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October 18 2014 10:00AM
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.
October 18 2014 12:44AM
A lot of the talk prior to tonight's game revolved around a 60-minute effort. The Flames had a 60-minute game in Nashville and, combined with some great goaltending, the club won 3-2. They didn't have a 60-minute game against Chicago and somehow won the game based on miracles, witchcraft and Jonas Hiller being crazy-good.
Tonight the Flames' effort was closer to the Chicago game than the Nashville game. Travel, flu and four games in six nights will do that, but the team will really be kicking themselves for letting Columbus run the show for 40 minutes, as it left them scrambling in the third and their comeback fell short. The Flames lost 3-2 at Nationwide Arena.
Here's how it happened.
October 17 2014 01:00PM
After an improbable road trip that's already seen them break even points-wise, the Calgary Flames head into the great state of Ohio - now again home of Lebron James - for the fifth game of their six-game trip, this time against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus is the home of the cool cannon, the former home of an excellent mascot named Boomer (a civil war cannon with a jaunty mustache), and a pretty good hockey club that's really progressed over the past few years. Heck, they made the playoffs last year and nearly upset the Penguins.
The game should be the first career NHL game for Josh Jooris and the latest edition of the "Can you top that?" series between Flames netminders Karri Ramo and Jonas Hiller.
Can the Flames continue their winning ways? I would've say "no" flatly a week ago, but I'm gonna shrug and say "Maybe" now. The game goes early tonight - 5pm MT - and you can catch it on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
October 17 2014 10:53AM
It's been an interesting start of the year for Calgary. With the obvious caveat that five games is a relatively tiny sliver of action, it's still worth going over some very early impressions of the Flames blueline and record through the early going.
Nation World HQ
October 17 2014 08:00AM
Jonas Hiller seeing beach balls, the Oilers aren't very good at hockey, the Leafs could use Eric Staal, the impact of defense on goaltender stats, loving the game again and more in this weeks Roundup.