Gameday Preview: Attack of the Clones

Kent Wilson
December 01 2010 09:56AM

VANCOUVER, CANADA - NOVEMBER 24: Daniel Sedin  celebrates with brother Henrik Sedin  and Christian Ehrhoff  of the Vancouver Canucks after scoring against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period in NHL action on November 24, 2010 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

 

It's been a long time coming, but tonight is the Flames first look at the 2010-11 Vancouver Canucks. The divisions putative champions are mostly the same team that ran away with things last year. Although the start of the season hasn't been quite smooth sailing, they doubtlessly remain at the head of the class.

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The Stuff That's Gone Right

Kent Wilson
November 30 2010 08:05PM

CALGARY, AB - April 17: Mark Giordano #5, and Alex Tanguay #40 of the Calgary Flames skate towards their bench after a goal by teammate Matthew Lombardi #18 against the Detroit Red Wings during the second period of game three in the Western Conference Quarterfinals at the Saddledome on April 17, 2007, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Flames defeated the Red Wings by a score of 3-2. (Photo by Tim Smith/Getty Images)

 

It's been a rough 20-odd games for Flames fans. Aspirations of the club striking last year from our collective memories with a definitely strong opening to the season were dashed almost immediately when the Edmonton Oilers (the worst team in the league) objectively outplayed Calgary in the opening game. Fast forward six weeks and the Flames are looking up at the rest of the conference, with the spectre of a near .600 win % required to simply slip into the post-season as an 8th seed haunting the club's every game.

So there's been lots of complaining and gnashing of teeth. That's my default position, frankly, but even the optimistic have been mostly disheartened through the early going here. 

Granting that stuff, the fact is - it's not all bad. There are some positives to take from the Flames first 24 games, even if the overall picture is a gray one.

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Postgame: Home Cooking

Pat Steinberg
November 29 2010 10:37PM

CALGARY, CANADA - APRIL 6: Rene Bourque (C) of the Calgary Flames celebrates his goal with teammates Jarome Iginla #12 and Matt Stajan #18 against the San Jose Sharks in the third period of NHL action on April 6, 2010 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)

It's funny how perception changes...you could look at Calgary's five game road trip and say they lost four of five games, or you could look more recently and see two wins in three games.  Regardless, the Flames took a 3-0 win Monday night over the Minnesota Wild as Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves to post his 37th career shutout.

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Flames Scoring Chances - Game 24 versus Minnesota

Kent Wilson
November 29 2010 09:43PM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20351

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Game No. 24: By all means, have a cow

Ryan Lambert
November 29 2010 05:02PM



I'm about to make an overwrought Simpsons analogy.

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