GDFD No. 74: Back to back? More like suck to suck.

Ryan Lambert
March 26 2009 03:37PM

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Welcome to the 26th Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s 74th game of the season on March 26, 2009.

Second half of a back-to-back you say!? OUTstanding!

I was just saying to myself, "Y'know, there hasn't been a game in a while that I absolutely knew for sure that the Flames were going to get demolished by a team that they would, under normal circumstances, do fairly well against." And then BAM! A road back-to-back. Perfect.

For those scoring at home, the Flames are 2-5-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this year, and one of those wins was in overtime, so they also gave up a loser point to a conference opponent (I believe it was Minnesota). Good thing Columbus has only been buzzsawing its way through the best teams in the league over the past two or three weeks, because otherwise I might almost feel like the Flames have a chance.

After the tough loss last night, this is the opposite of what the Flames need, at least as far as I'm concerned. They got positively punished physically, and now they had to pack up and trundle down to Columbus for tonight's game, which starts less than 24 hours after the puck dropped in Pittsburgh.

Feelin' great about that. Yessir.

Who:

The Calgary Flames (42-25-6 for 90 points. Third in the West, first in the Northwest) and the Columbus Blue Jackets (38-28-7 for 83 points. Sixth in the West, third in the Central).

When:

5 p.m. Mountain time and 7 p.m. Eastern time. All other time zones should melt due to cuteness overload.

Where:

Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Calgary is 18-16-2 away from home this year, and just last night dropped the first game of a back-to-back against Pittsburgh. The Beejes are an excellent 23-11-2 in Columbus and have won four of their last five at home.

What (to hate about the Blue Jackets):

They're super hot right now — Columbus is 7-2-1 in their last 10, and it's not like they've played chump teams either. Wins over Los Angeles, Detroit, Boston, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Chicago (again) and Florida. That's pretty goddamn impressive. Odd note: The overtime loss was to Tampa, and the other losses were to Nashville and Detroit. They're awful tough to beat.

It's their first playoff series ever — Like ever ever. They've got to be feeling great to have pretty much locked up a spot just under a week ago and that confidence is going to be tough to deal with.

Calgary has them in the second half of a back-to-back — Awesome. That's awesome.

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Why?

This has worked out so well in the past. Enjoy the game and talk about this sure-to-be-devestating soon-to-be-loss fellow in the comments section.

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#1 1989 Ruled
March 26 2009, 04:16PM
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Pardy is playing... maybe Dion will finally sit! I can dream can't I?

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#2 TLP
March 26 2009, 05:31PM
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Dion takes a rockhead penalty, Blue Jackets score on resulting power play.

Yup.

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#3 johnroxxanne
March 26 2009, 07:42PM
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Well that was about as bad as it could have been. Should have just started McElhinney and given kipper the rest. I am begging to hope we get Chicago instead of Columbus in the first round.

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#4 blade
March 26 2009, 09:17PM
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holy crap! we were Ok to start and then got schooled.

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#5 Kent
March 26 2009, 09:58PM
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Yikes.

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#6 TLP
March 26 2009, 11:59PM
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johnroxxanne wrote:

I am begging to hope we get Chicago instead of Columbus in the first round.

i am begging for a bye

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#7 ngthagg
March 27 2009, 12:39AM
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Okay, here's tonight's rationalization for facing Columbus in the playoffs: since Columbus has never been in the playoffs, most of their players have never been. And the playoffs are different than the regular season. The grind of facing the same team, the excitement, the pressure, all of that plus a rookie goaltender will contribute to a first round collapse.

I'm sure some of you have comments about Conn Smythe winning rookie goaltenders, or comments about Ken Hitchcock, or hell, even comments about the 2004 Flames. Please don't burst my bubble.

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#8 1989 Ruled
March 27 2009, 07:47AM
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Kent wrote:

Yikes.

Seriously man... that was just disturbing. Anyone else think this team is just flat out lazy right now?

I'd rather we miss the playoffs and clean house on the coaching staff then limp in and get embarrassed by Columbus.

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#9 blade
March 27 2009, 10:50AM
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the team is sick of talking about the team.. apparently. The brass has pushed the panic button and in the course of rationalizing their worth as motivators and situational analysts they shackle the team with negativity. Conroys already beaking about "too many meetings" and rightfully so. Iggy and RR can run the off ice drama just fine but sutter and keenan seem compelled.

One guy who IS lazy is cammalleri and pouty too, he seems particularly impressed with glencross in HIS spot.

No big deal.. but a big lesson learned.. this is NOT the jackets of bygone days, if they get up early you are done. What struck me is that Nash was pretty average and still racked up the points, what the heck happens when hes flying?

Ick.

Weve got issues at the moment........ room issues. Damn it!!

vandermeer was pretty good in the tilt!!!!!!!!!!!! woohoo

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#10 blade
March 27 2009, 10:56AM
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oh yah... and someone got arrested for threatening mason. A flames fan to be a tad more specific.

*the broad brush shall now be used to paint us all*

lets have a meeting!!

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