Looking into the Flames' new penalty kill

October 14 2016 09:00AM

One of the few positives to exist in the first game of the regular season was the improved special teams, specifically the Calgary Flames' penalty kill. This season is significant, with hopes of the team finding success after last season's fraudulent excuse for a PK.

On Wednesday night we caught a glimpse into what Paul Jerrard was preaching throughout training camp and the preseason: an aggressive, intelligent penalty kill that is opportunistic in every sense of the word.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
October 14 2016 05:00AM

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Auston Mattew's has ridiculous first NHL game, McDavid puts on a show at Rogers Place, Jets have reason's to be excited, Flames fall flat in opener, Oilers dump Yakupov, a look at bigger goalies, all kinds of predictions for 2016-17 and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Graphic Comments: How To Get Away With Plunder

Graphic Comments
October 12 2016 03:44PM


So I was reading Thomas Drance's piece on the Canucks over at Sportsnet the other day and I couldn't help but play the video of Benning talking about the Gudbranson trade.

What really struck me was how he describe the trade coming together: 

"...it came together fast...they called us...they asked us about Jared...they brought up Eric's name..."

Now, if you've ever been involved in any kind of business negotiations, you might recognize this as somebody that took a very passive approach to making this deal. Florida clearly had the entire negotiation process mapped out. They decided how they wanted it to go, and pulled every trick in the negotiating book to make sure it did.

But listening to Benning talk, it suddenly became clear that the Panthers pulled off the perfect crime. Benning was had, and he didn't even know it.

So let's take a look at how you get away with plunder...

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NHLN Roundtable: Opening Night Hot Takes Edition

Cam Lewis
October 12 2016 01:17PM

Hockey is upon us. Let the NHLNumbers staff get you ready for 2016-17 with some discussion, predictions, and hot takes about the upcoming season. 

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NHLNumbers Season Preview: Power Rankings No. 5-1

Cam Lewis
October 12 2016 11:36AM

These are the true contenders. When picking a 2017 Stanley Cup Champion, there's a very, very good chance it's going to be one of these five teams. These are the teams who were part of the elite pack last year, and are coming into this season just as good, if not better, than they were when they left last spring. They have elite talent, rock solid defence, depth, and strong goaltending. These are teams 5-1 on the NHLN preseason power rankings. 

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