December 16 2011 11:09AM
Seems like there's a bit of a groundswell in support of the idea of sitting Mikael Backlund for a few games. Points haven't been coming for the 22-year old center since his return and his rough second period last night probably lends credence to the notion.
I contend Mikael has been mostly excellent since he was re-activated, however.
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December 15 2011 08:38PM
The Calgary Flames had some really poor stretches of hockey Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which played a big part of them trailing 4-2 after two periods of play. They also had some very good spans of hockey, which was the main reason why they were able to force extra time with a pair of goals in the third period. In the end, a Steven Stamkos marker 30 seconds into overtime was the difference, with the Lightning prevailing 5-4.
December 15 2011 08:23PM
Final score: 5-4 OTL
December 15 2011 04:51PM
It's been a much tougher second season for neophyte GM Steve Yzerman. I thought he made a lot of good bets in his first summer in Tampa Bay, but this off-season was mostly spent grappling with Stamkos' contract extension and bleeding away some of the better, middle-tier pieces he had the year before. Bergenheim left, Gagne left and Mike Smith is suddenly a capable starter in the PHX.
Throw in the recent St. Louis injury, Roloson finally playing his age and Lecavalier proving to be grossly overpaid and you have a bit of a mess. The Bolts deph up front is limited and no one on the club is a proven ES performer in terms of possession.
Stamkos is a dangerous sniper and is a guy to look out for on the PP, but he's not a player who can play at both ends with aplomb yet. The Flames have a good chance at vicotry tonight if they can play mostly at ES and keep the kid off the scoreboard.
Nation World HQ
December 15 2011 11:52AM
Well, for this year anyway. For the only time this season, the Calgary Flames take on the Tampa Bay Lightning this season tonight as they continue a four game road trip (5:30 pm, Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960). Starting next year, the Flames will see the Lightning twice every year, but for now, this will be our only look at how Steven Stamkos et al fare against Calgary.