AM

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A lot of the talk prior to tonight's game revolved around a 60-minute effort. The Flames had a 60-minute game in Nashville and, combined with some great goaltending, the club won 3-2. They didn't have a 60-minute game against Chicago and somehow won the game based on miracles, witchcraft and Jonas Hiller being crazy-good.

Tonight the Flames' effort was closer to the Chicago game than the Nashville game. Travel, flu and four games in six nights will do that, but the team will really be kicking themselves for letting Columbus run the show for 40 minutes, as it left them scrambling in the third and their comeback fell short. The Flames lost 3-2 at Nationwide Arena.

Here's how it happened.

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FGD #6: A Trip to Ohio (5pm MT; SN Flames)

Ryan Pike
October 17 2014 01:00PM

After an improbable road trip that's already seen them break even points-wise, the Calgary Flames head into the great state of Ohio - now again home of Lebron James - for the fifth game of their six-game trip, this time against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus is the home of the cool cannon, the former home of an excellent mascot named Boomer (a civil war cannon with a jaunty mustache), and a pretty good hockey club that's really progressed over the past few years. Heck, they made the playoffs last year and nearly upset the Penguins.

The game should be the first career NHL game for Josh Jooris and the latest edition of the "Can you top that?" series between Flames netminders Karri Ramo and Jonas Hiller.

Can the Flames continue their winning ways? I would've say "no" flatly a week ago, but I'm gonna shrug and say "Maybe" now. The game goes early tonight - 5pm MT - and you can catch it on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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