Saturday, March 01, 2008

 

There's a buzz on the street / Hottest ticket in town

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The Flames take on the Coyotes tonight (8PM MT, HNIC) at the raucous, centrally located, elegantly named Jobing.com Arena. I thought they deserved a better result last night (*three* pings off the iron in the 3rd), but it sounds like the coach and I aren't quite on the same page; not only was he cheesed as hell at the way the Flames started the game (I thought they were pretty decent, scoreboard obviously notwithstanding), but he's pissed at Kipper, and CuJo is apparently getting the start tonight after playing the last two periods last night.

No matter. In terms of scoring chances and zone time, the Flames have really pwned the Coyotes this season, and I don't see why tonight should be different.

Calgary 4 (Iginla x2, Tanguay, Lombardi)
Phoenix 3 (Mueller... Mueller.... Mueller...)

Go Flames.

Comments:

The flu's going through the Flames and there's some talk that Kipper is suffering from it which may explain him being pulled and not playing tonight.
 


CBC reports Kipper has the flu and that's why be was pulled last night, and why he's still out tonight.

CuJo playing in his old haunts in Phoenix right after a strong performance last night isn't a bad scenario for the Flames. Wasn't the whole point that he could give Kiprusoff a rest when he needed one?
 


I can't believe Iron Mike Keenan would behave irrationally towards his goaltenders!
 


Mike Keenan comments last night on Kiprusoff's flu:

"Miikka wasn't ready to play, period," Keenan said of his netminder, who surrendered a pair of goals on 11 shots.
 


Sarich a healthy scratch???

The iron man streak comes to an end. If he indeed is a healthy scratch, he wouldn't be too happy.

I still see the Flames winning this (damn!). They've played the Coyotes hard the last couple games, and played a good 50 mins against the champs last night.

Although, I would like to see Coyotes win and pull within two points of 'em.

Put a little heat on them.
 


I can't believe how good Eric Nystrom looks (last night too). Just a ton of nice little plays to get it out of his own end, and keep it in Phoenix's.

Unfortunately Boyd looks equally overmatched. And now Conroy and Nolan are both hurt too! Maybe March will be the Flames' bad luck month in that regard. Better that than April I suppose, but ouch.
 


Matt, good call on Iggy getting two!
 


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