Monday, April 17, 2006

 

Flames Game Night

Now that I've shelled out for the PPV game tonight, I've decided that it's worth cheering for a Flames win (and for an Oilers loss; mmm, I love it when a plan comes together).

Per the post below, I think Anaheim is probably a better team than Colorado, and as such, I'd rather meet Colorado in Round 1, matchups be damned. The Avalanche just need to make up one point on the Ducks to get into the 6th spot.

Colorado had a nice stretch from about New Year's to the Olympic break, but otherwise have been pretty mediocre. Anaheim had a brutal start, but have been consistent and solid ever since.

No matter what, though, we're in a decent spot. Brian Boucher is getting the start, so if Anaheim wins, we get the Ducks in the playoffs, but they didn't beat Kipper, who stoned them dead last week. If they lose, but Colorado also loses, we get the Ducks in the playoffs, but Hah! They just lost to our backup goalie at home!

[Laugh of the day: I was out and about in the car, and listened to an interview with a Kings/Ducks beat reporter from a SoCal daily, the Riverside Times-Something. He was not only surprised that Sutter started Kipper against the Kings Saturday, but slightly offended. Why? Because it made it less likely that Luc Robitaille would score a goal in his last home game. Oh, my heart was breaking, let me tell you. (P.S. Robitaille was stopped by Kipper in the shootout, and Mike Rogers' comment on the radio at the time was, "If Luc was skating any slower there, he would have been going backwards.")]

Oilers lose 5-1. Calgary wins 3-1. Go Flames.

Comments:

>Oilers lose 5-1. Calgary wins 3-1. Go Flames.

Uh, nope! Enjoy playing against one of the hottest teams since the Olympics, you Red C Jackasses!
 


I think Matt should make predictions against the Oil more often. Seems to work out in our favour. Y'know, for the superstitious types.
 


"Enjoy playing against one of the hottest teams since the Olympics,"

At 16-8-1, the Ducks have done well since the break. Not nearly as well as the Red Wings though, who went 19-2-4 and haven't lost in regulation since March 7. Indeed, I hope you enjoy playing them.

BTW, the Flames have gone 13-8-4 since the break, and Edmonton has puttered along at 11-8-5, losing more games than they won.
 


Matt, looks like another Flames Blog has popped up:

http://massflames.blogspot.com/

It's relatively new, so I can't speak about it's quality (yet). However, a Flames blog is so bloody rare, I figured I'd bring it to your attention anyhoo.
 


>BTW, the Flames have gone 13-8-4 since the break, and Edmonton has puttered along at 11-8-5, losing more games than they won.

Take a good look at those two records: not splitting hairs at all about which team is "puttering", are we?
 


Matt, looks like another Flames Blog has popped up:

He quotes poetry and describes Iggy as overpaid and underperforming; not surprisingly, he's not from Calgary.
 


"Take a good look at those two records: not splitting hairs at all about which team is "puttering", are we? "

One team has a winning record and one doesn't. But I guess that's just splitting hairs.
 


He quotes poetry and describes Iggy as overpaid and underperforming; not surprisingly, he's not from Calgary.

Oh go drink your turnip juice and leave our lemon tree alone.
 


>One team has a winning record and one doesn't. But I guess that's just splitting hairs.

Dude, Calgary is one game over .500 counting OTL, not exactly anything to crow about, hence the "splitting hairs."

For a team much worse than 04, riding everything on one goalie more so than ever, Calgarians seem to be tragically overconfident about their chances of winning a Cup.
 


"For a team much worse than 04, riding everything on one goalie more so than ever, Calgarians seem to be tragically overconfident about their chances of winning a Cup."

Dude, saying things like Calgary being much worse than '04 won't stop people from pointing and laughing at you.

Calgary has pretty much the same forward power as last year, but with another year's experience. Their defence is much stronger than last year, with much more of an offensive threat, and Kipper is remarkable as usual. That would explain their first place in the NW and third in the West compared to 6th in the west last year.

Kipper is to the Flames as Jagr is to the Rangers, Thornton is to the Sharks, Hasek is to the Sens etc. He's a big part of their success, but not the only part. Otherwise we'd be in the same position as Florida with Luongo, Pittsburb with Crosby etc. It's a team game, and smart teams get the right parts to fit the teams' style of play.

Which should make you wonder why the Oilers, who had no problem scoring or on defence, traded for Samsonov, Tarnstrom etc. They did have a problem in net, though, and decided to get Rolly the back-up goalie.

So again, even though you think it's only marginally, the Flames have been playing better than the Oilers, and they get to enjoy the Ducks while you get the pleasure of facing the best team in the NHL.
 


>Dude, saying things like Calgary being much worse than '04 won't stop people from pointing and laughing at you.

Funny how they're all from Calgary.
 

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