November 01 2011 11:42PM
Despite the two teams both coming into this game with .500 records, the Canucks showed that when they need to, they can bury a team with one foot in the grave. The Flames had put together some much needed wins. Even though they didn't look all that convincing, they had been able to hold on and out last their opposition. That just wasn't going to fly tonight however, and the Canucks made them pay by coming out strong and fast right from the get-go.
November 01 2011 10:15PM
November 01 2011 06:54PM
Despite their record, the Canucks remain one of the best teams in the west, if not in the NHL and represent a real test for the Flames at the tail end of this home stand. Calgary is getting some things done mostly on the back of depth players at ES, but it's a "Canucks" class of team that has proven to be the issue these last few, playoff-less years.
There's no reason to believe that the club will suddenly start trading punches with the big boys, but if the Flames are truly to battle for the post-season this year, they'll have to pull a few out against the best in the league once in a while. Perhaps tonight will be one of those times.
November 01 2011 11:37AM
Seeing the Calgary Flames start the month of November with a .500 record isn't overly surprising, knowing what expectations were heading into the season. Seeing the Vancouver Canucks also at .500 after the first month of the season is slightly more surprising, knowing how annoyingly elite they were last season. Tonight, for the first time this season, the two bitter rivals hook up at the Saddledome (7:30 pm, TSN and Sportsnet 960).
October 31 2011 03:08PM
We're one month in and the Flames have failed to set the hockey world aflame (pun intended and preemptively apologized for). Rob sums up Calgary's underlying numbers in the post below, but here are some other thoughts about the club's first four weeks of action kicking around my head heading into November.