Game No. 3: Guess who's back, back again

Ryan Lambert
October 14 2010 03:50PM



I was reading about the lineup today and I knew it would be grim. Everyone on the team seems to be hurt. But then we got worse news than I could have possibly imagined.

Steve Staios.

Oh hell. I understand the need to light a fire under Cory Sarich's ass - to say "Hey stupid, get it together or you're gonna be one expensive healthy scratch every night." It makes sense.

But Staios? Really? Couldn't they have signed some junior player to a one-day contract and given him five minutes? Couldn't they have picked the winner of a backwards skating contest out of the crowd? Couldn't they have dressed nobody?

This is the kind of thing that invites trouble, especially given that the depth down the middle leaves Calgary with an AHL guy running pivot on the fourth line even with Matt Stajan (thankfully) back in the lineup tonight. And that Staios is paired with TJ Brodie, of all people, is also somewhat troubling. After all, this was a kid most people said played well enough to deserve a spot with the big club, but would probably need some amount of hand holding. And Steve by-god Staios is pulling babysitting duty tonight.

Meanwhile, Olli Jokinen stays firmly rooted on the first line with Iginla and Tanguay, and you can still count the number of points those guys have on a double amputee's fingers. (Not that they haven't combined for 22 shots in two games, half of which are Jokinen's.) They're doing well enough as far as getting the puck around the net and creating chances, but conversion? Like the rest of the team, not so much.

But the good news is Florida seems to be pretty freakin' awful. They are a team that absolutely cannot score. Hell, Marty Reasoner has two of their goals this season. And also their best defenseman is Dennis Wideman, last seen being catapulted out of Boston with the 15th overall pick this year in the Bruins' absurd swindle for Nathan Horton.

This is a game Calgary has the juice to win. It's fairly imperative to start winning now, I'd argue, since many players are injured. If this team can get on a roll and be bolstered by the returns of the Bourques and Kotaliks, rather than looking hopefully to the calendar and saying "Hope those dudes can come back soon because we are complete garbage right now," then they'll be in a solid position moving forward.

And by the way, who ya got for the injury pool tonight? Put me down for Regehr. I just have a feeling.

 

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#51 RossCreekNation
October 14 2010, 09:05PM
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Flames: 10 shots

Backlund: 4 shots

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#52 Kent Wilson
October 14 2010, 09:06PM
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Chances were 4-3 in favor of the Panthers in that one too. Total is 10-7 through 2.

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#53 Kent Wilson
October 14 2010, 09:06PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Flames: 10 shots

Backlund: 4 shots

Huh. The only one I can think of is the last one from well out.

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#54 Robert Cleave
October 14 2010, 09:07PM
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Corsi.

CGY +4, +1 in the period. EV shots 9-8 CGY. Blah, meh, etc.

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#55 RossCreekNation
October 14 2010, 09:07PM
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@Kent Wilson

That's what Sportak tweeted, anyway. Checking now...

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#56 RossCreekNation
October 14 2010, 09:09PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

That's what Sportak tweeted, anyway. Checking now...

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/scores/boxscore/?id=12877

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#57 Kent Wilson
October 14 2010, 09:09PM
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Robert Cleave wrote:

Corsi.

CGY +4, +1 in the period. EV shots 9-8 CGY. Blah, meh, etc.

Yeah, given playing to score effects and the fact that FLA was obviously sitting back in that period makes a +1 period extremely unimpressive.

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#58 Kent Wilson
October 14 2010, 09:10PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

That's what Sportak tweeted, anyway. Checking now...

On the other hand, Jokinen and Iginla have one between them.

Sheesh boys. This looks exactly the same as last year.

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#59 marty
October 14 2010, 09:15PM
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keep iggy and joker apart period. christ!!!

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#60 RossCreekNation
October 14 2010, 09:17PM
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I know we all think it... let's just say it and get it over with:

SPLIT IGGY & OLLI FOR GOOD!

... and move Olli to RW, too!

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#61 RossCreekNation
October 14 2010, 09:18PM
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Guess marty and I were thinking the same thing. SEE!

At the top of your lungs, all together now...

"SPLI..."

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#62 Justin Azevedo
October 14 2010, 09:21PM
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If everyone put 5 bucks into the pot, I'm sure we could find a cheap hitman. Maybe break his leg.

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#63 Kent Wilson
October 14 2010, 09:22PM
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Justin Azevedo wrote:

If everyone put 5 bucks into the pot, I'm sure we could find a cheap hitman. Maybe break his leg.

