STOKING THE FIRE - DECEMBER 20TH

Vintage Flame
December 20 2011 08:34AM

 

Needless to say it wasn’t a very productive or fortunate week for the Flames, and once again they find themselves a game under the .500 mark. After starting a gruelling December off with an impressive 4-2 record, Calgary then proceeded to lose the next four straight. Is this a surprise to the fans or even to the team for that matter? In a way it shouldn’t be; injuries have made the club’s depth at forward a lot shallower and it just might be that the expected grind is catching up with the players.

That or the club is merely reverting back to the one thing it does consistently; inconsistency.

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Bourque Suspended, Stajan hurt, Byron recalled

Kent Wilson
December 19 2011 05:28PM

 

(pic courtesy Montreal Hockey talk)

 

Some quick hits today as news has been popping up on twitter this afternoon.

Firstly, Rene Bourque has been suspended for two games after his hit from behind on Seabrook. The obligatory Shanaban video:

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Time to Break up Jokinen and Iginla Again

Kent Wilson
December 19 2011 11:18AM

 

Those who heard me on overtime this week with Pat may have been confused by my rather consistent condemnation of the Flames first unit of Jokinen, Iginla and Glencross. Afterall, Jokinen has six points in the last three games, Iginla has three in three and Glencross has three in the last four. Altogether, Calgary's first line managed a cumulative 12-points in four games.

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Black Box: Week 11

Robert Vollman
December 19 2011 09:29AM

 

 

Last week we discussed how the Flames were the league's 3rd worst road team (based on close game shot-based metrics), and sure enough they dropped three straight on the road to Nashville, Tampa Bay and Florida - and now they are dead last!  Oh well, at least they walked away with two loser points. 

Unfortunately they're going to need a lot more loser points, because 8 of their next 10 games are being played on the road.  Folks – don't shoot the messenger, but the Flames will almost certainly be last in the Northwest by the time they host Minnesota January 7th.

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Postgame: Not Close

Nation World HQ
December 18 2011 08:08PM

It'll be another year without a win in Chicago, as Calgary's United Center woes stretch to four seasons thanks to a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Blackhawks on Sunday night.  It serves as a fourth straight loss for the Flames in a game that was never really close.  Chicago controlled things from the very start, and even with a couple third period goals, a fifth straight Blackhawks win was never in doubt.

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