Saturday, September 23, 2006

 

Battle of Alberta 0.2

Pre-Season Record: 4-0Pre-Season Record: 2-1
Preview


The Oilers and the Small Gray Face reconvene at Pill Plaza in Edmonton tonight for the second half of an exhibition home-and-home tilt. Key subplot: the defence corps being dressed by Edmonton forms what might have been jocularly called a Survivor episode before that series turned into a televised race war. Smith, Staios, Bergeron, Matt Greene, Tjarnqvist, and Ladislav Smid will all sit and watch their teammates fight for a spot on the lifeboat. We will, however, get to watch Smytty and Joffrey Lupul play, apparently on a line centred by Toby Petersen, no less. And those who couldn't make it to Grande Prairie for public workouts get a chance to watch Sykora and Hemsky repeat the magic they reportedly displayed amidst in the frozen wastes of the Peace block.

For the Flames Brad Ference will get what some Calgarians think might be a last look. (I hear somebody finally tipped off Sutter that he and Andrew aren't actually a brother act. Dude went ballistic.) Andrei Taratukhin, who seems destined to play the False Dmitry to Alexei Mikhnov's anointed Tsar, is also at a crossroads down the middle. In the official Flames game preview he is quoted as saying, with a certain Balki Stereopolous insouciance, that "You can't lower your hat" in the highly physical, small-surface NHL game.

In pre-game media action we have a Calgary Sun piece that puts Rob Schremp under the microscope. (Schremp makes a joke at the end about Oiler fans pulling the letters "PRONGER" off their #44 custom jerseys and "throwing a 'SCHREMP' on there"; I wonder if he realizes just how often this has probably been done already.) Up north, Rob Tychkowski is interpreting recent praise for Patrick Thoresen as a signal that the mystery Swede enigmatic Norseman is all but a lock to make the team. The real big news is that Lowetide woke up early to break his self-imposed moratorium on weblogging about the Oilers defence.

PREDICTION: No Iginla, no Kiprusoff, no problem: Oilers 6, Flames 2. I may have a Rexall seat for this game and I'll be downright disappointed if Hemsky doesn't score a hat trick.

Comments:

That's something I forgot from last game: there was actually a dude with a big cardboard "SCHREMP" faux-nameplate taped to the back of his #44 jersey. It was hilarious.
 


Rob Tychkowski is interpreting recent praise for Patrick Thoresen as a signal that the mystery Swede is all but a lock to make the team.

As Tychkowski points out, our mystery Swede is actually Norwegian. Just to set the record straight.
 


Great post. I hadn't yet discovered your NHL anagrams.

As Tychkowski points out, our mystery Swede is actually Norwegian. Just to set the record straight.

Or, at least firmly crooked.
 


Him being Norwegian is exactly what I meant by "mystery".

...No? All right, all right.
 


just a good life
 


Iginla is playing tonight I believe. The Flames' webpage doesn't list him on the lineup, but Lundmark is also double-shifted, shown as 2nd C and 1st RW. I'm going to guess that it's Iggy on the first so he and Tanguay can work on their "chemistry." There's a joke involving Albertans, French-Canadians, and homosexual innuendo in there somewhere, but I'll be damned if I'm clever enough to invoke it.
 


I miss the 'goal by Dvorak' predictions from Sacamano. Seems just as likely now .. No?
 


Not since Swede Juha Widing snuck across the border to Finland (sic) has there been this much confusion.

More scotch, bartender.
 


No Iginla, No Kiprusoff ... no problem.

Heh heh.

go Flames
 


Jocularly? Really? Do you use a thesaurus when you post? Mind fucking?

Christ, you gave Andy a hard time over this...
 


Byw, yes, I nothing else to be bitchy about. Just trying to keep the sites name sake of appropiate bitchy-ness up.
 


OK, but it's kind of unclear what you're actually talking about.
 


Uh-oh...Amonte got two points against you. Amonte.
 


Oh noes! Amonte got two points versus a defense of CHL and AHL defensemen!
 


Edmonton 6, Calgary 2 - on what planet would this occur? Have the Oilers actually ever scored that many goals since Gretzky left town? Flames will compete for Stanley Cup again while the Oilers compete for the Tin Cup.
 


Oh noes! Amonte got two points versus a defense of CHL and AHL defensemen!

And that is going to be different than your opening night defense in what way?
 


Edmonton 6, Calgary 2 - on what planet would this occur?

Give me a break. There was a rumour that Krahn was gonna play 30 minutes.

But man, get a load of the Flames fans ripping a "CHL defence" they touched up for two whole goals and questioning the existence of the concept "6". You ever read about those hunter-gatherer tribes for whom every number above three is essentially equal to infinity? Apparently Calgary's offence sucks so bad that it has caused an entire city to revert to the Stone Age.
 


Here's a question... its pre-season, who the hell really cares?

You Oil fans seem to be getting pretty defensive after a meaningless loss, coming up with your excuses...

Although something tells me your boys are going to be starting the season out at 0-2...

-Randy

PS: Andy, sorry to hear about you place getting burglarized...
 


Here's a question... if the preseason is irrelevant to you, why don't you go pinch off some turds in the comment thread at a non-hockey weblog and come back here when things get interesting?
 


if the preseason is irrelevant to you

Here is where you may have been misled by my comments...

I did not say that the preseason was irrelevant, I merely implied that preseason wins and losses are not relevant for a discussion on which team is really better and will take the division (although I did find your preseason to regular season correlation article fairly interesting)...

The preseason is very important to teams to assess the talent in their system and to fine tune the lineup, while giving the players a chance to work off the rust and to build chemistry with their new linemates in preparation for the real season...

Although in Calgary's case, they have a lot less work to do in figuring out their lineup, since its been pretty much set since before preseason even started...

Which could potentially be misconstrued as an indifference to the pre-regular season NHL on my part...

(and if that were true, then why do I check websites such as this two or more times a day to get updates)...

I apologize if I have misled you in any way...

-Randy

And your reputation as being more than a little crusty seems more than accurate, although I do appreciate your sense of humour...
 


Wow. Your prediction was pretty close!! It's going to sting to watch your beloved hydrocarbons turn to by-product this year.

Flames all the way.
 

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