You'd only be treating a symptom. not the cause.

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#64 Robert Cleave
October 14 2010, 09:23PM
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Olli Jokinen takes the wrong side of guys every damned time when he throws a hit. It's just uncanny.

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#65 Justin Azevedo
October 14 2010, 09:24PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

You'd only be treating a symptom. not the cause.

Ah yes, but taking out Daz would be significantly more expensive.

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#66 RossCreekNation
October 14 2010, 09:24PM
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Tanguay/Stajan/Iginla
Hagman/Backlund/Jokinen
Glencross/Morrison/Jackman
Meyer/Conroy/Sutter

Bourque/Langkow/Moss/Kotalik/Ivannans

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#67 Justin Azevedo
October 14 2010, 09:26PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Tanguay/Stajan/Iginla
Hagman/Backlund/Jokinen
Glencross/Morrison/Jackman
Meyer/Conroy/Sutter

Bourque/Langkow/Moss/Kotalik/Ivannans

Where's Dawes? Is he hurt or something?

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#68 Kent Wilson
October 14 2010, 09:27PM
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At least they're actually generating something in this period.

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#69 Robert Cleave
October 14 2010, 09:30PM
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Tim Jackman, second liner.

Kinda sums it up.

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#70 Kent Wilson
October 14 2010, 09:32PM
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Robert Cleave wrote:

Tim Jackman, second liner.

Kinda sums it up.

That's a rough reality when you're a cap team.

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#71 dotfras
October 14 2010, 09:33PM
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I don't think they realize Vokoun is in net. They seem to be shooting from everywhere other than where they MIGHT be able to beat him from.

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#72 RossCreekNation
October 14 2010, 09:33PM
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Robert Cleave wrote:

Tim Jackman, second liner.

Kinda sums it up.

Yes... but keep in mind that injured list. There's 4 guys out that would be above him in the lineup. That makes him, what, our 10th best forward. Oh sh!t...

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#73 Kent Wilson
October 14 2010, 09:35PM
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First Stajan with Iginla siting.

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#74 RossCreekNation
October 14 2010, 09:36PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

First Stajan with Iginla siting.

Started period with Tanguay/Stajan/Iginla.

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#75 Kent Wilson
October 14 2010, 09:36PM
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You can put this one to bed.

-3 evening for Staios.

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#76 RossCreekNation
October 14 2010, 09:39PM
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Furthermore, Charlie Simmer is terrible.

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#77 Kent Wilson
October 14 2010, 09:39PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Furthermore, Charlie Simmer is terrible.

haha, as always. Entertainingly so.

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#78 Kent Wilson
October 14 2010, 09:42PM
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First real flurry by an Iginla line since the start of the season.

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#80 marty
October 14 2010, 09:43PM
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@RossCreekNation

i couldn't more with these lines. staios to abby so there is no option to put him in.

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#81 Kent Wilson
October 14 2010, 09:48PM
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Ryan Lambert wrote:

so gang, was yer buddy lambo too negative or alarmingly prescient? YOU DECIDE!

I'd say prescient, but you called for a win over the Oil, so...

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#82 dotfras
October 14 2010, 09:52PM
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Easy fix, Brent needs to buy those targets to put in the corners of the nets.....

Everything is right into the chest of Vokoun.

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#83 Kent Wilson
October 14 2010, 09:56PM
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Well...shut-out in two of the first three games. Both times by probably non playoff teams.

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#84 Robert Cleave
October 14 2010, 09:58PM
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Corsi.

CGY +17, +13 in the third, but most of that was after the game was over. EV shots 22-13 CGY.

That was a sad game. The Flames spent most of the night moving and thinking at the speed of sloth.

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#85 Kent Wilson
October 14 2010, 10:00PM
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Robert Cleave wrote:

Corsi.

CGY +17, +13 in the third, but most of that was after the game was over. EV shots 22-13 CGY.

That was a sad game. The Flames spent most of the night moving and thinking at the speed of sloth.

Yup. All the damage was done in the final 10 when the Panthers were happy to not cross the red line.

Still absolutely punchless. Lacking Langkow and Bourque, who mostly drove things last year, this really shouldn't be a surprise.

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#86 skirby09
October 14 2010, 10:08PM
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Ryan - I respectfully retact my previous comment. After tonight I clearly don't know what I'm talking about. 3-0 to FLA? WTF?

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