Friday, November 18, 2005


Flames Game Day

You really can't draw up a more favourable scenario for gaining a 9th straight win than the one in place tonight. They're at home. Their opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks, has 4 regulation wins all season, only one of which was on the road, and that was in St. Louis (they also have two OT road wins: extra time v. Patrick Lalime, and shootout v. Petr Budaj). Eric Daze has been out all season, and Tuomo Ruutu is out now.

If you're looking to be contrary, what is there? I guess, like any other goalie in the NHL, the Bulin Wall could play out of his head and win the game on his own. There's also this, from the game preview:
LAST MEETING: Jan. 30, 2004; Blackhawks, 5-3. At Calgary, Alberta, Tuomo Ruutu scored twice as the Blackhawks rallied from a two-goal deficit and halted a franchise-record 19-game road losing streak.

The Flames could lose tonight, but I think the far more likely scenario is that they win (too) easily, lose a bit of their edge, and then lose in Denver on Monday.

You know what the Hawks real problem is? Lots of candidates: terrible owner, terrible president, terrible GM, Trent Yawney, lousy sterile new building. But the real problem is their name. The name "Hawks" is pretty much a permanent whammy for a sports team. Witness:

The Atlanta Hawks (NBA): presently 0-8 on the season. Haven't even appeared in the NBA Finals since moving to Atlanta in 1968. Star forward Bob Pettit led the franchise to its only championship--in St. Louis in 1958.

The Seattle Seahawks (NFL): haven't won a playoff game since January 1984. They're getting all sorts of people excited with their 7-2 record at the moment. These people have short memories.

Our friends the Blackhawks, who last hoisted the Stanley Cup in 1961, thanks to Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, and Glenn Hall. They're an Original 6 team and only have 3 Cups in total! They've also missed the playoffs 6 of the past 7 years (cough).

There's no baseball teams named the Hawks, but the most famous recent player nicknamed Hawk never even played in the World Series in his 21 seasons.

Time for Calgary's 4th shutout of the season, I figure. Puck drops at 7PM MST, Rogers Sportsnet West. Go Flames.


That was a great post, Matt. And you were right, totally kharma destroying. i hope we lose by less than 5 goals now. Thanks a lot.

Khabibulin has been playing much better lately and Aucoin is back, so Chicago may be able to play much better than their record would indicate. Their real problem seems to be putting the puck in the net, and that's not a good problem to have against Calgary. 3-1, Flames.

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