I think that the only surprising part of this game was that the Flames scored first, and were leading after one. I think thing there was a moment during this game that either team, or anyone watching, thought Calgary was going to pull this off. Let’s face it, with Irving in net (although with a save percentage of .879 he has got better stats than Kipper), no Cammy (who has zero goals this year), no Sven Baertschi (no points this year), and no Mikael Backlund (who’s 4 points in 8 games is the most impressive stat of the four on IR), this is a team who will be hard-pressed not to finish in last place.
But you know what? If you’re going to suck and get the first pick overall, you might as well do it in a shortened lockout season! Maybe that has been Feaster’s plan this whole time?
Not to belabor the point, but out of the 41 goalies in the NHL (with at least four games played), Kipper is rated 39th in save percentage. Ouch.