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December 08 2011 11:44AM
It seems all the Calgary Flames do lately is beat the Colorado Avalanche (or Edmonton Oilers). In the case of the former, the Flames have taken eight consecutive victories over them, sometimes in crushing fashion and sometimes in bizarre fashion. Any fashion will work for tonight, as Calgary plays host to Colorado for the fourth meeting between the teams this season (7 pm, Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960).
December 08 2011 10:03AM
The first three episodes of the NHLNumbers podcast focused mostly on definitions and theory in general. In episode four, we move on to applying what we've talked about to particular teams/players/news in the league. This week, we decided to focus on the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers - a couple of clubs with a lot to talk about and great writers to talk with. Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post and ESPN as well as Geoff Detweiler of Broadstreet Hockey stop by to share their insights.
December 07 2011 03:01PM
I was recently asked by frequent commenter the-wolfe to look at a hypothetical trade of Matt Stajan for Tomas Kaberle. The thinking is that perhaps the Flames can swap problem contracts with the Hurricanes while perhaps adding some depth to a blueline that is suddenly puddle deep.
On the surface, Kaberle doesn't seem like a terrible target. A former all-star, he's scored 40+ points from the blueline eight times, including 47 last year split between the Bruins and Leafs. Kaberle isn't young at 33-years old but he's also not exactly in the what most would consider the twilight years either.
December 07 2011 01:03PM
Final Score: 7-6W
December 07 2011 09:23AM
(Ryan Lambert makes his triumphant return to FlamesNation today with his new weekly column "five things")
Here are five things I've been thinking about the Flames this week:
1. This team has a real perception problem
That much should be obvious to anyone at this point. The issue is not (or at least no longer just) that they believe that this is a team that can compete for a playoff spot, or even that they think simply being able to compete for a playoff spot is an acceptable level for a franchise making this type of financial commitment to the team.