December 27 2011 07:50PM
Final Score: 2-1 SOW
December 27 2011 04:39PM
The Blue Jackets haven't tasted a lot of success the last few years. Unless, of course, you count how often they seem to beat the Flames on home ice. For whatever reason Calgary has had issues defeating the Blue Jacets in their home rink in recent memory. They'll need to change that tonight to get the road trip off to a good start.
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December 27 2011 11:11AM
The Calgary Flames gave their fans a couple of nice Christmas gifts prior to this weekend, thanks to impressive and well earned wins over the Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks. Both teams were on very lengthy runs and both teams are considered among the elite for a reason; both times, the Flames utilized a solid gameplan to skate to regulation victory. Now they've got Columbus, the NHL's worst team, as Calgary looks for a fourth straight win (5 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960).
December 27 2011 10:51AM
Prior to the season, I marked the Flames as a 7-10 club in the west. It's not a terribly wide range in terms of actual results - probably 1-2 wins over 82 games. It's a big difference when it comes to consequences however - at 7-8, the Flames sneak into the post-season and give us (and the ownership) something else to cheer for in April. At 9-10, the club picks in the low teens in the draft and the chances of a full-blown, scorched earth rebuild grow exponentially.
December 26 2011 02:29PM
(The Nations will also be bringing you some WJC coverage now and then this holiday season. Andrey Osadchenko starts us off with an in-depth look at Team Russia)
What is the first thing that pops up in your mind when you think of Team Russia? It’s their skilled and crazy fast offense, isn’t it? How often would you say it has worked for Alex Ovechkin’s compatriots? That’s right – not so often. Something needed to be added. As we learned last season – that secret ingredient was will to fight till the end.