The Flames have already lost this year's Battle of Alberta

Ryan Pike
January 20 2017 02:00PM

For the longest time, the Calgary Flames saw the Edmonton Oilers as one thing: a punching bag that was a great source of points. It's mean, but it's true. Even at their most mediocre, the Flames could count on their games with the Oilers to prop themselves up in the Western Conference standings.

To show how far the Oilers have actually come in making the Battle of Alberta a rivalry that actually matters in the grand scheme of things, we've dug into old media guides and the annals of Hockey Reference to put this season's resurgence by Edmonton into proper context. Regardless of how Saturday's game between the two clubs turns out, the Oilers have already made a great deal of history within the Battle of Alberta.

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The 2017 Playoff Chase: running in place

Ryan Pike
January 20 2017 10:00AM

Welcome to the second exciting week of our Western Conference playoff race coverage. The Calgary Flames are still very much in the playoff mix, but they didn't do very much to help themselves over the past week.

Let's take a dive into the numbers, gang.

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Predators 4, Flames 3 post-game embers: You can't wait that long

Ari Yanover
January 20 2017 08:00AM

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Another game, another must-win for the Flames. That's going to be something to get used to, for as long as the Flames are a bubble team pretty much every game from here on out is going to be a must-win.

This one more than most, though. The Flames' lackadaisical efforts against the Jets and Devils also came in must-win games, but they weren't as important as this one was. They aren't competing with the Devils for a playoff spot. In all likelihood, they aren't competing with the Jets, either.

They are directly competing with the Predators. Going into this game, these two teams occupied the seventh and eighth spots in the West in points percentage, with the Kings right on their heels. They played against a team missing P.K. Subban and Roman Josi. And now they're ninth.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
January 20 2017 05:00AM

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Should the Leafs or Oilers chase Shattenkirk, the Canucks point streak affecting long term goals, Dylan Larkin's struggles, Draisaitl's fantastic season, Mikael Backlund's case for the Selke, and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

In the Roundup we go around the Nation Network and give you some of the best articles of the last couple weeks. Every once in a while it's good to know what other teams are doing, or maybe you find an interesting article you wouldn't have found otherwise.

Note* This article is posted  across all Nation Network team sites so comments are an open forum.

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Post-Game: Preds prey on sloppy Flames

Ryan Pike
January 19 2017 10:20PM

The Calgary Flames hosted the Nashville Predators at the Saddledome tonight in what was a big game for the playoff aspirations of both clubs. The Predators played a measured, composed, playoff-like game for the majority of the contest. The Flames? Not so much.

The home side was equal parts shaky, sloppy and out of sync en route to a 4-3 loss to their Western Conference rivals. The score is a bit flattering, as all three Calgary goals came at the tail-end of this contest.

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