The Nation Minute: 11.4.14

Nation World HQ
November 04 2014 09:33AM


The Nation Network brings you the Nation Minute, a rapid fire look at news, stats and fun facts across the network and the NHL.

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The Clock Is Ticking For Mikael Backlund

Ryan Pike
November 03 2014 09:30AM

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For the first month of the season, many around the Calgary Flames probably had a similar thought. While traditional possession giants T.J. Brodie and Mark Giordano continued their strong Corsi work unabated as the new season began - and Paul Byron began to prove that his strong work when he was healthy late last season probably was an indicator of future work - one of the usual suspects was conspicuous by his absence.

The common thought? "What the heck is up with Mikael Backlund?"

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Post-Game: They Beat Carey Price Five Times

Ryan Pike
November 02 2014 08:23PM

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After going 4-2-0 on their season-opening six game road trip, I've learned not to doubt the Calgary Flames. But hey, they were playing Montreal at home, where the Habs are undefeated, so let's just say the odds were stacked against them.

But then the Flames proved themselves ignorant of the odds - like the Han Solo of the Western Conference ("Never tell me the odds!") - and beat Montreal 6-2 to win their season series with the old rivals.

It's been a strange season.

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FGD #13: Beat Carey Price (5pm MT; City TV)

Ryan Pike
November 02 2014 09:00AM

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October is in the books and now, it's time to begin the second month of the regular season. And to close out a season series, because that's how we roll.

The Calgary Flames (6-4-2) close out their season series with the Montreal Canadiens (8-2-1) tonight, in the teams' second meeting in a week. I mean, Montreal played Calgary on Tuesday, flew to play Vancouver on Thursday (they lost 3-2 in overtime) and then flew home. Calgary played on Friday and then flew to Montreal. Both teams are rested, but Montreal is really well-rested.

Anyhoo, Calgary's seeking sweet revenge for losing to Montreal 2-1 in a shootout on Tuesday in a fantastic game. Now Calgary gets a rematch, albeit without a lot of their key roster plays.

The puck drops at 5pm MT on City TV as part of Hometown Hockey - if you're in Central Alberta, everything's happening in Red Deer today. Check it out!

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Prospect Round-Up (November 1 2014)

Ryan Pike
November 01 2014 11:23AM

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The Flames are traveling today, as they whisk their way to Montreal to prepare for their game tomorrow against the Canadiens.

In the meantime, decompress, have a cup of coffee and enjoy this super-brief look at how the Flames prospects are doing this weekend.

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