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Game Preview: Flames vs San Jose Sharks

It was a good road trip for the Flames as they managed 5 of 6 possible points, including another dominating, 6-2 victory over the Oilers on Saturday night. The Flames will look to get back on their winning ways at home as they host the San Jose Sharks tonight at the Dome. The Sharks sit third in the Western Conference but are currently on a 3-game losing skid being outscored 10-6 during the span. The Sharks also come into town playing on back-to-back, losing in a SO last night in Edmonton.

The Future of Kipper

Since being traded over in 2003, Miikka "Kipper" Kiprusoff has been tremendous for the Calgary Flames.

His acrobatic and show-stopping highlights have proved him to be a top goaltender in the league. With another strong season underway, his age doesn't appear to be slowing him down.

But, like every athlete in this world, his time will end. Unfortunately, that time is creeping close and Kipper's future with the Flames is as uncertain as ever.

Flames Pound Oilers...AGAIN

How sweet a feeling it is to beat the living crap out of the Edmonton Oilers!

Even more so after I gave my frank opinion of where the Oilers actually sit in this so called "rebuild."

It was a great weekend to be a Flames fan!

Game Preview: Flames vs Edmonton Oilers

It’s been 8 games since the Flames last lost to the Edmonton Oilers as this rivalry has been heavily one sided in recent seasons. The Flames have won 15 of the last 16, including the last 3 and 6 out of 7 at Rexall Place. They will look to continue that streak tonight up north as they finish off their mini 3-game road trip.

Game Preview: Flames vs Los Angeles Kings

What a difference five days makes, on Saturday the Flames hosted the Kings sitting only 3 points behind them. After a 4-1 loss, the Flames now travel to LA tonight for their second game of a three game road trip now sitting 7 points back. The Flames only played one game since that meeting, losing to the Sharks 2-1 in a shootout on Tuesday night.

Flames' age not cause of road woes

I get the impression people want the old fogies of the team sold and replaced by young up-and-comers. They believe doing this will improve the Flames' 8-14-4 road record.

I would agree, if Calgary had a lot of old fogies.

The Flames have the eighth oldest team in the league with an average age of just over 28. Safe to say that unlike the Oilers and Avalanche, they can grow facial hair. But unlike Detroit, they need mouthguards and can’t just take out their dentures before games.

A Letter to our Readers

Welcome to The Checking Line -West!

This is a sub site of The Checking Line and will be dedicated to the coverage of the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, and Winnipeg Jets.

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Calgary Flames: Fall to Sharks in Shootout

Failing to take advantage of a great effort from goalie on out and failing to take advantage of a bad ‘non goal’ against the San Jose Sharks in OT, the Flames fell 2-1 in a shootout to the Sharks to kick off a three game road trip.

The Flames have a lot of positives to take out of tonight's effort however and will look to take those into Thursday's tilt with the Kings.

Game Day Preview 01/17/12: Flames and Sharks

The Flames start a three game road trip with a visit to the Shark Tank.
This is the first meeting between the two teams this year and another in a long line of games against Pacific division teams for the Flames who are in desperate need of wins as they fight to get back into the playoff picture.

Game Preview: Flames vs Los Angeles Kings

The Flames welcome a familiar face back to the Dome when Darryl Sutter and his Los Angeles Kings come rolling in.
But Darryl isn't the only one being welcomed back as Mike Cammalleri makes his Flames re-debut after being involved in that blockbuster trade on Thursday night.
The Flames have won 8 in a row at home and will look to get within a point of the 7th place Kings with a win.