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Panthers 3 – Flames 0

14 Oct

Well that is what I’d call typical Flames hockey. The Flames showed their usual 3 minutes of brilliance, followed by 57 minutes of bad passes and one vs. four efforts.

So in three games the Flames have a goals per game average of 1. And one of those is an empty netter. Wicked.

The Flames have been outscored 8-3 in three games. And two of those games were against the worst teams in the league. Wicked.

The Flames top line, a line I like to call Somethin’ to prove, has a whopping zero points. And I haven’t seen Iginla win a one-on-one battle all year. Wicked.

Jokinen’s eyes are too close together. Tim Jackman is our best player. Wicked.

 

Injury update – relax everyone, Stajan’s here

13 Oct
  • D Adam Pardy landed awkwardly on his shoulder early in the first period against the Kings. Early word is that he could be out a while, good thing we have 105 defencemen.
  • LW Rene Bourque collided with Kings defenseman Kevin Westgarth and is listed as day-to-day with a head injury.
  • LW Raitis Ivanans (head) was hurt with a big punch to the melon by Edmonton’s Steve MacIntyre. The club insists he didn’t suffer a concussion, but is listed as day-to-day with a head injury.
  • C Daymond Langkow (neck) hasn’t recovered from the March 21 injury he suffered last season when hit by a puck in the spine. He did start skating at the beginning of the year, but has since regressed. I’m expecting him to retire.
  • RW Ales Kotalik (knee) is expected to miss the first month. He was placed on the long-term injury list.
  • RW David Moss (shoulder) was hurt Oct. 1 and will be out at least a month. He has been skating.
 

Flames 3 – Kings 1

10 Oct

The Flames won their home opener… hallelujah. But they lost another guy – Pardy – to a shoulder injury.

Here is who was good:

  • Glencross
  • Jokinen (seriously!)
  • Kiprusoff (as always)
  • Meyers (Jamal?)
  • Jackman (great fourth line game)
  • Conroy (not just because he scored)

Here is who was not:

  • Bouwmeester

And here is who’s injured:

But the Flames won, so that is all that matters. And I enjoyed it more because of the Peter Loubardias drinking game. I’ll share the rules as soon as I can find them, but the gist of is it this… drink when Peter references ‘time and space.’ Stephen Hawking would be proud.

 

Calgary 0 – Edmonton 4

07 Oct

I don’t even know what’s worse… that the Flames lost to the Oilers, that Kiprusoff was out-goaltended by Nikolai Khabibulin, that Ivanans was knocked out cold in a fight with Steve MacIntyre, or that I stayed up late to listen to the two worst NHL personalities in Mark Lee and Kevin Weeks.

I’m not going to say that Kevin Weeks is retarded, that would be politically incorrect. What I will say, is that the CBC sends the short bus to pick Kevin up from his home. Set down the streamers Kevin, you have to provide colour to the hockey game.

The game story (what’s important) is this. The Oilers outplayed the Flames in the first period, badly. The Flames outplayed the Oilers in the second, badly. The third was pretty evenly split – the Flames out shot the Oil in the game 37-33. The difference in the game was 4 minutes in the third period when Edmonton scored three times on four shots. The top line of Edmonton was just better than the top line of Calgary. I thought Iginla looked like Jokinen all night. Which is bad. And Bouwmeester, don’t even get me started on what I think of him being paid $60,000 for tonight’s game. I think he should cut cheques to all Flames fans, that is how bad he was.

If there are any left. Oh yeah, in case you thought otherwise… going unbeaten in the preseason means nothing.

 

Brodie stays, current line combinations posted

07 Oct

TSN be damned, here are the real line combinations on Day 1 of the 2010/11 season.

In other news, the 1 p.m. roster freeze came and went Wednesday and there was T.J. Brodie out on the Pengrowth Saddledome ice partnering Ian White on defence on the second power play unit.

So the faces to watch this year will be:

  • T.J. Brodie – who will stay until Pardy gets healthy or he makes a mistake, whatever comes first.
  • Brendan Morrison – Is this guy good enough to be a second-line centre? On the Flames perhaps, he certainly is old enough to fit in.
  • Tim Jackman, signed to a two-year contract, not much is known about him. He’s been in-and-out of the AHL for 8 years.
  • And of course the top line. Are they washed up? Or was the last year the anomaly?

Brodie is certainly in fine company. He will be the first defenseman from beyond the third round of the draft to stick with the big team out of camp since a certain Gary Suter.

That name draws a blank with T.J. Brodie, just out of his teens. (seriously?!?) When informed that Suter went on to collect the Calder Trophy that season, edging Wendel Clark, his eyes lit up.

“Yeah? Really?”

Yeah. Really. In 1985.

Brodie blinked. “I wasn’t even born yet.”

 

Flames allow ad space on practice jerseys

05 Oct

I have to quote Bill Daly on this, it’s genius:

“With regard to ads on uniforms, the whole business area of sports evolves over time. People in this room probably remember a time when there was no advertising on dasher boards, and now there is. So things change.

“We have not taken the step of allowing clubs to advertise on their game uniforms at this point. We did enact a new policy — and I do think we’re a little behind the other sports leagues in doing this — to allow clubs to sell advertising on their practice jerseys.

“But we are not actively considering changing that rule, at least at this point. But who knows what the future might hold.”

So for the record. Things change, and we cannot predict the future. YET!

I’m going to throw out the who the hell cares card, because – other than in preseason — can anyone remember a photo of a player in his practice jersey?

 

Brendan Morrison a Flame & who makes the most per game?

04 Oct

Brendan Morrison is a Flame. That’s fine, I guess he’s around until (if and when) Langkow gets healthy.

What is more interesting that Kipper makes nearly $100,000 per game - and that makes him one of the best value goaltenders in the NHL!

 

Flames finish preseason a perfect 7-0

04 Oct

All it took was an early garbage goal by Alex (Pass First) Tanguay and 55 minutes of heroics by Miikka Kiprusoff, and the Flames beat the Oilers 1-0 to end the preseason undefeated. But the Flames should beat them, aren’t the Oilers  projected to finish 29th or so?

The real season starts Thursday (against the Oil, on CBC) and the Flames have 82 chances to fight their way into 8th place in the West.

Only three more days people!

Both Jokinen and Bourque played, so I’ll add updates on Langkow, Moss, Stajan, Stone, Pardy and Kotalik as soon as I hear anything.

 

Flames remain unbeaten – now 6-0

02 Oct

Yes it’s preseason, but it’s always more fun to win than to justify why this and that didn’t really matter. Iggy scored a couple, and T.J. Brodie added another which keeps him in camp for another day. Plus we got to see the second-coming-of-an-Oilers-dynasty lose — and lose badly.

The important part of this game is that both Moss and Kotalik left with injuries. Moss left Rexall with his arm in a sling and Kotalik left with a heavy limp. That leaves the Flames with 12 healthy forwards, not including Bourque and Jokinen who are out day-to-day for maintenance.

It’s Conny’s time to shine on the second line, and Backlund seems to be doing alright on the top line. As long as we keep winning that is.

The final preseason game is on Sunday at 6 – and is free (because we are still in the free-preview zone) on Sportsnet ONE. Enjoy, because the Oilers are after some retribution.

 
 
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