Brian Elliott hasn't been as bad as his numbers indicate

Ryan Pike
October 21 2016 02:00PM

The Calgary Flames have not had a great start to their season. They have one victory and one shootout loss in five outings. What makes the season seem worse so far is that the much-ballyhooed acquisition of former St. Louis Blues starting goalie Brian Elliott hasn't really paid off yet.

That said, Elliott's numbers aren't quite as bad as they seem.

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Dillon Dube named to Team WHL for Canada/Russia Series

Ryan Pike
October 21 2016 10:00AM

He hasn't played a game yet this Western Hockey League season, but Calgary Flames prospect Dillon Dube has been named to Team WHL for the upcoming CIBC Canada/Russia Series.

Team WHL will play Team Russia on Nov. 7 in Prince George, BC and Nov. 8 in Edmonton, AB as part of a series of six games between the Canadian Hockey League and Russia.

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Hurricanes 4, Flames 2 post-game embers: RIP

Ari Yanover
October 21 2016 08:00AM

I have nothing against Deryk Engelland here, I just feel like I make this face a lot when I'm watching this team. Side eyes for days.

The only redeeming thing I think I can say about the Flames' fifth game of the season - one that saw their record turn into an unimpressive 1-3-1 - is that there were moments when the Flames just wouldn't let the Hurricanes get the puck out of the offensive zone. There were times throughout the night when they really battled to keep it in there.

Though nothing really came of any of those battles. And you just knew they had to fight so hard because it was a miracle they got into the offensive zone in the first place. Especially when they have an extra guy, for some reason.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
October 21 2016 05:00AM

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Auston Matthews could be best Leaf ever, Canucks long term goalie outlook, Jets coach could be first to go, Flames preparing for expansion draft, Oilers window is opening, Nail Yakupov, the Nation at the Heritage Classic, Q & A with Bernie Nichols, a week full of stars fighting and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Post-Game: Rocked by the Hurricanes

Ryan Pike
October 20 2016 10:35PM

The Calgary Flames are a salary cap team. They're bumping their heads on the cap ceiling. The Carolina Hurricanes are a cap floor team, just a smidge over the absolute bare-bottom for what you can pay an NHL squad. The Hurricanes came into Calgary without a win, and in the midst of a five game road trip. If you thought the deck was stacked for the Flames to have a confidence-building game, you were probably right.

Unfortunately, special teams were Calgary's undoing as they lost by a 4-2 score at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday evening.

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