Sunday Open Thread: Surprises And Disappointments Through 10 Games

Ryan Pike
October 26 2014 10:28AM

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After last night's 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals, the Calgary Flames have completed 10 games. It's a nice even number, and for some reason the Flames have now played more than anybody else in the league save for the Boston Bruins.

Is it possible for the schedule makers to dislike both teams? Perhaps. But in another weird twist, both teams have won 5 of their 10 games. Spooky.

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Post-Game: Caps Douse Flames 3-1

Ryan Pike
October 25 2014 11:31PM

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The Calgary Flames came into tonight with a record above .500 and were facing a team that were coming off their first regulation loss of the season (against Edmonton, of all teams). The Capitals came into the Saddledome tonight and played with structure and, at times, poise and desperation.

In contrast, particularly in the third, the Flames looked like a team that that had lost their nerve during a 3-1 home loss on Saturday night.

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FGD #10: A Capital Collision (8pm MT; CBC)

Ryan Pike
October 25 2014 10:30AM

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After delivering a 5-0 loss to the lowly Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night, the Calgary Flames are set to face a bit bigger challenge tonight when they host the Washington Capitals.

The Flames (5-3-1) are a bit of a surprise thus far in the NHL, sitting near the top of the standings despite ugly underlying numbers, a roster devoid of star players and a schedule that outside of games against Carolina and Edmonton, looked like tough sledding. The Capitals (3-1-2) have had a lighter schedule, but have still gone out and won the games, out-scoring their opposition 20-14 in the process. They've been off since Wednesday and went curling this week.

The puck drops at 8pm MT on CBC and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. Per Sportsnet PR, the legendary Bob Cole has the call on TV (along with Greg Millen, who's less exciting).

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Fantasy Minute: Waiver Wire

Nation World HQ
October 25 2014 09:45AM

The Fantasy Minute is a quick run through the best Fantasy Hockey waiver adds, sleepers and buy low-sell high candidates for the week. (Based on 12 team leagues)

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Pacific War Room

Nation World HQ
October 25 2014 09:04AM


Our friends at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In alphabetical order of the teams in the Pacific Division including the Canucks, Flames and Oilers… we present the Pacific War Room for this week.

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