January 03 2012 10:09AM
We close out the holiday season with an extended visit from Nation writer and all around swell chap Jonathan Willis.
Lowetide also adds his own thoughts to the mix on where the Oilers may be headed and we make a short stop in Winnipeg to see how the fans are enjoying the suddenly red hot Jets.
This is Nation Radio.
January 02 2012 03:27PM
Feaster has been at the helm of the Calgary Flames for just over a year. And while some superficially significant moves have been made over that period (specifically, the trades involving Robyn Regehr and Daymond Langkow) the organizational path and mantra hasn't changed much despite the switch in management. Calgary continues to market long beloved heroes like Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff while battling to remain in the playoff picture in the Western Conference.
January 02 2012 07:39AM
The bad news: road trip. The good news: it was in Columbus, Long Island and Ottawa. The bad news: only one win. The good news: one loser point, for 3 points in 3 games. The bad news: they’ve slid to 12th in the West. The good news: we’re going to stop this ridiculous introduction and get right into this week’s black box.
January 01 2012 06:43PM
Final Score: 5-3 L
January 01 2012 03:37PM
The Flames have been getting by in recent weeks in a kind of Nashvillian fashion - mostly getting outshot at ES, but garnering points thanks to a mix of opportunistic scoring and above average netminding. Of course, the Preds win games like that by design/necessity while Calgary has kind fallen into the habit.
It's not an ideal path to success in the NHL, but it's the best way for a club like Nashville to stay competitive given some of their challenges. As they are currently built - with a concentration on high-end goaltending and defenders and not much up front - the Predators will never ascend beyond the NHL's middle class, but they aren't likely to fall into the basement as well.
That's been the Flames challenge since about 2005-06 too. The blueprint has chnaged numerous times and the challenges the Flames face now aren't the ones they were seeking to overcome six years ago, but the results are more or less the same.
With a bevy of injuries both up front and on the back-end, Calgary has gone from decent outshooting team to a bottom-barrel club. It's a solid step back. If it persists, the hopes of one last playoff appearance before hard decisions are made this offseason will rapidly fade in the new year. That is, unless Kipper and backup (Irving?) can continue to stop 94%+ of the shots they see at ES indefinitely, of course.