FGD: December Rolls On

Nation World HQ
December 06 2011 11:47AM

Calgary's month of December is a busy one with a span of 16 games that really could help put their season on track or do the complete opposite.  After suffering a 5-1 loss to Vancouver on Sunday night, the Flames have an opportunity to turn this last little stretch into a good one.  A win tonight against Carolina could give Calgary points in five of six games, and it's a game the Flames should be expected to win (7 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960).

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NHL Realignment Approved

Jonathan Willis
December 05 2011 10:02PM

The NHL announced last night that its Board of Governors were able to come to an agreement on a realignment of the league, one that will abolish the current East/West system and instead create four different conferences.

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Leland Irving Called Up - Thoughts and Expectations

Kent Wilson
December 05 2011 12:22PM


With regular back-up Henrik Karlsson out with a sprained MCL, the Flames have called up former first round pick Leland Irving from the Abbotsford Heat. Irving has been the farm club's prohibitive #1 for the last couple of seasons and has started an AHL high 23-games so far this year.

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Black Box: Week 9

Robert Vollman
December 05 2011 09:48AM



Three very strong games got the Calgary Flames five points, boosting them to exactly where they were last year at this point.  Weekly followers of the Black Box know that their goaltending and even-strength play has been reasonable, but they'll need much-improved special teams play and more even-strength offense to get the 73 points in the 57 remaining games (.640, like Chicago and 6 other current teams) to clinch their first play-off berth since Mike Keenan was behind the bench and Mike Cammalleri was their leading goal-scorer.

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Nation Network Hockey Pool, December 4th Edition

Jonathan Willis
December 04 2011 10:56PM

Martin Brodeur is killing my team, and the teams of a bunch of different entrants. His zero shutouts and 0.879 SV% give him a pool value of -52.5, by far the worst of any current player. Nobody carrying him on their team is in the top-25 this week.

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