November 23 2011 04:00PM
Ironically, a couple of the Flames better games in the first quarter have been against the Red Wings and Blackhawks - clubs that have routinely beat up Calgary previously. Tonight, the Flames will try to repeat the feat against the Red Wings, although the prior win featured several goals by a line that probably won't be in play tonight - Iginla/Jokinen/Glencross.
That match featured Iginla's best asset as things stand - his shot. The captain is still dangerous with the puck on his stick in the slot and around the net, so they'll need more of that if a win tonight is the goal.
He's only scored once since, but it should be noted the first line's scoring chances numbers have improved since Backlund rejoined the active roster. The goals haven't been there, but the arrows are going in the right direction. Consider the fact that Backlund's relative corsi rating (his possession rate less the team's possession rate when he's on the bench) is an incredible +24.5/60. The puck is moving in the right direction with Backs on the ice, so we can expect a break out for him (and perhaps Iggy and Tangs) sooner rather than later I think. Maybe it starts tonight?
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November 23 2011 11:29AM
It depends on who you ask, but some believe Calgary's 4-1 win in Detroit earlier this month was their finest effort so far this season. That can be argued against Friday's Chicago win, but one thing is true: the Flames were full marks for their November 3rd win over the Red Wings. Coming off a disappointing effort Monday in Columbus, the Flames could use another one of those efforts when they meet Detroit again tonight (5 pm, TSN and Sportsnet 960).
November 22 2011 02:24PM
This is one of the funniest movies known to mankind. The humour is subtle but deliberate and there are more underlying messages than Wilson counts scoring chances in a week’s worth of Flames games. Does this clip remind you of anything or anyone that we talk about often on this site?
November 21 2011 11:25PM
Going into the offseason I thought it was pretty unlikely that I would receive a contract offer in the NHL.
That is the circle of life in the NHL.
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November 21 2011 07:58PM
A listless start and an uninspired finish bookended a 4-1 Calgary loss on Monday night, as the Flames fell in their first meeting this season with the NHL worst Columbus Blue Jackets. Calgary allowed the Jackets to get off to a quick start but aside from a decent push in the middle stages of the game, they weren't able to mount much of a comeback, especially in the third period. It's an unfortunate way for Calgary to open an important four game road trip.