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Flames 5, Oilers 2

10 Oct

Cammawho?

Mason Raymond had is third career hat trick in only his second game as a Flame to lift the Flames to a 5-2 win over the Oilers. Calgary came out flying in the first five minutes, but were non-existent for the 35 minutes after that. Luckily Karri Ramo had a great game to hold Calgary in it, and the Flames were able to come out in the third much stronger than Edmonton and score three.

The thing is, there are only a handful of teams you can not play 60 minutes against and still have a chance to win. Vancouver showed that in game one. If we were playing against 27 other teams, 25 minutes of solid play wouldn’t have been enough.

And what’s with Rogers starting the game 12 minutes into the first period? Don’t they know that people PVR sports games? Don’t they care about those of us who like to watch a hockey game commercial and inane banter free? And doesn’t Louie DeBrusk look just like Kelly Hrudey? Wasn’t it surreal to have them on the same broadcast? Actually, come to think of it, you never did see them together. Cripes, they even sound the same.

Kelly Hrudey

Kelly Hrudey

Louie DeBrusk

Louie DeBrusk

 

Canucks 4, Flames 2

09 Oct

It was the season opener, and like most season openers… the Calgary Flames lost. Calgary hasn’t won a season opener since 2009.

They were clearly outplayed for most of the game. Although if they would have been able to capitalize on the early 5-on-3 they had, momentum would have been much different. That event sucked a lot of the life out the building, and gave energy to the Canucks. The Canucks swept the five-game series with Calgary last season and have won eight in a row against the Flames, including five straight in the Saddledome.

As far as who was noticeable? I thought that Kris Russell played well. As did Paul Byron and Mikael Backlund. I thought that Curtis Glencross and Matt Stajan looked slow and out of place. I guess that’s not really new news though, is it.

Next up? Edmonton. The Oilers are going to be jacked right up, so it should be a good game. And both teams are equally as bad!

 

Jets 4, Flames 1 – Preseason

07 Oct

The Flames end their preseason with a 4-4 record, which doesn’t really say anything so I’m not sure why I mentioned it.

What’s more important is the 23 guys that will be on the opening night roster, and the lines that Calgary will play at least one period with.

Here is the final roster as chosen by the geniuses over at TheCalgaryFlames.com: http://thecalgaryflames.com/current-line-combinations

Forwards
Left
Centre
Right
First line CURTIS GLENCROSS MATT STAJAN JOE COLBORNE
Second line JOHNNY GAUDREAU SEAN MONAHAN JIRI HUDLER
Third line MASON RAYMOND MIKAEL BACKLUND DAVID JONES
Fourth line BRANDON BOLLIG LANCE BOUMA BRIAN MCGRATTAN
Defencemen
First pairing MARK GIORDANO TJ BRODIE
Second pairing DENNIS WIDEMAN KRIS RUSSELL
Third pairing LADISLAV SMID RAPHAEL DIAZ
Goalies
Starter  JONAS HILLER
Backup KARRI RAMO
Injured
None
Scratched
DERYK ENGELLANDPAUL BYRONDEVIN SETOGUCHI

 

Calgary Flames line up for opening night

04 Oct

Here is my best guess as to what the opening night roster is going to look like. This projected line up is something I like to do throughout the year, you can find it on the www.thecalgaryflames.com/current-line-combinations page.

Forwards
Left
Centre
Right
First line CURTIS GLENCROSS MATT STAJAN JOE COLBORNE
Second line JOHNNY GAUDREAU SEAN MONAHAN JIRI HUDLER
Third line MASON RAYMOND LANCE BOUMA DEVIN SETOGUCHI
Fourth line BRANDON BOLLIG PAUL BYRON BRIAN MCGRATTAN
Defencemen
First pairing MARK GIORDANO TJ BRODIE
Second pairing DENNIS WIDEMAN KRIS RUSSELL
Third pairing LADISLAV SMID RAPHAEL DIAZ
Goalies
Starter  JONAS HILLER
Backup KARRI RAMO
Injured
MIKAEL BACKLUNDDAVID JONES;
Scratched
SVEN BAERTSCHIDERYK ENGELLAND

 

Flames 4 – Jets 2 – Preseason

03 Oct

Josh Jooris, Sean Monahan. Two goals each. Johnny Gaudreau, three assists.

