Canada Collectively Sighs As McDavid Manages Three Points In Win

Adam Laskaris
December 27 2014 08:38PM

Canada defeated Germany 4-0 on Saturday for their second victory in as many days. When scoring the first goal of the game, Canada is now 2-0 in the 2015 World Juniors. If they want to win gold in the tournament, they should look to do that every game.

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FGD #37: The Battle of Alberta (8pm; CBC)

Ryan Pike
December 27 2014 02:00PM

On October 9, on the second day of the regular season, the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers met in their first Battle of Alberta of 2014-15. The season was full of promise for both of them at that point. Since that game - a 5-2 comeback win for the Calgary Flames up at Rexall - the teams have moved in different directions.

Calgary's win was their first of the season, and they've subsequently added an additional 17 triumphs to enter tonight's game with Edmonton at the Saddledome with a pretty solid 18-15-3 record. The Flames exited the Christmas break a mere two points out of a playoff spot, a massive leap forward for a club that drafted fourth overall last season (even after an eight-game losing streak).

Edmonton's loss was their first of the season, and they've subsequently added an additional 20 setbacks to enter this rematch with Calgary with a 7-21-7 record. Like Calgary, the Oilers are a streaky bunch. Unlike Calgary (until their recent ugly stretch), they've been finding ways to both (a) lose in gut-wrenching fashion and (b) extend losing streaks beyond the point of even being funny anymore. They exit the holiday break 20 points out of a playoff spot.

Calgary's last five wins? December 22, December 4, December 2, November 29 and November 26.

Edmonton's last five wins? December 7, November 9, November 7, October 27 and October 24.

Ouch. (Both Edmonton's total number of wins and Calgary's big, big recent gap.)

In a weird quirk, the Oilers axed coach Dallas Eakins (and brought in GM Craig MacTavish as interim coach) the same week that the Flames extended coach Bob Hartley for what's reportedly a deal through 2016-17.

The puck drops at 8pm MT and the game can be viewed on CBC (with Rick Ball and Craig Simpson) and heard on Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias).

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The 8-game Losing Streak Doesn't Matter

Kent Wilson
December 27 2014 10:00AM

If not for some late game heroics from Johnny Hockey and Captain Gio against the Kings, the Flames would have entered the holiday break on a 9-game losing streak. The unlikely victory over the Stanley Cup champs managed to quell a tide of concern and anxiety rising amongst the general Flames faithful, where rumblings of how to "fix" the suddenly powerless Flames had begun to gain volume. 

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TCGD: Here Come The Germans

Shawn Reis
December 27 2014 09:00AM

Canada cruised by Slovakia with an 8-0 win yesterday and will look to keep the good times rolling against a vulnerable German squad tonight.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
December 27 2014 07:00AM

Flubber McGee 2014 Hockey Problems

2014 year in review, hockey's biggest problems, Johnny Hockey, Oilers goaltending, Team Canada, World Junior's, top prospects and more in this week's Roundup.

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