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December 13 2011 11:36AM
The Calgary Flames kick off a four game road trip tonight having won six of their last eight games and playing their best hockey of the season. Beating teams outside of the "juggernaut" category is exactly what the Flames need to do, and they've done that over the last little bit, asserting their game on their opponents. Tonight's opponent isn't a world beater either, as Calgary visits Nashville for the first time this season (6 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960).
December 13 2011 10:45AM
I'm feverishly working on another project this morning, but I wanted to take some time to note some Flames-related news bumping around the airwaves today.
December 12 2011 03:43PM
By: Andrey Osadchenko
Picking 5 best Russian players for the Flames is pretty easy. There haven't been too many ruskies put on the flaming ‘C’. In fact, in the entire history of the organization, the Flames have had 12 Russian players and only a few of them were able to leave their mark.
Note that this list doesn’t include Igor Kravchuk, because he made the respective Oiler article a little earlier. It's also worth mentioning that the first Soviet player in the NHL, Sergei Priakhin, is not mentioned here either, since in all honesty he had more impact on the history of hockey than on the Flames’ history. It’s a rather twisted irony.
December 12 2011 10:53AM
I was lucky enough to talk to the Heat's play-by-play man Ryan Pinder** recently. He shared some observations and insight about the team and some of the Flames prospects, including Greg Nemisz, Leland Irving and TJ Brodie. I also asked him about Abbotsford's impressive record so far this year and the influence of rookie head coach Troy Ward.
December 12 2011 09:10AM
The Calgary Flames are making the very most of the soft part of their schedule, and their .517 points percentage now includes them in a gigantic tie for 18th overall, just two points out of the final post-season position to which Nashville is hanging on like Chris Chelios to his NHL career.