Backlund out six weeks with Broken Finger

Kent Wilson
October 04 2011 10:01AM



The Flames depth at center has gone from crowded to thin this this pre-season. With Brendan Morrison already on the shelf, Mikael Backlund will join him on IR after a slash in practice has left him with a broken finger that requires surgery.

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Vintage Flame
October 04 2011 08:32AM



Pre-season has come to an end for the Calgary Flames. With quite a few of the veterans nursing the odd injury here and there, it gave the rookies some good playing time and the coaching staff a good look at who might be ready for the NHL and who still needed... a little work. After two weeks of routine cuts the Flames announced on Friday that Lance Bouma and Paul Byron would be assigned to Abbotsford, leaving Jordan Henry, Derek Smith and pre-season standout Roman Horak still with the parent club. An interesting end to training camp because despite a 3-3 record for the Flames, a lot of fans are rejoicing in the news out of New York, where the Rangers demoted Tim Erixon... Oh yeah! THAT guy! 

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Black Box: Goalies

Robert Vollman
October 03 2011 10:14AM



Every week this season we'll be providing a statistical update on the Flames, broken up into four sections.  First, an OZQoC chart to clarify the roles each player has been assigned, then the team's success with them on the ice at even-strength, followed by special teams, and finally a look at the goaltending.

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11/12 NW Preview: Colorado

Robert Cleave
October 02 2011 07:09PM



Our series of division previews continues with a look at the Avalanche. 


10/11 finish: 68 points, 4th in the NW, 14th in the Conference

Playoffs: none since 09/10

Key Players: Stastny, Duchene, Landeskog, Johnson, O' Reilly, Varlamov

Additions: Varlamov, Hejda, Landeskog

Subtractions: Foote, Fleischmann 

Cap Position: Floored

Projected finish: in the conference's bottom four

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The First Annual Nation Network Hockey Pool

Jonathan Willis
October 02 2011 02:19PM

Due to the high volume of requests, for the first time ever the Nation Network will launch a hockey pool open to all of our faithful readers! Details are after the jump.

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