October 18 2011 10:49PM
Apparently you can play six minutes of effective hockey an win a hockey game. Okay, we'll give them a little more than that (maybe ten minutes), but Tuesday's 2-1 Calgary win over Edmonton really was the definition of finding a way to win. The Flames were almost entirely mediocre but used a solid final ten minutes to first tie and then win round one of the Battle of Alberta.
October 18 2011 10:11PM
October 18 2011 06:20PM
The Oilers are off to a better than expected start. The Flames have been incredibly sluggish.
Calgary has owned the BofA the last few years, but there's some question whether that will continue much longer. Can Oil can begin the turn around tonight in Calgary or will the Flames manage to prolong their dominance for just a bit longer?
October 18 2011 11:47AM
The Calgary Flames play round one of the Battle of Alberta tonight, playing host to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time this season (7:30 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960). While the Flames have struggled in getting off to a 1-3 start, the Oilers have kicked their season off with a bang, thanks in large part to their last two number one overall picks. With how things have gone lately for Calgary, a loss at home to their provincial rivals could have many inching much closer to that panic button.
October 17 2011 01:00PM
So Flames have one win in four games and the "first line" has been notably behind the play much of the time. Jarome Iginla has a single point so far and it's a power play goal. They've been greatly outplayed in all but a handful of shifts.
This has all been fairly obvious to most Flames fans so far. The resultant focus and theoretical remedy seems to be replacing David Moss as the "number one" center. While there are superficial reasons why this seems like a the needed fix (not a natural center, low career point total, struggling at faceoffs) the truth is the real culprit for the first lines struggles is standing behind the bench.