2009 preview: Calgary Flames

The Flames will be involved in a lot of low-scoring games this season. They have one of the best league defences, and one of the best goalies.

But they don’t have much on offence. In fact, they’ve even regressed on it a little bit, losing Mike Camallari to free agency this summer.

Their defence and goaltending will be enough to win the division, but their true test will come in the playoffs.

Story of the season: Can this team actually win in the playoffs? Except for the year they went to the Stanley Cup finals in 2004, this team hasn’t won in the playoffs since 1989, when they won the Stanley Cup. It will be telling if they can win again this year, or if they’ll fall once again.

Former Habs: Craig Conroy

Blog to follow: Matchsticks and Gasoline

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Pool Picks: Rene Bourque. He has having a great year last season (40 points in 58 games) before getting injured. If he stays healthy, he should be able to get 60 points. Stay away from: Dion Phaneuf. He’s more of a hitter, and with the Flames getting Jay Bouwmeester in the offseason, he may be seeing less time. Phaneuf will still man the powerplay, which is withouth Mike Camallari, but he probably won’t crack 45 points.

Award nominees: Jarome Iginla for the Rocket Richard trophy

Expected Finish: First in the Northwest, third in the West

Cheerleader:  This is Mindy, one of the Flames ice girls.


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