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The Battle Of Alberta Continues On Saturday

The Edmonton Oilers host the Calgary Flames on Saturday night and if a team needs a win, it is the Oilers.

Rumors around Edmonton are plenty including fire the coach and make a trade for a top 4 defenseman and a goalie.

Not the easiest thing to do when your team is against the cap and the stars are slumping.

On to the battle between the two teams as explained here-

The Battle of Alberta is one of hockey’s great rivalries.

Ever since the Atlanta Flames moved 1,914 miles north to Calgary in 1980, Alberta has played host to some of the NHL’s fiercest games, most exciting moments, and one of its most famous dynasties.

Although the standard of hockey in Alberta has dipped since the Oilers and Flames won six of eight Stanley Cups between them in the 80s, the rivalry between the two teams remains intense.

n ongoing feud between Matthew Tkachuk and Zack Kassian, along with the shifted schedule for the 2020-21 campaign, which saw them face off 10 times within four months, has really reignited the hatred between the Flames - who are trending upwards in the NHL lines to win the 2022 Stanley Cup - and the Oilers.

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A Much Needed Team Win For The Calgary Flames

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Four points for Johnny Gaudreau, three for Matthew Tkachuk, two for the Calgary Flames and one hell of a way to snap a four-game losing skid.

Forget about measuring-stick games, this was simply a measured approach to the type of game the Flames needed to get back to.

Few could have predicted they’d do it against Sam Bennett and the white-hot Florida Panthers, who’ve spent the last month averaging six goals a game.

Yet, there they were, returning to the recipe that had the Flames atop the NHL standings six weeks earlier, winning 5-1 over a team that stood at the top entering play on Tuesday night.

Showing no signs of the play that landed them losses in eight of their previous 10, the Flames got back to the complete team effort that has eluded them the last month.

Everything wrong with the club of late went right Tuesday.

Consider:

• The power play, which has limped into 2022, scored twice early, including the game-opener less than five minutes in when Rasmus Andersson scored his first of the season.

• Sean Monahan, who has been struggling all season , scored twice, and made several big plays to remind people of the finish he used to exhibit far more than the six times he’s done so this year.

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A Bad Road Trip For The Calgary Flames

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

The evidence is indisputable, the Calgary Flames are still a tier or two down from being amongst the league’s elite.

No newsflash there.

No shame either, as the team just capped a gruelling trip with consecutive losses to three of the league’s top five outfits.

Supporters can take solace in the fact that in all three affairs the Flames found a way to keep the game close, for varying stretches, despite being clearly outplayed.

However, all three games got away from them in the third and wound up being convincing losses that saw the Panthers score five unanswered goals; the Lightning score four straight; and the Hurricanes post an uninterrupted quartet.

Some might call them lapses, others would deem them inevitabilities.

Either way, they added up to a humbling punctuation on measuring stick games that saw the Flames outscored 16-6.

That’s not how they hoped or envisioned stacking up against the east’s beasts.

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The Calgary Flames Keep On Rolling

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

More shots than a New Year’s Eve party.

That’s how the Calgary Flames celebrated their first game of 2022, taking a club record 26 shots on goal in a second period Sunday that put on display exactly how Darryl Sutter’s team wants — and needs — to play.

While some still mistake their game as being “defence-first,” the true calling card of this club is a tenacious forecheck that, when fully engaged, keeps the opposition on its heels in its own zone.

Mission accomplished Sunday, giving the Flames a 5-1 win in Chicago for their second straight victory since the team emerged from its shocking Covid break.

The ability to rest and recharge through a 19-day break in action due to Omicron should continue to serve the team well.

“I think the second period just showed how we can play when we’re playing good hockey and have a lot of shots and create a lot of chances,” said Elias Lindholm

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The Calgary Flames Could Not Hold On To A Lead

from Mike Koreen and Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

It took eight minutes for the Calgary Flames to turn a 3-1 second-period lead into a 4-3 deficit they couldn’t claw back from.

It took even less time for the coach to point out how it was possible.

