November 01 2011 06:54PM
Despite their record, the Canucks remain one of the best teams in the west, if not in the NHL and represent a real test for the Flames at the tail end of this home stand. Calgary is getting some things done mostly on the back of depth players at ES, but it's a "Canucks" class of team that has proven to be the issue these last few, playoff-less years.
There's no reason to believe that the club will suddenly start trading punches with the big boys, but if the Flames are truly to battle for the post-season this year, they'll have to pull a few out against the best in the league once in a while. Perhaps tonight will be one of those times.
November 01 2011 11:37AM
Seeing the Calgary Flames start the month of November with a .500 record isn't overly surprising, knowing what expectations were heading into the season. Seeing the Vancouver Canucks also at .500 after the first month of the season is slightly more surprising, knowing how annoyingly elite they were last season. Tonight, for the first time this season, the two bitter rivals hook up at the Saddledome (7:30 pm, TSN and Sportsnet 960).
October 31 2011 03:08PM
We're one month in and the Flames have failed to set the hockey world aflame (pun intended and preemptively apologized for). Rob sums up Calgary's underlying numbers in the post below, but here are some other thoughts about the club's first four weeks of action kicking around my head heading into November.
October 31 2011 11:59AM
One month into the season and despite back-to-back wins the Flames are 2nd last in the Western Conference. On the other hand they're only 2 points out of the 8th-place play-off spot.
Rene Bourque leads the team with 5 goals, Alex Tanguay with 7 assists, Olli Jokinen with 28 shots (and 2nd to Tanguay with 7 points), and rookie Roman Horak leads the club with +3 (with 5 points thrown in for good measure). Captain Jarome Iginla is leading all forwards in playing time, but is 4th in shots – just 1 ahead of Lee Stempniak – has just 2 goals and 4 points, and sits alone at the bottom with a -3.
Ah, but these are just the so-called box car stats, let dive in to something more advanced!
October 31 2011 02:26AM
All Hallows Eve is here in all its glory, with children headed to the door this evening in search of treats their parents would never let them near any other night, and those same parents openly regretting the sugar rush they're about to bestow on said urchins. Of course, for those of you in between those ages, Hallowe'en is about other pursuits, and those are perfectly fine as well. As an aside, when did this copious skin baring business start in earnest? When I was in university in the early 80's, you'd only see someone in their knickers if you were dating them, and even then it was iffy ;-) I'm not complaining, mind, just attempting to fill the gaps in my knowledge base.
Anyhoo, let's get to it. In this aggregation of notes, the Leafs hit a roadblock in the nation's capital, the Oil are cruising for now, and Vancouver snaps out of their funk with a bang.