October 08 2011 06:39PM
It's that time again. Flames face the Crosby-less Penguins tonight. That sounds like a boon, but this is the club that managed 100+ points without both Sid the Kid and Malkin in the line-up for large portions of the season last. Pittsburgh has some of the biggest names in the game, but that sometimes overshadows the fact that they have one of the strongest overall squads in the league from top-to-bottom.
No easy win tonight, even with Crosby on the sidelines.
October 08 2011 03:30PM
The 2011-12 NHL season is officially underway and there is a whole bunch of good this week on NationRadio to celebrate. Former Oiler Sean Brown chats with Lowetide as does Timo Seppa - Managing Editor of Hockey Prospectus, Thomas Drance from CanucksArmy, Oil Kings play by play man Corey Graham and finally Matt Bugg from Dobber Hockey.
This is NationRadio.
October 08 2011 12:12PM
After far too long a summer, after weeks of training camp, after six preseason games, and after a nine day break, it's finally time to start the season for the Calgary Flames. Every game matters. It's the motto for the team this year, and after missing the playoffs by just three points one year ago, it's something that rings truer than ever. To open the season, the Flames welcome the PIttsburgh Penguins (8 pm, CBC and Sportsnet 960).
October 08 2011 09:31AM
The Summer doldrums are over. The air is already starting to chill and the trees are shedding their leaves. That means it's time to start another hockey season. We've done the summer previews, the analyses and the roundtables. Before the puck drops on the Flames new year, though, I want to take some time to describe what FlamesNation readers can expect out of the site this year.
October 07 2011 05:07PM
10/11 finish: 117 points, First overall
Playoffs: Game 7 heartbreak
Key Players: Sedins X2, Kesler, Malhotra, Hamhuis, Luongo
Additions: Sturm, Weise, Bitz, Ebbett,
Subtractions: Ehrhoff, Glass, Torres
Cap Position: About $1.3 Left
Projected finish: top three in the conference
Last season was a play of three acts for the Canucks. The first act, the regular season, was mostly comedy in which the Canucks ran roughshod over their opponents and their fanbse further cemented themselves the least favored in the league. The second, the playoffs, was more tragedy where despite being heavy favorites the club once again failed to grab the ultimate prize, falling in seven games to the upstart Boston Bruins. And finally, there was the game seven riots; a farce if there ever was one.