Jooris has been a pleasant surprise at Flames camp. Undrafted, the right-winger left Union College after three years to sign with Calgary a year ago. He spent all of last year with the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat.

I don’t think there is any question that Gaudreau takes the only available spot up front. Which means Bennett goes down, which is expected; and Jooris goes down, which is really too bad. But that’s the way the roster works out… and he’ll be back.

Jooris from Gaudreau on TSN

 

 

Flames 2, Avalanche 0 – Preseason

01 Oct

He’s already got his own goal song.

Seconds after Johnny Gaudreau scored his first goal at the Saddledome, Chuck Berry’s - Johnny B. Goode came blasting over the PA. It was the first goal of the game and turned out to be the winner as Jonas Hiller played solid to earn his first shutout in front of the home crowd.

The game wasn’t super-exciting up until that point, although it is fun to speculate on who’s in and who’s out. I’m going to dedicate my next post just to just that, as well as some news about the Flames new building (here’s a hint: it’s going to be downtown).

 

Flames 2, Avalanche 1 – Preseason

29 Sep

I didn’t see the game last night, but apparently Iginla was playing as he had a chance to tie the game late. The Avs outshot Calgary 36-24, but Karri Ramo and Joni Ortio stepped up. The Flames dressed eight fresh-faced rookies for the contest in Colorado. The Avs iced a veteran-laden lineup. Michael Ferland tallied two goals and was named the games first star. Calgary is 3-3 now in the preseason. 

The Flames dispatched a dozen players Saturday. Keegan Kanzig, the 2013 draft choice, was sent to the WHL’s Victoria Royals, while 11 were assigned to the AHL Adirondack Flames.

Goalies Doug Carr and Brad Thiessen, defencemen Curtis Gedig, Dustin Stevenson and forwards Mathieu Tousignant, Trevor Gillies, Kenny Agostino, David Wolf, Bryce Van Bradant, Ben Hanowski and Garnet Hathaway will report to Glens Falls, N.Y., for the AHL team’s training camp that opens Monday.

The Flames have 45 players remaining in camp.

 

Canucks 3, Flames 0 – Preseason

28 Sep

The Flames lost against a much more mature Vancouver team. I thought they played pretty well through the first two periods, although the penalties didn’t help. That’s probably due to being a bit slower that veteran NHLers.

Next up, Iggy’s Avs on Tuesday. Although you can bet he won’t be playing in Calgary in the preseason.

 

Canucks 3, Flames 1 – Preseason

26 Sep

The most exciting thing about this game was that it was the debut (albeit preseason) of the highest draft pick in Calgary history, Sam Bennett. He had a game-high seven shots on goal and an assist on Sean Monahan’s second-period goal, he was also the games first star.

Although if the game were real, Eddie Lack would have been it. He stopped all 20 Calgary Flames shots through the first half of the game. Calgary was out shooting Vancouver 13-3 after 20, and 26-12 after 40. But then ran out of gas in the third, getting outshot 11-5 in that period.

 

Flames 4, Coyotes 3 (OT) – Preseason

25 Sep

Now this just might be me, or the fact that the game last night was in Sylvan Lake in a rink that seats 1,000, but the preseason games this year have had more of a hockey feel to them as opposed to a scrimmage. It seems as though there is less disparity between the kids who are going back to junior and the men who already have a spot on the roster. It appears as though the guys are in pretty good shape and their hands and feet are keeping up with their heads. The games against Edmonton and Arizona have felt like real hockey to me. I don’t know,  maybe it’s been just a really long golf season.

By the way, why was Kraft Hockeyville featuring Calgary and Arizona? Why not Edmonton, Vancouver or Winnipeg? Come on Kraft, you had a year to plan this game. Perhaps it’s because there are more Calgarians in Arizona than in most Canadian cities.

Hats off to Curtis Glencross, Josh Jooris, Raphael Diaz, Deryk EngellandJoe ColborneBrian McGrattanDavid Wolf and Kris Russell, who all had noticeable games.

Hats on to Sven Baertschi. Despite scoring a goal and making a hit, is going to have to work a lot harder to win back the favour of the coaches this year.

 
 
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