Tuesday, September 7, 2010

2010-11 Preview: Calgary Flames

2010-11 Prediction 7th Western Conference

The Flames finished the 2009-10 season in 10th place in the Western Conference with a 40-32-10 record and 90 points. Look for the Flames to make their return to the NHL Playoffs this season. They certainly will not be among the elite NHL teams but they should be strong enough to finish in 7th place in the West. There were no major players lost during the off-season and Darryl Sutter signed veteran forwards Alex Tanguay and Olli Jokinen (both former Flames). Jarome Iginla has played with both forwards before and maybe this time they will be able to find better chemistry and help the Flames improve on their 29th ranked offense from last season. The defense is very solid (ranked 5th in 2009-10) and number one goalie Miikka Kiprusoff looks to have a bounce back season.

Player to Watch: C Mikael Backlund

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