SPEAKING WITH THE ENEMY: Flames @ Oilers

Nation World HQ
January 14 2017 10:00AM

Spy vs Spy

The Oilers and Flames square off for the first time in 2017 and we've asked writers from both OilersNation and FlamesNation to give us their take on tonight's matchup. We've also put together a few quick stats to get you ready for the first BOA of the year.

Please note that this article was posted at both OilersNation and FlamesNation.

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Devils 2, Flames 1 post-game embers: Not good enough

Ari Yanover
January 14 2017 08:00AM

One of the teams in this game played the night before. One of them is in the bottom 10, league-wide. One of them is nowhere near a playoff spot.

That's the team that won.

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Post-Game: Nightmare on Olympic Way

Ryan Pike
January 13 2017 10:11PM

On Saturday night, the Calgary Flames will play one of the most important games of their season when they face the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. On Friday night, they first had to play the New Jersey Devils – who faced Edmonton on Thursday night. On a Friday the 13th that featured a full moon, the Flames were spookily bad for the first 20 minutes of the game and not particularly strong through the duration of it. They dropped a winnable game to one of the worst teams in the National Hockey League, the Devils, by a 2-1 score.

For a team needing all the points it can muster in an incredibly tight Western Conference playoff race, this was a nightmare scenario.

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The 2017 Playoff Chase: the second half begins

Ryan Pike
January 13 2017 02:00PM

Friends, if you have a calendar and the National Hockey League standings in front of you then you've probably made a staggering realization. We're into the second half of the 2016-17 schedule and the Calgary Flames are in a playoff spot.

As long as the Flames are in the playoff conversation, we're debuting a weekly feature here for the second half where we look at where the local sports team is among their peers.

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FGD 45: Running with the Devils (7pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
January 13 2017 12:00PM

The Calgary Flames passed a big test on Wednesday, beating the San Jose Sharks in a tight divisional game. Now they face another interesting test in the form of a pair of games in a 28 hour span. The first game features the Flames in a familiar position: facing one of the National Hockey League's worst teams, the New Jersey Devils. Once that's over with, they have to regroup and head to Edmonton to face the Oilers. Can the Flames focus on what's in front of them long enough to get two points against the Devils while a tremendously important Battle of Alberta clash looms on the immediate horizon?

The puck drops just after 7 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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