November 18 2016 10:02AM
It is still early in the season, but the Winnipeg Jets have already provided some ups and downs for fans. Major injuries have been a big down.
The injuries started early on with Bryan Little falling almost right away, and since then the Jets injury reserve climbed up to a peak of nine regular roster players.
With the injuries came opportunity, and two players have made the most of their opportunity.
November 18 2016 10:00AM
The Flames' season so far has been a disappointing one, not just because of their poor start, but because there are a number of players who haven't delivered.
Sure, there have been the bright spots and pleasant surprises. But for the most part, there have been a bunch of guys we expect more out of - and rightfully so, based on recent history - that simply haven't shown up yet.
That doesn't mean they won't, though. And there's plenty of reason to expect those struggling to turn things around sooner or later. Whether it's soon enough to make a difference to this season is as of yet undetermined - but these are still players who should be worth keeping around for a while yet.
November 18 2016 08:00AM
It's been a bad start to the Flames 2016-17 season. Actually, that's an understatement - it's been a terrible, nightmarish start to the season. The special teams are still awful, the goaltending is still underwhelming and all the stars have struggled in unison. Calgary is only a few places out of last place because they've played more games than most everyone else.
So it's been rough.
But it hasn't been all bad. In fact, the terrible record is actually overshadowing some pleasant surprises and enduring bright spots that have managed pop up through the gloom so far.
So without further adieu here's the five best things about the Flames year so far.
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November 18 2016 05:00AM
Flames lose Gaudreau 6 weeks, Leafs need to be in on Dougie Hamilton if available, Jets youngsters rolling, Oilers offense is missing, Jake Virtanen saga continues, Eric Lindros inducted into the Hall of Fame, NHL power rankings, why the scoring chance is a flawed stat and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
November 17 2016 12:00PM
We're over 20% of the way through the 2016-17 Calgary Flames schedule and there are quite a few things to talk about. In light of the injury to Johnny Gaudreau and general whispers of an officiating conspiracy in the aftermath of Dennis Wideman's altercation with Don Henderson in January, we felt the need to dig into officiating in Calgary's games so far this season.
We have two broad questions to explore: Is Johnny Gaudreau drawing fewer penalties than he used to? And are the Flames as a team drawing fewer penalties than they used to?