October 18 2011 10:11PM
October 18 2011 06:20PM
The Oilers are off to a better than expected start. The Flames have been incredibly sluggish.
Calgary has owned the BofA the last few years, but there's some question whether that will continue much longer. Can Oil can begin the turn around tonight in Calgary or will the Flames manage to prolong their dominance for just a bit longer?
October 18 2011 11:47AM
The Calgary Flames play round one of the Battle of Alberta tonight, playing host to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time this season (7:30 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960). While the Flames have struggled in getting off to a 1-3 start, the Oilers have kicked their season off with a bang, thanks in large part to their last two number one overall picks. With how things have gone lately for Calgary, a loss at home to their provincial rivals could have many inching much closer to that panic button.
October 17 2011 01:00PM
So Flames have one win in four games and the "first line" has been notably behind the play much of the time. Jarome Iginla has a single point so far and it's a power play goal. They've been greatly outplayed in all but a handful of shifts.
This has all been fairly obvious to most Flames fans so far. The resultant focus and theoretical remedy seems to be replacing David Moss as the "number one" center. While there are superficial reasons why this seems like a the needed fix (not a natural center, low career point total, struggling at faceoffs) the truth is the real culprit for the first lines struggles is standing behind the bench.
October 17 2011 09:09AM
Every Monday we'll be posting a weekly statistical update on how the Flames have fared with each of their individual players on the ice. Last week was rather tame, but now that we have four games worth of data, things ought to start getting interesting.