November; a month that the Flames wished had more days in it. After a respectable opening month of October going 7-4-1, the Flames dominated the month of November going 10-2-2 asserting themselves as one of the teams to beat in the Western Conference. The Flames also hold the best road record in the league going 10-1-3 over 14 games away from the dome. With tonight’s 5-0 shutout victory over Nashville the Flames also just set a team record with points in 10 straight contests on the road. The Flames already have more than half the total road wins they had all of last year, when they mustered 19 wins. Not to mention, they have only 3 less than all of the 2006-07 campaign of 13, when, Former Head Coach Jim Playfair apparently lost control of some of his players away from Calgary, or so the rumours were told.
Who likes numbers?
Goals for: 38. Average of 2.7 per game
Goals Against: 25. Average of 1.8 per game
Shot taken: 399. Average of 28.5 per game
Shots Against: 430. Average of 30.7 per game
Powerplay: 9 for 52. 17.3%
Penalty Kill: 44 for 55. 80%
Kipper’s #’s: 8-2-2. 1.67 GAA. .944 Save % (Is this the Kipper of 2003-04?)
Shutouts at home: 0
Shutouts on the Road: 3
McElhinney’s #’s: 2-0. 2.50 GAA. .931 Save %
Team Record on Saturday games: 4-0
Jarome Iginla: 13 G, 7 A. (3 of those goals were Game winners. Possible First star of the month)
Olli Jokinen: 3G, 11A (Picking it up nicely)
Rene Bourque: 2G, 4A in 8 games before he was injured
Dion Phaneuf: 1G, 3A, +5(Really slowed down from his quick start, but defensively improving)
Jay Boumeester: 1G, 6A, +8
Brian McGrattan Fighting Majors: 3
Brandon Prust Fight Majors: 4
Craig Conroy: 0 Goals since April 11th of last season
Robyn Regehr: 0 Goals since February 26th of 2008! A span of 119 Games
Overall, the Flames have had an astounding month of hockey and are in the midst of a season long road trip in which they have won 3 of the first 6 games. The Flames powerplay has awaken from obscurity these past two games going 3 for 5. The penalty kill has gone 18 for 20 since the Blackhawk massacre in Dome. There are numerous positive signs coming from Flames camp nowadays, including the imminent return of Rene Bourque.
November ends with the Flames in 2nd place in conference, 3 points behind San Jose with two games in hand. The Sharks are also the top team in the NHL. If the Flames continue their road dominance, the upcoming Saturday night contest against those very same Sharks could be a battle for 1st place in the entire league.
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Newman on the Flames
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