Post Turkey Stars and Goats

Kent Wilson
October 13 2009 06:51AM

After the glowing 4 and 0 start, things have started to slide downhill for the Flames (don't say I didn't warn you!) making things for ripe goat picking. Star gazing has been a little tougher, however...

Stars

Rene Bourque -

One of team's break-out players from last year, Bourque now leads the club in goals (4) and points (8). The second line has arguably been the most dangerous in terms of generating scoring chances and Bourque's play has been a major reason why. I wonder if Jokinen is taking notes?

Dustin Boyd -

I told you the pickings were slim. Boyd had a hell of time converting on scoring chances for the first five games...but at least he was getting them. Last night he was good for a goal and an assist against the Hawks and was one of the few skaters that ended the night even.

Adam Pardy -

After a rough pre-season, some were wondering if Pardy was going to lose his roster to spot to one of the various upstarts looking to usurp him (Kronwall, Stralman, etc.). The big sophomore has responded fairly well in the regular season, however, frequently looking more than comfortable at both ends of the ice.

Goats

The goaltendiing -

Both 'tenders belong here after giving up 11 goals in the last two games. Sure, the club in front of them played pretty poorly, but a lot of pucks slipped through pads this weekend, including the game winner in overtime last night.

Olli Jokinen -

My nominee for Flames scapegoat of the year is out to an early lead, now with his second apperance on this list. Jokinen only has a goal because the puck skipped over Niemi's glove during a routine dump in. He has less shots on net than Dustin Boyd (despite way more ice time), he's bled scoring chances against at an alarming rate and has been little more a liability than anything else in the offensive zone. I predicted he'd be public enemy number one by about Christmas time, but that prediction may prove too late.

Daymond Langkow -

Has generated some chances with Bourque, but hasn't been converting himself and is a dreadful -9. I believe a lot of that plus/minus rate is bad luck, but it's a difficult number to ignore. I also think it's only inevitable that he and Bourque will be playing with Jarome Iginla eventually, at which time his and the Captain's numbers will improve.

 

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#1 RossCreekNation
October 13 2009, 05:46PM
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I didn't like the Iggy-Jokinen combo much last year (save for there first 5 games together), and it has been downright B-R-U-tal so far this season. Finally they've split them, hopefully for good five-on-five. They're both 'shooters' and to me, are not a good fit together; they'd be more effective IMO on 2 separate scoring lines.

Something like:

Bourque-Boyd-Iginla

Nystrom-Jokinen-Moss (soft min.)

Glencross-Langkow-Dawes

Sjostrom-Conroy-Prust

Then I'd flip Boyd & Langkow accordingly based on play/situations. If Boyd's playing good, Langkow could be used in more of a shutdown/checking role, and if Boyd's having an off nite or you want to play a PvP specific game, you move Langkow up with Bourque & Iginla. Conroy & Sjostrom could be moved up into the top 9 on occasions where one of the others is slacking. McGratton plays about 18 games and gets dealt at the deadline.

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#2 b1ackhat
October 14 2009, 02:32PM
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The goaltending gets my goat award to date. Dirty bastards.

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#3 Iggy12
October 15 2009, 12:13PM
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How on earth can Bourque be leading this team in goals and points?! ARGHH

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