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11/12 NW Preview: Minnesota

                 As the season nears, Flames Nation begins its look ahead to the competition, such as it is, that the Flames will face in the Northwest Division. First up, the Minnesota Wild. 10/11 finish: 86 points, 3rd in the NW, 12th in the Conference Playoffs: none since 07/08…

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Flames Cut Byron and Bouma

    Calgary has re-assigned Paul Byron and Lance Bourma to the Abbotsford Heat today. Roman Horak, Derek Smith and Jordan Henry are therefore one step closer to making the big club.

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Flames 2011-2012 Goats and Stars

    With the unpleasant memories of last season finally fading and new hope springing up in their place, it’s time to start publishing our predictions and previews. We’ll begin by reviving an old Nations tradition – picking goats and stars for the upcoming year. Who do you think we’ll become your fan favorite –…

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Postgame: Strong Finish

Photo credit: Terence Leung, calgaryflames.com The Calgary Flames finished their 2011 preseason with a 4-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes Thursday at the Saddledome, a decent finish to their exhibition schedule.  The Coyotes iced a fairly veteran laden lineup and were probably the best competition the Flames have faced thus far; Calgary controlled most of…

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FGD: And Then There Were Nine

A nine day break follows Calgary’s final preseason game tonight, as they take on the Phoenix Coyotes, hoping to finish their exhibition schedule with a bang (7 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet Radio FAN 960).  It’s a ‘Yotes lineup with plenty of NHL experience, so this will be one of the better evaluating opportunities the team has had…

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CHERISH YOUR FATHER

     Eleven has been my favourite number since I can remember. I had short affairs with some higher ups like 17, 19 and 23, but 11 has always been the number that made me feel the most confident. It is strange how a lucky number can impact our psyche or our minds, yet today…

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Flames Comparables: Moss and Morrison

    Every Thursday we’re using the Snepsts system to project how many points each of the Flames may score this year.  The Snepsts system, explained over at Hockey Prospectus, searches history for players with similar statistics (adjusted for era scoring levels) and uses their future performance as yardsticks for today’s. We’ve already looked at…

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The Matt Stajan Situation

    With just one pre-season game remaining on the schedule, the Flames have a couple of hopefuls still kicking around camp. Jordan Henry and Derek Smith are the guys on the back-end, although their presence has as much to do with the injuries to Cory Sarich and Brett Carson than anything else. Things are much more interesting…

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Postgame: Preseason Shutout

The Calgary Flames got back on the winning side of their preseason schedule, using a 13 save performance from Henrik Karlsson to get by the New York Islanders 2-0 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  It’s the second to last exhibition contest for the Flames, who easily controlled an overmatched Islanders squad who had next to no desire…

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FGD: Minus Two

The Calgary Flames play their second to last preseason game tonight when they welcome the New York Islanders to the Scotiabank Saddledome (7 pm, TSN and Sportsnet Radio FAN 960).  Calgary got some positive injury news yesterday, and as they move towards a healthier lineup, it looks to be pretty close to an NHL lineup tonight.

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Plenty of Updates

Flames GM Jay Feaster joined us on Sportsnet Radio FAN 960 Monday afternoon and gave us some good tidbits of information following Calgary’s 14 training camp cuts earlier in the day.  More than anything, the news items surrounded injuries with the team, as there were good news bits involving Jarome Iginla and Cory Sarich.

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Black Box: Special Teams

    Every Monday we’ll be producing a statistical summary of the Flames, starting with an OZQoC chart to describe each player’s role and put their stats into context, followed by their even-strength data, and finally the piece being described today – their performance on the special teams.