GDFD No. 50: Over/under on goals is 14

Ryan Lambert
February 03 2009 04:21PM

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Welcome to the second Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s 50th game of the season on Feb. 3, 2009.

Calgary's picking up the back end of a two-in-a-row road set with Colorado and Dallas tonight. Suppose that, a couple days ago, you'd asked me, "DO THESE SEEM LIKE TWO WINNABLE GAMES TO YOU, SIR?" I would have said, "Yes, and how are you contacting me? This website does not exist yet." I would have then assumed you to be some sort of mercenary, sent from the future to kill me and possibly the rest of humanity. Boy, would you have been surprised when I tried to throw you into the giant pit of boiling, liquid metal I keep in my basement for just these types of occasions.

I saw Terminator 2. I know how to deal with futurebots like you.

Who:

The Calgary Flames (30-15-4 for 64 points. Third in the West, first in the Northwest) and the Dallas Stars (23-18-7 for 53 points. Sixth in the West, tied for third in the Pacific)

When:

6:30 p.m. Mountain time and 8:30 p.m. Eastern time. All other time zones can figure it out on their own.

Where:

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas.

The Stars are 14-11-3 at home this season and are 6-1-1 in their last eight in Dallas, though four of those went to overtime. Their last game was on Saturday against Columbus and they won 7-3.

Calgary is 0-1 against the Stars this year. They lost 3-1 in Calgary on Dec. 2. They have yet to play in Dallas this year.

What (to hate about the Stars):

Steve Ott — Nothing says "giant bag of cat piss" like this clown. What he lacks in actual hockey talent he makes up for in his ability to lowbridge any of your team's favorite players and generally be a bigger dick than most NHL agitators would consider sportsmanlike. Think Sean Avery without the hockey talent or entertainment value. Speaking of...

No Sean Avery — Their suspending Avery for the remainder of the season (or however they're justifying it) means he won't play the Flames at all this year. In turn, we get no resolution of that overblown, non-issue "Jarome Iginla is boring" talk, and probably nary a mention of any sloppy seconds at all. How gravely disappointing.

Stephane Robidas — If they were going to admit one no-offense defenseman to the All-Star Game, why shouldn't it be one that's worse than Robyn Regehr in every conceivable way?

The heat — Right this second it's 66 degrees in Dallas, or 19 Celsius for you metric system-loving Canadians. How can anybody be expected to play hockey in that? (Yes, we are jealous.)

The City of Dallas — Stole a team from Minnesota, murdered JFK.

Why?

Because we said so. Enjoy the game and feel free to blather amongst yourselves in the comments section!

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#1 merzer131
February 03 2009, 04:26PM
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hahahahahah I am loving this TLP.

GO FLAMES!

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#2 walkinvisible
February 03 2009, 05:09PM
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ironically, just following the game we can all turn our channels to global to watch the one and only sloppy seconds guest judge on project runway canada !!!!!

perhaps THAT's why the NHL scheduler had the flames go from west to east on a back to back, which mike keenan insists is harder cause you lose an hour.

you don't really lose an hour, you just get to start a hockey game at 6:30 "hometime." duh.

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#3 Kent
February 03 2009, 06:32PM
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Re: the SNET talking heads before the game here...

I'm fairly sick of hearing how the Flames are first in the division because Kiprusoff makes "timely saves".

What a bunch of nonsense.

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#4 Kent
February 03 2009, 06:48PM
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Brian Sutherby with a baffling penalty that leads to the Flames first goal.

Atta boy.

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#5 TLP
February 03 2009, 06:49PM
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Hey there's a goal for Cammy. 1-0 Calgary on the power play. His 13th power play goal and 26th of the year.

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#6 Kent
February 03 2009, 06:51PM
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Looks like it might be Berts goal.

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#7 Kent
February 03 2009, 06:51PM
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Guess not.

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#8 Kent
February 03 2009, 06:58PM
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Pardy looks terrible again so far this evening.

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#9 Kent
February 03 2009, 07:14PM
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Terrible second half of the period for the Flames. They were bad before they gave up the PP goal.

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#10 TLP
February 03 2009, 07:14PM
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I knew they'd score on that PP. Kent, you're good with stats; how many Bertuzzi penalties have turned into opponent PPGs? A million? I'll guess a million.

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#11 Kent
February 03 2009, 07:22PM
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A million sounds right, give or take.

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#12 Kent
February 03 2009, 07:38PM
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What an absurd penalty call on Giordano.

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#13 Blazing Ace
February 03 2009, 07:51PM
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Just got off work WTF is going on, Dallas sucks.

Come on boys I know your tired but you got this

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#14 Kent
February 03 2009, 07:55PM
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Dallas certainly looks like the better team so far.

Flames just don't do back-to-backs this year.

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#15 Blazing Ace
February 03 2009, 07:57PM
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PS where did this site come from? It looks pretty sweet!

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#16 walkinvisible
February 03 2009, 07:57PM
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Kent wrote:

What an absurd penalty call on Giordano.

now THERE's something new....

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#17 Kent
February 03 2009, 07:58PM
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Yeah. I dont know why it happens to Gio all the time.

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#18 Kent
February 03 2009, 07:59PM
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Holy cow what a save by Turco. That's insane.

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#19 Cowboys81
February 03 2009, 08:06PM
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Well well look where google brought me, flamesnation .....EH??? Well my stars are whooping yall tonight!

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#20 Kent
February 03 2009, 08:08PM
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It's true. Maybe you'll even be in a play-off spot by the end of the night!

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#21 TLP
February 03 2009, 08:11PM
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The good news for the Stars is that they started so appallingly bad that no one expects them to do anything at all for the remainder of the season.

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#22 walkinvisible
February 03 2009, 08:15PM
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@ Kent:

at least gio's penalty tonight didn't happen in make-believe time... :P

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#23 Wanye Gretz
February 03 2009, 08:17PM
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@ TLP:

Really? I think the Stars are awesome. That Sean Avery is some kind of role player.

Anyone? Anyone?

*and now back to a tie game*

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#24 Blazing Ace
February 03 2009, 08:34PM
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This game lacks the flow I have come to expect from a Dallas - Calgary game. Think Iggy misses his old team?

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#25 Kent
February 03 2009, 08:38PM
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This one sure is a stinker. Two in a row. I don't expect the Flames to come back in this one at all.

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#26 walkinvisible
February 03 2009, 08:45PM
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can someone please explain to me what happened to LL Cool J's eyebrows ??? there's something wrong with them... like, SERIOUSLY wrong with them...

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#27 Kent
February 03 2009, 08:58PM
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Stick a fork in this one.

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