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December 20 2011 11:34AM
Both the Minnesota Wild and Calgary Flames are riding season-high four game winless streaks heading into action tonight as the two teams meet for the third time this season (7 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960). The Flames lost all four games on their road trip and now start a three game, pre-Christmas stretch against opponents with impressive point totals. Funny enough, even though the Wild have the most points of that trio, they may be the most beatable opponent.
December 20 2011 08:34AM
Needless to say it wasn’t a very productive or fortunate week for the Flames, and once again they find themselves a game under the .500 mark. After starting a gruelling December off with an impressive 4-2 record, Calgary then proceeded to lose the next four straight. Is this a surprise to the fans or even to the team for that matter? In a way it shouldn’t be; injuries have made the club’s depth at forward a lot shallower and it just might be that the expected grind is catching up with the players.
That or the club is merely reverting back to the one thing it does consistently; inconsistency.
December 19 2011 05:28PM
Some quick hits today as news has been popping up on twitter this afternoon.
Firstly, Rene Bourque has been suspended for two games after his hit from behind on Seabrook. The obligatory Shanaban video:
December 19 2011 11:18AM
Those who heard me on overtime this week with Pat may have been confused by my rather consistent condemnation of the Flames first unit of Jokinen, Iginla and Glencross. Afterall, Jokinen has six points in the last three games, Iginla has three in three and Glencross has three in the last four. Altogether, Calgary's first line managed a cumulative 12-points in four games.
December 19 2011 09:29AM
Last week we discussed how the Flames were the league's 3rd worst road team (based on close game shot-based metrics), and sure enough they dropped three straight on the road to Nashville, Tampa Bay and Florida - and now they are dead last! Oh well, at least they walked away with two loser points.
Unfortunately they're going to need a lot more loser points, because 8 of their next 10 games are being played on the road. Folks – don't shoot the messenger, but the Flames will almost certainly be last in the Northwest by the time they host Minnesota January 7th.