FGD: Getting Buff

Pat Steinberg
November 04 2011 12:13PM

After an impressive 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night, the Calgary Flames play game two of a three game road trip tonight in Buffalo (5:30 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960).  As disturbing as the above picture may be, I felt the Flames flexed a little defensive muscle last night in holding the Red Wings off the scoreboard at even strength as they look for a similar effort tonight against the Sabres.

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Postgame: By the Numbers

Pat Steinberg
November 03 2011 08:22PM

One of the main calling cards of the Calgary Flames during their improbable run last season was their ability to abide by the "don't get too high, don't get too low" mantra.  After a 5-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, the Flames responded with a decent outing in Detroit to kick off a three game road trip, taking a 4-1 win over the Red Wings.  It wasn't anything special or overly dominating, which is exactly what the doctor ordered.

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Flames Scoring Chances - Game 11 versus Detroit Red Wings

Kent Wilson
November 03 2011 08:06PM



Final: 4-1W

Final Summary


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Game 11 - Flames vs. Red Wings Live Chat

Kent Wilson
November 03 2011 05:02PM

The Flames have failed the first two big tests the've faced this season in the Penguins and the Canucks. Both opponents handed the Flames their asses without much issue, which of course has been Calgary's weakness for three or four years running now - an inability to match up to the upper echelon clubs.

The Red Wings enter tonight on mini tailspin, but that's not indicative of the quality of the team. They remain amongst the NHL's heavy hitters and are a formidable adversary, particularly in their own barn. Calgary will have to be vastly better relative to their performances against Vancouver and Pittsburgh in order to have a chance this evening.

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Why Giving Pekka Rinne A Huge Contract Was A Bad Idea

Jonathan Willis
November 03 2011 02:30PM

The Nashville Predators made waves on Thursday by signing Pekka Rinne to a seven year, $49-million contract. It is the largest contract in the history of one of the NHL’s smallest markets, and it instantly establishes Rinne as the cornerstone for the team for most of the next decade.

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