Game No. 2: Can we get a redo on that one?

Ryan Lambert
October 10 2010 05:33PM



Okay so that first game didn't go as well as anyone would've hoped. But that doesn't mean this second one won't be a better effort, right? RIGHT?

The Kings are playing the second game of an all-road back-to-back, one that extended into a shootout which they eventually won, and that might be helpful for Calgary, which has been idle since the end of the preseason.

Oh, what? They did? Really? Are you sure? Hell.

Okay so everyone on the planet who watched Thursday's debacle would categorize it as one best left forgotten. So the good news is that tonight's game has to be better almost by default. But it's still not going to be easy.

One major, major, major problem Calgary had in its opening tilt was generating convincing scoring chances. In fact, they were terrible at it. And this was against a defense that allowed Tom Gilbert to gobble up 23-plus minutes of ice time. So how about this Kings group run by slam-dunk Norris candidate Drew Doughty? Or Rob Scuderi? Or Willie Mitchell? Yeah, they bottled up the Sedins and Co. last night, holding them to just 24 shots. That can't be encouraging.

And if the Calgary defense struggled mightily against an Edmonton club with several rookies and career pluggers in the lineup, then what're they gonna do when trying to put a saddle on Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown? Say what you want about the result Thursday, but the Kings' lineup is considerably better than the Oilers' and if Gilbert Brule and Shawn Horcoff can boss around Jay Bouwmeester and Robyn Regehr, then this could get bad in a hurry.

But the good news is that this is Calgary hosting LA, and the last time the Kings won in the Saddledome was December of 2005. And they can't score too many goals in Western Canada. If history is any indicator, two goals might be enough to pick up a W.

But then again, getting two goals would increase Calgary's season output by infinity.

So there's that.

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#1 Bob Cobb
October 10 2010, 06:08PM
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GO KINGS GO!!!!!

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#2 walkinvisible
October 10 2010, 06:12PM
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is this where we hang out to talk about how bad jokinen plays ?

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#3 Robert Cleave
October 10 2010, 06:17PM
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walkinvisible wrote:

is this where we hang out to talk about how bad jokinen plays ?

It might be a topic, wi.

Oh, and I just had to laugh at the Flames choosing Matt Good for their opening montage. Feels like some tired old town's last parade, indeed.

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#4 walkinvisible
October 10 2010, 06:19PM
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well so far we’re playing chaos defense, so i guess things aren't going according to plan.

ps: i'm cutting and pasting what i'm writing over at matchsticks. i'll tire of that shortly and probably prefer the realtime updating over there.

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#5 walkinvisible
October 10 2010, 06:26PM
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aside from penetrating the zone and promptly losing the puck, has anyone seen any kind of “system” for the flames ?

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#6 Wanyes bastard child
October 10 2010, 06:49PM
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Are they doing any better then against the oilers?

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#7 walkinvisible
October 10 2010, 06:50PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

Are they doing any better then against the oilers?

if you call "not getting shellacked" better, then yes. much.

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#8 dotfras
October 10 2010, 06:55PM
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Better first period than Thursday night. Didn't give up very many chances, powerplay sucked, but there were a few times where I actually thought the Flames might have a goal.

Jokinen had a good rush, pulled a Phaneuf though.

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#9 Wanyes bastard child
October 10 2010, 06:56PM
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@walkinvisible

Well just seen a few hilights... looks like kipper is standing on his head again.

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#10 Robert Cleave
October 10 2010, 07:00PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

Well just seen a few hilights... looks like kipper is standing on his head again.

Nah. Calgary outplayed them most of the period.

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#11 walkinvisible
October 10 2010, 07:03PM
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Robert Cleave wrote:

Nah. Calgary outplayed them most of the period.

i'm pretty sure that there were about 5 good scoring chances for the kings in the first 3 mins. after that it def settled down.

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#12 Wanyes bastard child
October 10 2010, 07:10PM
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This is only my second game watching Vandermeer play, did he used to pinch alot for you guys, or was that not Calgarys system?

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#13 Robert Cleave
October 10 2010, 07:27PM
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Nice play by Scoreface and Sutter on that goal. They made it at the blueline with pressure on the L.A. D.

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#14 dotfras
October 10 2010, 07:38PM
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Didn't like Morrison trying to make the pass on that two on one, he should have buried that.

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#15 44stampede
October 10 2010, 07:42PM
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What happened to Bourque?

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#16 Robert Cleave
October 10 2010, 07:47PM
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What happened to Bourque?

He and Kevin Westgarth accidentally ran into each other in the first, and Bourque was pretty woozy going to the room.

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#17 dotfras
October 10 2010, 08:01PM
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Great to see Conroy's on a goal a game pace.

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#18 Canucks Suck
October 10 2010, 08:30PM
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I am really liking this Glencross Conroy Jackman line.

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#19 dustin642
October 10 2010, 08:36PM
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Very solid game from Tim Jackman. Really like the guy, when he is disciplined he is extremely effective. Great win. Feel bad for Tanguay, every time he would have a scoring chance his stick would break.

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#20 dotfras
October 10 2010, 08:36PM
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I like that line alsot minus Jackman and his cement hands. Moss or Kotalik will compliment that line better.

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#21 Robert Cleave
October 10 2010, 08:41PM
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The Flames were full value for that one. When you have the lead going into the third and outshoot the other team 13-6, that's good stuff. GlenX was very good in particular.

Btw, if Craig Conroy ever sits again for Raitis Ivanans, someone should give Brent Sutter a not-friendly tap on the noggin. The old fella can still play a little bit.

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#22 Kent Wilson
October 10 2010, 09:05PM
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Robert Cleave wrote:

The Flames were full value for that one. When you have the lead going into the third and outshoot the other team 13-6, that's good stuff. GlenX was very good in particular.

Btw, if Craig Conroy ever sits again for Raitis Ivanans, someone should give Brent Sutter a not-friendly tap on the noggin. The old fella can still play a little bit.

Yup. Notice that as the game wore on, Conroy moved up with Glencross (replacing Backlund, who has pretty much been a cardboard cut-out for two games) and the puck was suddenly spending a lot more time in the offensive end.

I wasn't a fan of the Flames game through the first period and half, but they definitely turned things around. Iginla looked like his old self during the 3rd period, which was nice.

I'm also coming around on Jackman. I still think he'd be better suited to the fourth line, but at least he's more than merely a pugilist.

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#23 Kent Wilson
October 10 2010, 09:06PM
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Also - scoring chances will be posted tomorrow folks.

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#24 walkinvisible
October 10 2010, 10:02PM
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until he gives me reason not to be, i'm pro-jackman, thusfar. jokinen, on the other hand, is still all kinds of terrible.

glenX was on a mission tonight. good to see.

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#25 Subversive
October 10 2010, 10:53PM
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Jokinen is terrible at any price if he keeps playing like this.

Overall, though, they looked pretty good. Iggy actually looked like his old self at moments, Tanguay needs to buy better sticks, Gio was good to excellent again (dude is a $4-$5 million defenseman if anyone else in the league is paying attention), White looked pretty bad all night, Jackman looked good (he fills the Prust role quite nicely), GlenX was great, Kipper was solid. Full value for the win, nice to see.

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