Calgary outshoots Edmonton 35-20 to capture their first win of the season, which included holding the Oil to just 10 shots in the final 40 minutes. However I’m not sure if the Flames looked good, or the Oilers just were that bad. Doesn’t matter I guess, two points are two points.
Archive for January, 2013
This was a weird one. No goals in the first, four goals in the second period, none in the third. Calgary comes back from going down 2-0 and being badly outplayed in the second. Calgary had two 5-on-3 opportunities. The shootout goes to the fifth round and only one Flames player – Tanguay – scored. Both Schneider and Kiprusoff stopped 34 of 36 shots for a .944 save percentage. Chris Butler was scratched for last night’s game.
I guess the positive here is that they got one point from Vancouver, in Vancouver. The negative is that they are now 0-2-1 for the season.
Recap: The Flames went down 3-0 early in this game before scoring twice late in the first to make a game of it. An early goal in the second got the Flames back in the game, with Glencross leading the way with a couple power play goals. The Flames took over in the second, but couldn’t take the lead, despite out-shooting the Ducks 14-3 in the second period. The Ducks got back to form in the third with a couple quick ones on route to a 5-4 win.
It was the same story as the first game, the Flames played great for one period and lousy for two. Kiprusoff’s .792 save percentage is hardly looking like “mid-season form.” Iginla is off to his regular slow start. Bob Hartley hasn’t won a game. I know it’s early, but this is the equivalent of going 0-4 to open the season – if this were a regular season.
Roman Cervenka is returning from Phoenix, AZ this evening where he was seen by a specialist at the Mayo Clinic. He has been cleared to return to practice on Thursday, January 24th and will be eligible to play on Saturday, January 26th, pending coach’s decision.
Jiri Hudler is expected to return to Calgary late this evening and will be added to the Flames’ active roster on Wednesday, January 23rd, but will not be joining the team for Wednesday’s game in Vancouver. He will be eligible to play on Saturday, January 26th, pending coach’s decision.
Well the Flames started strong, with a pretty solid first period which I like to think was helped by the level of excitement in the building. However after one period they only had one goal, one post and one crossbar to show for it. Neimi played strong, and the Sharks were able to weather the storm and come out even stronger in the second than the Flames had in the first. That one period by San Jose was enough to blow the season opener us fans waited far too long for.
The bright spots were Mikael Backlund and Jay Bouwmeester. Although JayBou was by no means a star, he was at least noticeable with a couple shots on net.
Jiri Hudler did not play, although it’s thought that he flew back from the Czech Republic yesterday. He should be available for tonight’s game against the Ducks. I’ve also updated the depth chart based on last night’s game, click for the latest Calgary line combinations.
I’ve posted the most recent line combinations that I’m guessing will be the way the Flames line up for the first game against San Jose. Check out the 2013 Calgary Flames depth cart page here.
So we are only one day into camp and already we’re dealing with injuries. Iginla has a sore groin (probably from screwing over fans) so he may miss camp. That’s certainly not going to help his historic slow starts. Cervenka has not yet been cleared to skate with contact, and from the ‘does he even still play here’ files, Babchuk is out for 3-4 weeks with shoulder injury.