Archive for October 17th, 2010

Flames 5 – Oilers 3

17 Oct

The early season line-juggling didn’t seem to be working early on in this one. It seemed like the Flames were destined to lose another game in which they out-shoot their opponents, yet get scored on at a critical moment to have the life – and luck – instantly sucked out of them.

I mean really, when is the last time you’ve seen anyone score with his eyeball? It was really good to see Ian White return to the game after that, I’m not sure our insurance will cover many more players.

I read somewhere that Curtis Glencross was the best Flame so far this year, and that continued Saturday vs. Edmonton. Iginla, as an example, didn’t show up to this game until the third period. The third line for the Flames has been their best, with the fourth not far behind. Glencross, Sutter, Meyers, Jackman, all have done everything that is expected of them, and then some.

Brent Sutter made a change moving Matt Stajan to center on the top line with Iginla and Tanguay and dropping Olli Jokinen to the second line with Brendan Morrison and Nicklas Hagman. Hopefully this sticks, Jokinen and Iginla cannot play together. Everyone but the Sutters realize that.

Medical Watch:

LW Rene Bourque(notes) (head) was injured Oct. 10 and is out indefinitely.

D Adam Pardy(notes) (dislocated shoulder) was injured Oct. 10 and is out indefinitely.

LW Raitis Ivanans(notes) (head) was hurt in the season-opener Oct. 7 and is being listed as day-to-day. He is starting physical exercise, the first step back.

C Daymond Langkow(notes) (neck) was placed on the long-term injury list. He hasn’t recovered from the March 21 injury he suffered last season when hit by a puck in the spine. He remains out indefinitely.

RW Ales Kotalik(notes) (knee) was hurt Oct. 1 and is expected to miss the first month from an injury suffered. He was placed on the long-term injury list.

RW David Moss(notes) (shoulder) was hurt Oct. 1 and is out upwards of a month. He has been skating.