November 25 2012 08:42AM
After the jump, the best of the Nations from this past week, including a bunch of lockout talk, whether the Sedin twins are Hall of Fame-calibre players, which unknown Europeans might deserve an NHL shot, the best and worst jerseys in Oilers history, a healthy dose of comedy and a look at the only player to compete for the Grey Cup and Stanley Cup in the same season.
November 24 2012 12:40PM
Time: 6:00 pm MST
Location: AT&T Center
Broadcast: abbotsfordheat.com, teamradio.ca
Although Abbotsford outshot Texas 29-19 last night it took until overtime for the Heat to break the scoreless tie and emerge victorious. Danny Taylor's shut-out was the fifth of the season (!) for the team so far and the win moved them to second overall in the Western Conference with 25 points.
The Heat have a good chance to jump into first place this evening in San Antonio. The Rampage are the worst team in the AHL currently (four wins and 10 points in 15 games). They have lost five of their last six games and managed just two victories in their last 10.
November 23 2012 08:29PM
Last week Leo Komarov was riding a bus with the AHL's Toronto Marlies. Now he's on a line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. Not bad.
The NHL keeps cancelling games, and the KHL keeps churning them out. I hope you like the videos we're putting out, and as always, I'd love your feedback.
November 23 2012 03:46PM
Location: Cedar Park Center, Texas
Broadcast: abbotsfordheat.com, teamreadio.ca
The Heat have had four days to lick their wounds after a beat down at the hands of the Toronto Marlies. Abbotsford had looked nearly immortal this year up until the Marlies humbled them 5-0 last Sunday afternoon, but today they'll look to get back to their winning ways.
Aside from Ben Street, a lot of he Heat's scorers have been silent over the last few games, so the club will need names like Sven Baertschi, Roman Horak and Dustin Sylvester to get back on the scoresheet if they want to win. Word is Baertschi has been creating chances every game, but the puck just hasn't been going in.
November 23 2012 11:39AM
As Ryan Pike illustrated in detail recently, the Calgary Flames suddenly have a lot of goaltenders in the system (even though, technically, Danny Taylor and Barry Brust are only on AHL deals currently.) Irving was chosen in 2006 in the first round and will turn 25 years old in April. He has seven NHL games under his belt but is currently the third goaltender in the rotation down on the farm.
The assumption is he will nevertheless duel for the back-up position in Calgary when and if the season 2012-13 season begins, but the real question surrounds Irving's long-term future in the system given the club's plethora of options.
Of course, that wholly depends on what Irving's true talent level is. If he's better at stopping the puck than the rest of the hopefuls, the crowding in the crease is irrelevant. If he isn't, however, then this will likely be his last season as a Calgary Flame prospect.