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December 27 2011 11:11AM
The Calgary Flames gave their fans a couple of nice Christmas gifts prior to this weekend, thanks to impressive and well earned wins over the Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks. Both teams were on very lengthy runs and both teams are considered among the elite for a reason; both times, the Flames utilized a solid gameplan to skate to regulation victory. Now they've got Columbus, the NHL's worst team, as Calgary looks for a fourth straight win (5 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960).
December 27 2011 10:51AM
Prior to the season, I marked the Flames as a 7-10 club in the west. It's not a terribly wide range in terms of actual results - probably 1-2 wins over 82 games. It's a big difference when it comes to consequences however - at 7-8, the Flames sneak into the post-season and give us (and the ownership) something else to cheer for in April. At 9-10, the club picks in the low teens in the draft and the chances of a full-blown, scorched earth rebuild grow exponentially.
December 26 2011 02:29PM
(The Nations will also be bringing you some WJC coverage now and then this holiday season. Andrey Osadchenko starts us off with an in-depth look at Team Russia)
What is the first thing that pops up in your mind when you think of Team Russia? It’s their skilled and crazy fast offense, isn’t it? How often would you say it has worked for Alex Ovechkin’s compatriots? That’s right – not so often. Something needed to be added. As we learned last season – that secret ingredient was will to fight till the end.
December 26 2011 01:05PM
We sincerely hope that this special holiday edition of NationRadio finds you in good health and in good spirits. All the very best to you and yours and here's to a most excellent 2012.
As hoped by many, this week's show is laden with previews of the 2012 World Junior Championships as well as some talk about the Oilers and the Flames.
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December 26 2011 09:34AM
Christmas came right on time for the Calgary Flames, picking up 6 points in 4 games to pull into 10th place in the Western Conference, just two points back of Nashville Predators in 8th, who are 1 point back of the Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks.