Game No. 32: Hungry hungry home team

Ryan Lambert
December 16 2010 06:19PM

Nothing gets me excited like a game between the 24th- and 26th-place teams in the NHL.

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FGD: Is There a Game?

Pat Steinberg
December 16 2010 01:52PM

TORONTO - OCTOBER 26: Dion Phaneuf  of the Toronto Maple Leafs wears Hockey Fights Cancer sticker during action against the Florida Panthers during game action at the Air Canada Centre October 26, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Leafs won 3-1. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

If you haven't heard, Dion Phaneuf is back in town; and so are the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Well, if you are living in Florida, that's what's going on here in's the Flames and Leafs for the first time this season (7:30 pm, Sportsnet Flames and The FAN 960).  The blue and white fans will invade the 'Dome, and this should be fun tonight.

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Gameday Preview: Invasion

Robert Cleave
December 16 2010 10:25AM


TORONTO - NOVEMBER 2: Phil Kessel  of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates off after a loss to the Ottawa Senators during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre November 2, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)



Canada's Hockey Team and their accompanying horde make the ritual appearance in Calgary this evening, and the recent trading history between the clubs is dominating the coverage of the affair. That's understandable, obviously, but I think I'll let the professionals beat that shared history to a pulp and concentrate on what the Leafs actually are at the moment.


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December 15 News and Notes

Robert Cleave
December 15 2010 02:37PM


TORONTO, CANADA - DECEMBER 9: Dion Phaneuf  of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates off the ice after 4-1 loss during game action at the Air Canada Centre against the Philadelphia Flyers December 9, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)


The Flames are enjoying a last peaceful day before the onslaught of the blue-clad loons tomorrow evening, so it's as good a time as any for a look at a few items of interest. In this installment of the roundup, the Dion returns, one of the NHL's featured teams is in a ditch, and the City of Glendale decides financing a hockey team's purchase is a civic priority.


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On the Matt Stajan Scratch

Kent Wilson
December 14 2010 06:54PM

EDMONTON, CANADA - OCTOBER 16: Calgary Flames center Matt Stajan  stops with the puck against the Edmonton Oilers at the Scotiabank Saddledome on October 16, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Flames beat the Oilers 5-3. (Photo by Dylan Lynch/Getty Images)


Although the Flames have made a habit of scratching expensive defensemen this year, recently re-sisgned Matt Stajan has found himself in the stands for the last two contests. With the Flames winning the most recent game versus the Blue Jackets, it wouldn't surprise me if Stajan finds himself munching popcorn again on Thursday.

In fact, an extended winning streak during what might be the softest portion of the Flames schedule this year could potentially make what was previously the clubs de facto "#1 center" a regular observer. Hardly an ideal situation. 

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