December 28 2011 06:36AM
1. Maybe they can beat good teams
Last week I was roundly criticized for being too hard on the team by saying they weren't that good and maybe, as it turns out, those critics were right. I wrote of how underwhelming the Flames' performance against the Wild — a team with 45 points at the time — had been and lamented that the Red Wings and Canucks, teams who had won a boatload of games in the previous two weeks, almost all by terribly convincing scores, would likely kill the Flames where they stood.
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December 27 2011 08:08PM
It's been said a lot how the Calgary Flames aren't a team that can play just one good period and win a hockey game. Well, on Tuesday night they played one decent period and were able to take a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, winning a fourth consecutive game for the first time this season. It wasn't a pretty one, but it's points the Flames need as they continue racking up points in the month of December.
December 27 2011 07:50PM
Final Score: 2-1 SOW
December 27 2011 04:39PM
The Blue Jackets haven't tasted a lot of success the last few years. Unless, of course, you count how often they seem to beat the Flames on home ice. For whatever reason Calgary has had issues defeating the Blue Jacets in their home rink in recent memory. They'll need to change that tonight to get the road trip off to a good start.
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December 27 2011 11:11AM
The Calgary Flames gave their fans a couple of nice Christmas gifts prior to this weekend, thanks to impressive and well earned wins over the Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks. Both teams were on very lengthy runs and both teams are considered among the elite for a reason; both times, the Flames utilized a solid gameplan to skate to regulation victory. Now they've got Columbus, the NHL's worst team, as Calgary looks for a fourth straight win (5 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960).