The Mid-Season NationDraft

January 26 2017 07:00AM

Make it Rain

With the second half of the NHL season well underway it's time to start preparing yourself for another round of trash talking, rivalry chirping, and, of course, a little bit of fantasy hockey. As per Nation Network tradition, I am here to tell you about a brand new NationDraft for the second half of the regular season.

Play against readers across the Nation Network in the 2016-17 Mid-Season Nation Drafts. Grand Prize is a $1000 Visa Gift Card! Enter your fantasy hockey team at for your chance to win and support a good cause! The entry fee is $20, with a portion of all proceeds going to support our charity partner, Earth Group.

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Flames poised to be contenders

Christian Roatis
January 25 2017 02:00PM

Though things haven’t gone as swimmingly as we would’ve hoped in the last little stretch, the Calgary Flames have nonetheless taken a marked step forward this season, and continue to be progressing – which is, at the end of the day, imperative for a still-rebuilding team. 

Their even strength possession stats are now in the top half of the league, and light years ahead of where they were last season (47.9 vs. 50.9 in CF% as of the writing of this article). On some nights, they even look downright dominant. Following in the qualitative observation column, they also look like a far more structured and methodical group than they did in years past under Bob Hartley.  

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WWYD: Shake up the Flames?

Kent Wilson
January 25 2017 12:00PM

It's been a disastrous month for the Flames. 

Their goaltending has floundered, their offense has abandoned them and their special teams are suddenly lost. Nothing is working for Calgary right now and they are rapidly running out of time to shake out of this slump. If it continues much longer, the playoffs will be a distant dream.

So what can the coaching staff or GM do to shake the team out of this rut? Trade someone, fire someone or demote someone?

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The 3 biggest Calgary Flames worries

Pat Steinberg
January 25 2017 10:00AM

The Calgary Flames are officially in a slump. Following their 5-1 loss in Montreal on Tuesday night, the Flames have now lost four straight and eight of their last 11. With one more game before the All-Star Break and just four games between now and Feb. 13, Calgary is in a pretty pivotal part of their schedule. There's no question this team is struggling right now, but three things concern me more than anything else.

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Canadiens 5, Flames 1 post-game embers: And so it goes

Ari Yanover
January 25 2017 08:00AM

I hope you guys enjoyed Mike the past couple of post-game mornings. It's really difficult to figure out how to write essentially the same post over and over and over.

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