October 08 2014 11:31AM
The prognostications have been made, rosters have been set and the fantasy line-ups have been fretted over. Now, it's time to play some darn hockey.
The 2014-15 National Hockey League season officially kicks off today, with four games, including the first of 82 regular season games for the Calgary Flames as they host the Vancouver Canucks in their home-opener.
You can catch the game at 8pm MT via radio on Sportsnet 960 The Fan and it's a national telecast as the back-half of a doubleheader on Sportsnet West (and all regional Sportsnet channels) following the Toronto/Montreal game at 5pm MT.
October 07 2014 01:57PM
The Calgary Flames finalized and announced their 2014-15 opening roster this afternoon. But with 23 bodies on the team, it can be a bit hard to keep them all straight. In an effort to provide clarity on who's who on the 2014-15 Flames, here's a handy primer put together by FlamesNation's crack team of researchers, reporters and hired goons.
October 07 2014 08:30AM
I am currently in the middle of building a new home. We're at the beginning stage, as pictured above, and it struck me recently just how apt an analogy it is for where the Flames are in their rebuilding efforts.
The first step is to dig a big hole in the dirt. Then, you pour the foundation. If that all goes well, you backfill, frame and finish the structure. Unless, of course, you're the Edmonton Oilers. Then your build goes something like this:
October 06 2014 09:18AM
The 35th season of Calgary Flames hockey begins on Wednesday evening with a contest between the Flames and the Vancouver Canucks at the Scotiabank Saddledome! After five years outside of the playoffs, the Flames have a new general manager in Brad Treliving and hope to gradually pull themselves out of the muck and progress their rebuild. Odds are they're looking at their sixth year on the outside of the post-season.
As part of our preview coverage this week (and to re-use my favourite image on the site), it's time to convene another FlamesNation RoundTable. In this edition, join Kent Wilson, Rex Libris, Byron Bader, the Book of Loob, Justin Azevedo, Taylor McKee and myself as we discuss what exactly we expect from the 2014-15 edition of the Flames. Add your take in the comments!
Nation World HQ
October 06 2014 06:30AM
The Nation Network is proud to introduce the Nation Minute, a rapid fire look around the network and the NHL every Monday morning. With the season drawing closer we take a gander at achievable milestones this year. Enjoy!