Saturday, November 12, 2005


Evgeni Malkin will be a Penguin next year

I suppose you could find evidence for just about anything in tonight's 5-3 Flames win. My take (this may surprise you) is that the Flames really are the team to beat in the Northwest Division.

Sure, 2 weeks ago when they were 4-7-2, chatter about the SI cover jinx and everything else seemed appropriate. Now? Wanna get someone on the Avalanche to say that the Flames got lucky tonight?

How about the Canucks? They're a good team, and they may be as good as the Flames, but do you think they have anyone who thinks the Flames are the flukes-back-to-earth of 2005/06?

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe "team to beat" is going too far. But what was locked in for me tonight was that the Flames do have all the capabilities we saw in the preseason predictions, and that they do control their own destiny to a great extent.

**(pictured Metallurg coach was with the Flames last time they won 6 straight--this will be its own post one of these days)


Interesting stat. Calgary is currently the only Western Conference team in a playoff spot with a negative goal differential - mostly attributed to lack of scoring rather than poor defence.

The fact that they have started to put the puck in the net over the last few games doesn't bode well for the rest of us.

Incidently, Minnesota currently has the largest positive goal differential of any non-playoff team - and again this entirely a result of a terrific defence.

Yeah, the Flames have allowed 3 goals in each of the last 3 games, and won them all. This is both improbable and highly encouraging.

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