December 15 2011 04:51PM
It's been a much tougher second season for neophyte GM Steve Yzerman. I thought he made a lot of good bets in his first summer in Tampa Bay, but this off-season was mostly spent grappling with Stamkos' contract extension and bleeding away some of the better, middle-tier pieces he had the year before. Bergenheim left, Gagne left and Mike Smith is suddenly a capable starter in the PHX.
Throw in the recent St. Louis injury, Roloson finally playing his age and Lecavalier proving to be grossly overpaid and you have a bit of a mess. The Bolts deph up front is limited and no one on the club is a proven ES performer in terms of possession.
Stamkos is a dangerous sniper and is a guy to look out for on the PP, but he's not a player who can play at both ends with aplomb yet. The Flames have a good chance at vicotry tonight if they can play mostly at ES and keep the kid off the scoreboard.
Nation World HQ
December 15 2011 11:52AM
Well, for this year anyway. For the only time this season, the Calgary Flames take on the Tampa Bay Lightning this season tonight as they continue a four game road trip (5:30 pm, Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960). Starting next year, the Flames will see the Lightning twice every year, but for now, this will be our only look at how Steven Stamkos et al fare against Calgary.
December 14 2011 10:04AM
This week consider the Flames aspirations for the playoffs, Brendan Morrison's refusal to go away and I have become a hesistant fan of Blake Comeau.
December 13 2011 09:01PM
The World Junior Championships are less than two weeks away, and Team Canada is poised to make their final cuts tomorrow morning. It won’t be an easy decision, as the team boasts incredible depth at almost every position.
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December 13 2011 08:58PM
The good news coming from Calgary's 2-1 loss in Nashville on Tuesday saw the two teams equal their goal total from the prior two meetings combined. The bad news came from the fact the Flames saw their three game win streak come to an end, as Colin Wilson's third period powerplay goal being the difference in a game that more than 80 shots fired between the two squads.