“Our defence had a really rough night,” said Darryl Sutter following Tuesday’s 5-3 loss in San Jose against the Sharks.

“The six defencemen played like an exhibition game.”

Hoping to wrap up a four-game western roadie with their third win, the Flames started the evening by doing plenty of what this team has staked its first-place season on.

They opened the scoring 97 seconds in and proceeded to outshoot and outchance their opponents en route to a 3-1 lead four minutes into the second.

And then it turned.

At a time when it appeared the Flames would ride it out with a smothering finish, they squandered a power play and allowed three quick goals to a Sharks team that would have had no business being in the game if not for Adin Hill and his 40 saves.

This was a game the Flames should have been able to close out, and they knew it.

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Playing Darryl Sutter’s Way

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

The Calgary Flames are the stingiest team in the NHL as we approach U.S. Thanksgiving, but it isn’t terribly surprising.

Darryl Sutter hockey, an updated version, is in full force with the Flames through the opening six weeks of the NHL season, Calgary allowing just 1.89 goals per game. They’ve also had seven shutouts this season. Crazy.

It’s not just the excellent goaltending of starter Jacob Markstrom (.942 SP in 14 games) and backup Dan Vladar (.945 SP in five games) but obviously also the play in front of them.

“I’ve been more impressed with them than anybody,’’ Sabres head coach Don Granato told The Athletic on Monday, his team blanked 5-0 last Thursday by the Flames. “They’ve got so much confidence in their game right now that they’re just immersed in their own game. It shows. They’ve got the mojo right now.

“There’s a calmness to them. They don’t get rattled,’’ Granato added. “They know there’s going to be a chance somewhere and they’re going to jump on it and bury it… Very balanced team. Enough size, enough strength, enough skill, and enough calmness. Very balanced.’’

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Johnny Gaudreau Has Been Great

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Sitting seventh in NHL scoring as the catalyst of one of the league’s most prolific trios, he’s back to being one of the world’s most electrifying playmakers.

What few saw coming was that he’s also quietly gone about incorporating a defensive responsibility into his game that has him leading the league in a stat few would ever have associated with him.

Gaudreau is one of just two players with over 100 minutes of ice time that has yet to be scored on 5-on-5. The other is Matthew Tkachuk, which says plenty about the impact their top line has had this season, outscoring the opposition 11-0 at even-strength as a line.

It’s been a tremendous response from the 28-year-old winger who was the subject of endless trade speculation over the summer, when it was clear no one was interested in ponying up significantly for the pending free agent.

Finishing below a point-per-game pace for the last two seasons, Gaudreau found himself struggling early on in Sutter's return to Calgary, picking up whatever points he could get on the power play.

This year only two of his points have come with the man advantage, which is shocking given the team's power play is ranked tenth in the league. He's done his best work at even strength, when offence is much harder to come by.

Gaudreau's six goals and 13 assists have helped the Flames get off to a 9-3-5 record that has them second in the west, second in goals against and amongst the league leaders in shots on goal, chances and general excitement offensively.

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The Darryl Sutter Way

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

If Craig Conroy hadn’t seen it before, he might not have believed it was possible.

Just as Darryl Sutter did almost two decades earlier when he transformed Conroy’s struggling Calgary club into a Stanley Cup finalist, the Jolly Rancher has reinvented the Flames once again.

Contrary to popular belief heading into the season, this team is good.

As in, 7-1-3 good.

And the man chiefly responsible for bringing the best out of a previously beleaguered bunch is indeed Sutter.

“When I played it out in my mind, this is kind of what I was hoping for – this is what you think Darryl can do,” said Conroy, the Flames centre-turned assistant GM when asked how much credit Sutter deserves for the team’s shocking start.

“I think a lot of this has to do with Darryl. I know it’s early, but this is a Darryl Sutter hockey team.”

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Video- Matthew Tkachuk Fined For High-Sticking

NEW YORK (Nov. 5, 2021) – Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for high-sticking Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg during NHL Game No. 154 in Calgary on Thursday, Nov. 4, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.


Video is below.

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