Tuesday, January 10, 2006


Flames Game Day

The Flames take on the New York Rangers tonight at MSG (5PM MST, no TV). Rather surprisingly, it's a battle between two of the best defensive teams in the league (currently 3rd and 4th in team GAA).

[Interesting sidebar: go here and look at the Team-by-Team comparison of Goals Against. The Flames and Rangers are virtually even in 5-on-5 GA (49/53), and the Rangers have a much better 4-on-5 PK (43/25). But that GA advantage is erased because of the Rangers much worse 3-on-5 PK GA (2/10), their 4-on-4 GA (2/6), and their 5 SH goals allowed (vs. Calgary's zero).]

Rangers rookie Petr Prucha has no chance at the Calder Trophy, but his 20-4 record (goals-assists) make him the heavy favourite for the Cy Young Award of hockey.

The Flames ought not to miss any opportunity to punk Glen Sather. I'll call a 3-1 victory, with Lombardi and Kobasew running the show. Go Flames.


Make that 20-5.

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