Splitsville Post-game

Kent Wilson
September 22 2010 10:53AM

Calgary Flames Steve Staios (R) tries to stop Vancouver Canucks Manny Malhotra from scoring into the open net during the third period of their NHL pre-season hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia September 21, 2010.     REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA)

Boxscore (3-2)

Boxscore (3-1)


The Flames beat the Canucks kids/hopefuls yesterday in both games, 3-2 at home and 3-1 in Vancouver. I missed the action for both owing to some cable confusion, but the gamethread below has some on-the-fly observations for those looking for re-caps. Other thoughts and such are welcome in the comments.

Luckily, the NHL kept the stats for the games last night, so here are some items of interest:

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Preseason Games Nos. 1 and 2: Splitsville

Ryan Lambert
September 21 2010 04:51PM

Today is the first day we will see NHL players doing their jobs in a competitive format since last June, and it's been considerably longer than that since we saw anyone do it in a Flames jersey. Whether that's a good or bad thing remains to be seen, I suppose, but as far as the competition goes, well, you may want to temper your excitement.

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Preseason Gameday Update - September 21st

Pat Steinberg
September 21 2010 01:12PM

PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 5: Olli Jokinen #21 and Jarome Iginla #12 of the Calgary Flames skate against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center March 5, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flames defeated the Flyers 5-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

As the Calgary Flames get set for the Vancouver Canucks in a split squad affair tonight, here's what we can tell you.  I think everybody gets the concept now, one game in Calgary (7 pm, FAN 960 and Sportsnet Flames) and one game in Vancouver (8 pm).  But we can also give you a little more as to what you'll see, specifically at the Dome this evening.

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Flames Game Day(s): Prelude

Robert Cleave
September 20 2010 11:12PM


UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Forward Rene Bourque #17 of the Calgary Flames waits for a face off 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)



The Flames begin the preliminary phase of the season with a pair of encounters against the Canucks, and while the pre-season has merely been a place for the veterans to ease in to things for past clubs, this fall might actually see an expensive player have a meeting with the Turk. That decision is still a few weeks out, though, so this evening will mostly act as a last chance for a few marginal types to get a game in the Flaming C before being sent away.


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Red and White Game Observations

Kent Wilson
September 20 2010 04:33PM

Calgary Flames' Olli Jokinen skates with the puck during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Calgary in this January 13, 2010 file photo. Flames general manager Darryl Sutter announced on July 1, 2010 that Jokinen has been signed to a two-year contract with the Flames starting this September. REUTERS/Todd Korol/Files  (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)


I managed to catch a large portion of the Flames intra squad game this afternoon. Here are some of my thoughts and obseervations in no discernable order:

- The speed and intensity for what was a largely meaningless scrimmage was up there. It was, for example, far more interesting than the NHL all-star game (but what isn't right?). Nobody was taking a day off this afternoon and that included the vets.

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