October 08 2011 03:30PM


The 2011-12 NHL season is officially underway and there is a whole bunch of good this week on NationRadio to celebrate. Former Oiler Sean Brown chats with Lowetide as does Timo Seppa - Managing Editor of Hockey Prospectus, Thomas Drance from CanucksArmy, Oil Kings play by play man Corey Graham and finally Matt Bugg from Dobber Hockey.

This is NationRadio.

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FGD: Here We Go!

Pat Steinberg
October 08 2011 12:12PM

After far too long a summer, after weeks of training camp, after six preseason games, and after a nine day break, it's finally time to start the season for the Calgary Flames.  Every game matters.  It's the motto for the team this year, and after missing the playoffs by just three points one year ago, it's something that rings truer than ever.  To open the season, the Flames welcome the PIttsburgh Penguins (8 pm, CBC and Sportsnet 960).

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Welcome to FlamesNation 2011-2012

Kent Wilson
October 08 2011 09:31AM




The Summer doldrums are over. The air is already starting to chill and the trees are shedding their leaves. That means it's time to start another hockey season. We've done the summer previews, the analyses and the roundtables. Before the puck drops on the Flames new year, though, I want to take some time to describe what FlamesNation readers can expect out of the site this year.

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11/12 NW Preview: Vancouver Canucks

Kent Wilson
October 07 2011 05:07PM



10/11 finish: 117 points, First overall

Playoffs: Game 7 heartbreak

Key Players: Sedins X2, Kesler, Malhotra, Hamhuis, Luongo

Additions: Sturm, Weise, Bitz, Ebbett,

Subtractions: Ehrhoff, Glass, Torres

Cap Position: About $1.3 Left

Projected finish: top three in the conference

Last season was a play of three acts for the Canucks. The first act, the regular season, was mostly comedy in which the Canucks ran roughshod over their opponents and their fanbse further cemented themselves the least favored in the league. The second, the playoffs, was more tragedy where despite being heavy favorites the club once again failed to grab the ultimate prize, falling in seven games to the upstart Boston Bruins. And finally, there was the game seven riots; a farce if there ever was one.

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Season Preview: Flames Defense Reasonable Expectations

Kent Wilson
October 07 2011 03:44PM



This is the companion piece to my reasonable expectations for Flames forwards. We're talking about point totals here which are even worse at capturing a given players true value when it comes to defenders, but it's an interesting line the sand nonetheless.

I repeated the process I used for the forwards here: averaging each guy's scoring rate at both ES and on the PP from the last three seasons and then making some educated guesses about his ice time and extrapolating from there. Like the previous posts, I assumed about 48 ES minutes per game broken up between the six primary skaters, as well as six minutes on the PP.

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