Sunday, March 12, 2006


Flames Game Day

It's an afternoon game in Denver (1PM MST) today, the front-end of a home & home that wraps up tomorrow night in Calgary.

New addition Jose Theodore is still out with a broken heel, and Calgary's favourite opposing goalie Hardy Astrom was traded to Montreal, so either Slovak Peter Budaj or Kazakh Vitaly Kolesnik will be keeping Colorado's goal.

Low expectations are a curse, but the fact is a split in these two games would go a ways towards sewing up the Northwest Division. With 16 games in the next 28 days, it's entirely likely that splitting back-to-backs will result in Calgary maintaining or even increasing their lead.

Related, here's the end of Randy Sportak's column in the Sun today:
General manager/head coach Darryl Sutter isn't overly concerned about his charges handling the workload.

"It's about the rhythm of your team," Sutter said. "We have a strong enough group in terms of leadership and the way they handle themselves. I think we're the only team in the league that hasn't lost more than two in a row in regulation -- actually I know we're the only team -- and that's because the guys know how to park and reload and they don't let anything distract them.

"If you have a night when you don't win, it doesn't carry over the next day with them and that's why they're such a good club."

I'll pick a 3-3 game going into OT, and let the hockey gods take it from there. Go Flames.


It looks like it's gonna take a miracle for the Flames to score a goal these days.

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