FGD: Big Smoke

Nation World HQ
February 14 2012 11:28AM

They call Toronto the Big Smoke for whatever reason, and the Maple Leafs will blow through Calgary tonight for their second of two meetings this season with the Calgary Flames (7 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960).  It's not like Toronto is on fire however, entering action tonight with losses in their last three games while the Flames look to continue a five game point streak.

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Vintage Flame
February 14 2012 08:37AM



... Good question. While Saturday’s win against the Canucks was huge for the team in that it got them to within a deuce of the eighth and final playoff seed, the Flames paid a pretty hefty price in doing so. Regardless of how you see Mikael Backlund’s role on this team - an offensive disappointment on a ticking clock, or a key defensive component in need of some time and patience - his injury during the Vancouver game means nothing but trouble for a team that isn’t getting any favours and by no means is taking the easy route to the post-season.

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Backlund out 4-6 Weeks

Kent Wilson
February 13 2012 02:33PM



Mikael Backlund's season from hell continues apace with the news today that he'll miss up to six weeks with an "upper body" (shoulder) injury. And although Mikael's lack of scoring has been well highlighted recently, the truth is his absence is even worse news for the the Flames.

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Sven baertschi Comparables

Kent Wilson
February 13 2012 12:17PM



Since the latest Sven Baertschi update here on FN, the Flames best prospect has gone another tear, scoring eight points in his last three games. The outburst has inched back near the 2.0 PPG mark and he is currently 14th in the WHL scoring despite playing about 20 less games than most of his peers.

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Black Box: Week 19

Robert Vollman
February 13 2012 08:44AM



“Vollman's articles are dry and boring - for math geeks not hockey fans.” - Kenta

Fortunately the action on the ice is more interesting than the coverage – five games into February and the Flames are yet to lose in regulation, boosting their statistical chances of a post-season appearance to the 33%-36% range, just short of their season high set in late December.  Calgary's currently in 9th place, two points back of the final playoff position.

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