Game No.7: New Kid in Town

Kent Wilson
October 22 2010 05:08PM

Ryan is out of commission today, so the game thread snark will have to come from me.

Yesterday did a lot to undermine both the fans and the coaches belief in the top end of the roster: Iginla to some degree, but Jokinen mostly. Why there was faith there in the first place is probably truer mystery, given the manner in which the previous Jokinen experiment failed so spectacularly. And althogh we're just six games into the new year, it's safe to say the theorized "Alex Tanguay can feed the two snipers!!1!" fix...ain't.

With all the new stats and analysis and graphs and discussion of player types, one very simple truth sometimes gets lost in the mix: having a good team is about having good players. While discussions of chemistry and fitting sniper A with passer B provides fodder for messageboards and water coolers, what really matters is how effective you versus other good players. As such, nothing was going to make Jokinen a better player when he landed back in Calgary, short of a miralce and drastic change in how he was being by Sutter. We collectively didn't pray enough, so the former hasn't happened (yet). With Joker being benched last night and slowly being filtered down the line-up, we may be moving closer to the latter.

New kid Mikkelson will be in the line-up tonight and he's performance will hopefully good enough to push Staios even closer to Abbotsford. The Blue Jackets have proven to be a formidable foe for the Flames over the years (despite being rather mediocre) and this being a second night of back-to-back means the 23 year old won't exactly be coddled in his Flames debut.

Fire it up.

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#3 M F
October 22 2010, 05:16PM
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Kent, you should fire up the "Cover it Live" for a live blog. Or does it cost money or something?

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#4 M F
October 22 2010, 05:17PM
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Kent, based on your logic

Good Players = Good PP

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#7 M F
October 22 2010, 05:21PM
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Yeah, I suppose, since you are counting the chances too.

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#8 Pat Steinberg
October 22 2010, 05:21PM
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Well at the very least, that second line did a nice job down low and drew a penalty. I'll take anything positive when Jokinen is on the ice.

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#10 Pat Steinberg
October 22 2010, 05:23PM
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I wasn't a huge detractor of the Morrison signing, I thought it was not bad...but I'm starting to come around. Last three games, he's been pretty impressive.

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#12 Pat Steinberg
October 22 2010, 05:24PM
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Nice job Mason. Oh well, it's a powerplay goal.

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#16 Pat Steinberg
October 22 2010, 05:30PM
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Hagman's goal officially ES. So no PP goal. Another chance here though, make it work.

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#18 Justin Azevedo
October 22 2010, 05:35PM
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@Kent Wilson

Because Sutter hates us.

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#22 Justin Azevedo
October 22 2010, 05:45PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Yikes. Bad rebound by Karlsson this time.

Chances are 3-2 and the score is 2-1!

At least the Flames are actually playing with Karlsson in net.

A big change from the "shuffle around aimlessly" that they did in front of McBackup.

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#25 JPK
October 22 2010, 05:49PM
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Gotta feel sorry for the Blue Jackets. They ring one off the post, then it goes the other way and Mason let's in an easy one. Not their day.

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#28 coptin_
October 22 2010, 06:06PM
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jokers got 2 points already tonite,how long till butter puts him on the first line?

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#29 Greg
October 22 2010, 06:11PM
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Boy, White has looked just terrible this season. Good thing we didn't give him that extra $3.

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#30 coptin_
October 22 2010, 06:12PM
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nice shortie

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#32 Greg
October 22 2010, 06:13PM
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Great play by Backlund! Is it safe to say he'll usurp Sexpanther's spot on the second line within a month?

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#34 Justin Azevedo
October 22 2010, 06:14PM
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Greg wrote:

Great play by Backlund! Is it safe to say he'll usurp Sexpanther's spot on the second line within a month?

If there is a god, he will make that happen.

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#35 JPK
October 22 2010, 06:15PM
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Is our PK really that good or is is Columbus's PP just that bad?

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#36 Greg
October 22 2010, 06:15PM
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That was a two handed to the face by Nash. It should be suspendable, but I'm not sure it'll even be reviewed.

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#38 Greg
October 22 2010, 06:18PM
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Haha, Iggy donates $2K per goal to kids sport... Wonder if they are starting to worry about their funding this year?

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#40 Justin Azevedo
October 22 2010, 06:19PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Probably a bit of both.

Really surprised with how listless the BJ's are in their own barn tonight.

To be fair, it's hard to play for your fans when there's only 6000 of them.

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#42 dickshilling
October 22 2010, 06:21PM
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looks like Mikkelson was the missing piece of the puzzle

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#44 SarahM
October 22 2010, 06:21PM
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@Kent If the crowd is anything like it was last home game, I'm not sure it feels much like a home game in Columbus...

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#45 JPK
October 22 2010, 06:26PM
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Justin Azevedo wrote:

To be fair, it's hard to play for your fans when there's only 6000 of them.

Haha. I just saw a player on the Columbus bench yawning. Kid you not. They really don't care.

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#48 Justin Azevedo
October 22 2010, 06:39PM
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@Kent Wilson

Agreed. This is possibly the longest 40 minutes in the history of mankind.

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#50 SarahM
October 22 2010, 06:40PM
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@Kent All of a sudden I don't blame Columbus residents for not shelling out for tickets. Not the most inspiring team in the world, are they? And the Flames appear to ahve decided to play down to their level...

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