Battle of Alberta Season Opener/Oilers Preview

Kent Wilson
October 07 2010 12:00PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Taylor Hall, drafted first overall by the Edmonton Oilers, poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

(I find this pic hilarious for some reason)

Gametime: 8:00 pm MST

Where: Rexall Place


Seeing as the Oil are the Flames first opponent of the year, I decided to collapse the pre-game thread and Oilers preview into one article.

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Flames Season Preview Roundtable

Kent Wilson
October 07 2010 09:54AM

DALLAS - JANUARY 27: Center Olli Jokinen #21 of the Calgary Flames celebrates his goal with Jarome Iginla #12 against the Dallas Stars in the second period at American Airlines Center on January 27, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


Welcome to the start of the 2010-2011 season! Today, Flamesnation presents a roundtable discussion featuring our own Robert Cleave and Puck Daddy's Ryan Lambert. I asked the questions and the boys answered them. Feel free to append your own thoughts in the comments...

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NW Division Preview - Colorado

Robert Cleave
October 06 2010 08:24AM

Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny stretches before game six of the NHL quarterfinal playoffs against the San Jose Sharks at the Pepsi Center on April 24, 2010 in Denver. San Jose leads Colorado 3-2 in the series.  UPI/Gary C. Caskey Photo via Newscom


Flames Nation continues its preview of the other teams in the Northwest Division with a look at Colorado.

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Waiver Wire Madness

Kent Wilson
October 05 2010 11:02AM

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Center Brett Sutter #42 of the Calgary Flames skates up ice against the New York Islanders during an NHL game at the Nassau Coliseum on March 25, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)


With today being the last day to submit waiver lists, a lot of notable names hit the wire this morning with some of them getting scooped up.

On the Flames front, Matt Pelech and Cam Cunning cleared waivers while Brett Sutter was placed on the wire, no doubt with a view to sending him down. That cuts the hopefuls down to Brodie and Meyers in town, meaning they will both likely be on the roster come Thursday. 

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NW Division Preview - Vancouver

Robert Cleave
October 04 2010 09:35PM

MONTREAL- FEBRUARY 2: Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks skates during the NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens on February 2, 2010 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Canucks 3-2. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)


Over the next few days, Flames Nation will offer previews of every team in the Northwest division. To start off, here's an overview of the Vancouver Canucks.  

Regular season NW division champions: 103 points, 3rd seed in WC playoffs

Playoffs - Beat L.A. 4-2 in first round, lost 4-2 to Chicago in second round

Significant additions - Manny Malhotra, Raffi Torres, Dan Hamhuis, Keith Ballard

Injuries – Alexandre Burrows, and shockingly, Sami Salo

Key players – Sedins, Kesler, Luongo

Cap position tight

Predicted finish - 1st in the division

 The Canucks are this season's semi-fashionable pick to end Canada's Stanley Cup drought, given that they didn't lose any major contributors and might have added a couple of very nice, albeit somewhat overpaid D. The team also appears to have filled in a hole or two in their bottom six. As much as I might like to see them fail, Vancouver are division favourites for good reason.

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