November 06 2011 10:05AM
There has been a lot of talk in Vancouver recently about goaltenders and whether Roberto Luongo is the right guy to carry this team. But early in the season, this is a narrative that carries across many hockey markets, and, valid or not, the play of a goaltender is one that dominates headlines as the goalie is the most important player on the team. Here are three goalie controversies that bear slightly more weight than the Luongo/Cory Schneider discussions, and may have stronger
repurcussions repercussions as well.
November 04 2011 08:33PM
The last time the Calgary Flames won a hockey game in Buffalo remains March of 1996 after falling 2-1 to the Sabres on Friday night. The score could have been a whole lot more lopsided if not for the outstanding performance of Henrik Karlsson between the Calgary pipes. He remains winless on the year and Calgary drops back a game below .500 after toppling the Red Wings the night prior.
November 04 2011 08:11PM
November 04 2011 04:50PM
Yesterday was the first time we saw the Flames effectively go toe-to-toe with a well above average team this season.
Today, the quality of the opposition isn't quite up to that standard (despite the hype thet Pegula's overly extravangant spending this summer may have generated) - the Sabres are a mostly middle tier team. For every decent player like Pominville, Roy or Vanek they have, they also boast nothings like Leino, Gaustad and the incresingly underwhleming Brad Boyes taking up major minutes. The dual, pint-zied youngsters of Nathan Gerbe and Tyler Ennis definitely have some skill and can make some plays in the offensive zone, but both are a long ways from being consistent contributors at ES.
On the back-end, Myers and Regehr are being buried as the shut-down pairing. Tonight will be the first time Flames fans get a taste of Reggie's medicine and I'm sure the big man will go out of his way to make Iginla and company's life miserable.
Althought the Sabres aren't the Red Wings or Canucks, the Flames are not a club that can take any opponent for granted. This also being the second night of a B2B, Calgary will have to continue to play the way they did in the third last night to get their second "w" in a row.
November 04 2011 12:13PM
After an impressive 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night, the Calgary Flames play game two of a three game road trip tonight in Buffalo (5:30 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960). As disturbing as the above picture may be, I felt the Flames flexed a little defensive muscle last night in holding the Red Wings off the scoreboard at even strength as they look for a similar effort tonight against the Sabres.