Gameday Preview: Stuck in the MIddle with Blue (Jackets)

Kent Wilson
December 13 2010 10:21AM

COLUMBUS,OH - DECEMBER 11: R.J. Umberger  of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates after his teammate Antoine Vermette  of the Columbus Blue Jackets scored a power play goal against the New York Rangers on December 11, 2010 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)


The Blue Jackets are one of those few clubs technically within reach of the Flames this year, with 33 points and a couple of games in hand. It's a familiar position for Columbus, who have perenially battled (and mostly failed) to find the post season for years now. The club's inception and initial years of operation were marred by the boobery of Doug MacLean, but the franchise managed to shake off the stink of failure when they replaced him with Scott Howson. At least enough to be competitive.

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Postgame: A Valiant Effort Comes Up Short

Pat Steinberg
December 10 2010 11:41PM

DETROIT - NOVEMBER 21: Jarome Iginla  of the Calgary Flames takes a slap shot against the Detroit Red Wings during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on November 21, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

It was a game where Calgary probably deserved a better fate, especially the way they dominated things in the third period, but in the end, they'd fall 3-2 in a shootout in Anaheim.  Calgary erased a 2-0 deficit in the third period to force extra time, and once you get to overtime and a shootout, roll a dice or flip a coin...the Ducks come away with the two points.

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Flames Scoring Chances - Game 30 versus Anaheim

Kent Wilson
December 10 2010 11:05PM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20424

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Game No. 30: No echo

Ryan Lambert
December 10 2010 06:34PM

Hey the Flames have a chance to win again.

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FGD: Duck Hunting

Pat Steinberg
December 10 2010 01:10PM

The Calgary Flames look to bounce back after a tough 2-1 loss in Los Angeles last night; tonight, it's their first meeting with the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center (8 pm, Sportsnet Flames and The FAN 960).  For Calgary, they're back to three games below the .500 mark, and once again, they're playing a team they need to chase down at some point.

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