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2017-18 Flames Schedule Preview: November

A look at the second month of the regular season

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After previewing October, we move onto November in our Flames schedule preview. It’s a month that features the continuation of a long homestand before embarking on a long roadtrip. I kept the previews for teams that the Flames already saw in October short.

You can find the October schedule preview here

November

11/02 vs Pittsburgh, 11/05 vs New Jersey, 11/07 vs Vancouver, 11/09 vs Detroit, 11/13 vs St. Louis, 11/15 at Detroit, 11/18 at Philadelphia, 11/20 at Washington, 11/22 at Columbus, 11/24 at Dallas, 11/25 at Colorado, 11/28 vs Toronto, 11/30 vs Arizona

Home/Away Split: 13 games, 7 Home, 6 Away

Divisional Split: 2 - Pacific, 3 - Central, 3 - Atlantic, 5 - Metropolitan

Games vs 2016-17 Playoff Teams: 5

Back to Backs: 1


Game 13: Flames vs Pittsburgh Penguins (50-21-11, 2nd in Metro, Won Stanley Cup)

vs Penguins in 2016-17: 2-0-0

Notable Penguins Summer Moves: Acquired Ryan Reaves, Signed Antti Niemi, Matt Hunwick

The Flames were one of only four teams to sweep the Penguins last season. After winning their second straight Stanley Cup, the Penguins lost a few pieces of their core in Chris Kunitz and Marc Andre Fleury, but they looked poised to be elite once again.

Game 14: Flames vs New Jersey Devils (28-40-14, 8th in Metro, Missed Playoffs)

vs Devils in 2016-17: 1-1-0

Notable Devils Summer Moves: Drafted Nico Hischier, Acquired Mirco Mueller and Marcus Johansson, Signed Brian Boyle

Any team that can have a star goaltender like Cory Schneider is a decent team. The issue for New Jersey has been goal scoring as they finished third last in that category last season. The Devils will likely be better this season, but they’re still a couple years away from really taking off.

Game 15: Flames vs Vancouver Canucks (30-43-9, 7th in Pacific, Missed Playoffs)

vs Canucks in 2016-17: 2-1-2

Notable Canucks Summer Moves: Fired Willie Desjardins (HC), Hired Travis Green (HC), Extended Erik Gudbranson, Signed Michael Del Zotto, Sam Gagner, and Patrick Wiercioch

The Flames have won eight of their last nine home games against Vancouver and should have no trouble continuing the trend.

Game 16: Flames vs Detroit Red Wings (33-36-13, 7th in Atlantic, Missed Playoffs)

vs Red Wings in 2016-17: 2-0-0

Notable Red Wings Summer Moves: Signed Trevor Daley

The Red Wings had their long playoff streak come to an end this past season and it’s a sign of what is ahead for Detroit. There seems to be some reluctance for the Wings to rebuild but with an aging and expensive team, there isn’t a lot to look forward to. Should be a winnable game for Calgary.

Game 17: Flames vs St. Louis Blues (46-29-7, 3rd in Central, Lost in 2nd Round to Nashville)

vs Blues in 2016-17: 2-1-0

Notable Blues Summer Moves: Acquired Brayden Schenn, Signed Chris Thorburn and Beau Bennett

Calgary will wrap up their seven game homestand with a contest against the Blues.

Game 18: Flames @ Detroit Red Wings (33-36-13, 7th in Atlantic, Missed Playoffs)

vs Red Wings in 2016-17: 2-0-0

Notable Red Wings Summer Moves: Signed Trevor Daley

Calgary will kick off a six game road trip when they make their first ever visit to Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. It’ll be the second meeting in six days between the two clubs.

Game 19: Flames @ Philadelphia Flyers (39-33-10, 6th in Metro, Missed Playoffs)

vs Flyers in 2016-17: 1-1-0

Notable Flyers Summer Moves: Acquired Jori Lehtera, Drafted Nolan Patrick, Signed Brian Elliott,

Calgary and Philadelphia will meet for the first time this season in a rare morning game for Flames fans as it gets under way at 11:00 am MT. It will also be the first time the Flames see Brian Elliott after he left in free agency for Philly. The Flyers have a bright future ahead and should be taking another big step this year. And oh yeah, I’m totally sure Johnny Gaudreau will be spending the whole game thinking about playing for the Flyers (eye roll).

Game 20: Flames @ Washington Capitals (55-19-8, 1st in Metro, Lost in 2nd Round to Pittsburgh)

vs Capitals in 2016-17: 0-2-0

Notable Capitals Summer Moves: N/A

Calgary will continue their road trip when they travel to take on the Washington Capitals.

Game 21: Flames @ Columbus Blue Jackets (50-24-8, 3rd in Metro, Lost in 1st Round to Pittsburgh)

vs Blue Jackets in 2016-17: 1-1-0

Notable Blue Jackets Summer Moves: Acquired Artemi Panarin from CHI for Brandon Saad

Columbus jumped from 34 to 50 wins during this past season and were unlucky to be in the stacked Metro division. Had they been in any other division they probably could’ve made some noise in the playoffs but lost out early to the eventual champion Penguins. The Blue Jackets are sticking with a similar lineup this year and they should be very good.

Game 22: Flames @ Dallas Stars (34-37-11, 6th in Central, Missed Playoffs)

vs Stars in 2016-17: 2-1-0

Notable Stars Summer Moves: Fired Lindy Ruff (HC), Hired Ken Hitchcock (HC), Acquired Ben Bishop and Marc Methot, Signed Martin Hanzal, Tyler Pitlick, and Alex Radulov

I really like Dallas’ home uniforms, that is all. Calgary has won five of their last eight games in Dallas.

Game 23: Flames @ Colorado Avalanche (22-56-4, 7th in Central, Missed Playoffs)

vs Avalanche in 2016-17: 3-0-0

Notable Avalanche Summer Moves: Signed Jonathan Bernier and Nail Yakupov, Acquired Colin Wilson

Well the Avalanche can’t be worse next season...right? This should be a pretty simple win for the Flames although it does fall on the second half of a back-to-back. This game closes out the six game road trip.

Game 24: Flames vs Toronto Maple Leafs (40-27-15, 4th in Atlantic, Lost in 1st Round to Washington)

vs Maple Leafs in 2016-17: 1-1-0

Notable Maple Leaf Summer Moves: Signed Dominic Moore, Ron Hainsey, and Patrick Marleau

The Leafs are a good hockey team. That just sounds weird, but they are. Toronto and their young guns should only be better next season when these two teams meet. Calgary has only lost once at home against Toronto since the 2003-04 season.

Game 25: Flames vs Arizona Coyotes (30-42-10, 6th in Atlantic, Missed Playoffs)

vs Coyotes in 2016-17: 4-1-0

Notable Coyotes Summer Moves: Acquired Nick Cousins, Derek Stepan, Antti Raanta, and Nik Hjalmarsson

You’ve got to hand to it to John Chayka, he’s making moves to try and make the Coyotes better. Arizona has seemed like it’s ready for its youth to take over for some time now but that hasn’t really happened. The Flames should be able to take them down as Mike Smith faces his former team for the first time.


Poll

How many Wins will the Flames get in November?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    3 or Less
    (1 vote)
  • 9%
    4-6
    (3 votes)
  • 72%
    7-9
    (24 votes)
  • 15%
    10 or More
    (5 votes)
33 votes total Vote Now