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The Lombo Leap

BoA Matt made an interesting point in the comments section the other day — Olli Jokinen’s play has a habit of making certain Flames fans nostalgic about Matthew Lombardi, but then they tend to miss him a lot less when they see the speedy Phoenix centreman (it’s now an international law that the word "speedy"…

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GDFD No. 27: Bourque Bourque Bourque

Welcome to the Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s 27th game of the season on Dec. 3, 2009. (That is, for some reason, the second picture that comes up when you Google "Rene Bourque.")

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Around the league – Dec 3, 2009

We are always projecting how a player will turn out, but is there an accurate formula? Some superstars reach and maintain their potential right away like Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin, while others take much longer before they become a productive scorer.

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And the winners are . . .

In October, each of Western Canada’s three National Hockey League entries recorded seven victories. In November, however, it was no contest. While the Flames took over top spot in the Northwest Division with 10 November wins (eight of them coming on the road), the Canucks went 7-5 while the Oilers lost 10 games (seven in…

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Chickens and eggs and whatnot

It’s Dec. 1, do you know where your Northwest Division club is? If you’re a devotee of the Calgary Flames, the answer to that question is encouraging, perhaps surprisingly so given what had seemed to be a gruesome November schedule.

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Around the League – Nov 26, 2009

***Some technical problems (four days of festivities at the Grey Cup, and misplacing my lap top) caused the delay it getting this posted, but here it is and the stats are all from Thursday, Nov 26 to remain consistent from week-to-week.***

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Semi-live from Columbus

Stop No. 2 of the Flames’ six-game roadie takes place Saturday from Columbus, Ohio. Join us during the contest (it’s on a Leafs-free CBC at 5 p.m. MST) for impertinent thoughts and off-the-cuff comments about the action at the Nationwide Arena. Be sure to check out TLP’s pre-game observations as FlamesNation’s intrepid game-day expert pines…