Well I’ve finally got this Brent Sutter system figured out, actually my dad pointed it out last night at the game. It’s similar to Darryl’s ‘dump and chase’ system with the aggressive forecheck we say about 5 years back. Brent’s system is the ‘dump and change.’ It’s where the Flames attempt to confused the opponent with errant passes in their own zone until they see an opportunity where they can dump it down the ice (without getting that dreaded icing call) and change all five skaters at their earliest convenience. It’s effective at rolling all four lines, not-so-effective at increasing your offensive zone time of possesion.
After a sad first period, the Flames did play well for the second – particularly well for 18 seconds of it – and managed to beat a team that is only slightly better than them in the standings. Kipper played as well as he needed to, although that was probably one of the easier shutouts he’s had. Next up? Vancouver.