Game No.8: We Want 10! We Want 10!

Kent Wilson
October 24 2010 05:28PM

 

The gamethread's title was the now infamous chant we all heard in the Shark tank last, during what was likely the most humiliating loss the Flames have suffered in recent memory. The subliminal message layered beneath the Sharks fans non-too-subte mockery was perhaps the more devastating one, however: you're not up to our level, son.

The Flames have been perpetually poised on the cusp of greatness since the run of 2004, without ever really breaking away from the Western Conference middle class. Hopes were high after landing Bouwmeester in the off-season and then leading the division for the first couple of months last year...but the 9-1 loss to the Sharks was truly the dagger in the heart of those aspirations. 

After missing the dance last year and without significant changes in the summer, the Flames fanbase is haunted by the fear that the window for the club to actually take that step into the lelite ranks is rapidly coming to a close. Every game against the likes of the Red Wings and Sharks represents another "validity" tests this year; another one of those chances for the Flames to give us a sign they'll stop merely battling for a play-off spot and actually become a contender.

I'm not sanguine about the Flames chances of making the leap this year, but I'm always open to being convinced. The Columbus game seems to have generally soothed anxieties about the club's offense in town, but I remain skeptical: the quality of opposition, as well as the hideousness of it's goaltending, makes me pause in celebrating Calgary's new-found potency. Some blow-outs are earned, with the score a true reflection of the contest. That wasn't true on Friday: the scoring chance count for each club was within range and the Flames didn't run away with anything possession wise. The primary difference between the teams was the Flames shots happened to go in. That seems glib and unsatisfying, but it's the way of things sometimes - there are nights when the bounces favor you and curse the puck-stopper at the other end. This isn't an indictment of Calgary's performance against the BJ's by any means, but I would say that the 6-spot managed by the Flames on Firday isn't necessarily indicative of anything but the struggles of one Steve Mason during an off-night.

The Sharks, on the other hand, are a truer test. They're on the second night of a back-to-back and the Flames are in their own barn, so this is as favorable as this match-up is going to be for Calgary (short of someone knee-capping Thornton, Heatley, Marleau and Pavelski of course). Like in Detroit, the Flames big guns have nowhere to hide this evening: it's either perform or get buried. Here's hoping it's the former this time.

Let's get it going.

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Former Nations Overlord. Current FN contributor and curmudgeon For questions, complaints, criticisms, etc contact Kent @ kent.wilson@gmail. Follow him on Twitter here.
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#2 CP is GARBAGE
October 24 2010, 06:01PM
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well done Kent. Of paticular note use of the word 'sanguine' should also be commended. I'm learning more and more by visiting flamesnation on a daily basis.

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#5 shep
October 24 2010, 06:13PM
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hmm 4-28 and 3-5 paired

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#8 shep
October 24 2010, 06:18PM
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i like 8 on the pp point btw

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#9 shep
October 24 2010, 06:19PM
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yay

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#11 shep
October 24 2010, 06:20PM
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niemi looking mason-esque though

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#14 shep
October 24 2010, 06:22PM
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yes, for sure

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#15 SarahM
October 24 2010, 06:23PM
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Huh. Nice start, though there's still lots of time for the wheels to come off. Let's see if they can maintain a pace like this for 60 minutes...

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#16 shep
October 24 2010, 06:25PM
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the shuffled d-pairs could be to hard match 4-28 vs thorntons line

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#19 shep
October 24 2010, 06:26PM
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should probably yank niemi about now

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#20 FireOnIce
October 24 2010, 06:26PM
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Niemi pulled already!

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#22 shep
October 24 2010, 06:30PM
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if 3-5 can handle the 2nd thoughs that would be great

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#24 CP is GARBAGE
October 24 2010, 06:33PM
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no, not trying to be sarcastic all. good write up.

bourque again. nice.

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#25 shep
October 24 2010, 06:33PM
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nice shift by 40

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#26 CP is GARBAGE
October 24 2010, 06:33PM
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WE WANT 5....WE WANT 5.....

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#27 SarahM
October 24 2010, 06:34PM
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This is so strange. It's like the Twilight Zone or something...

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#30 Canucks Suck
October 24 2010, 06:36PM
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Lets hope we can deal a bit of revenge for that terrible game in the shark tank last season

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#32 SarahM
October 24 2010, 06:40PM
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@Kent It's the Chicago game that I'm thinking of. Maybe seven goals is a safe lead?

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#34 shep
October 24 2010, 06:41PM
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there seems to be some kind of bermuda triangle of suck in tampa for skilled wingers brought in to play with lecavalier. look at gagne this season

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#36 shep
October 24 2010, 06:48PM
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13 has infinite more chemistry with 10 than 12. it also helps to not play against other teams first lines

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#39 shep
October 24 2010, 06:51PM
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ah well, of to bed here in stockholm. hope they keep it up. knock on wood

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#45 SarahM
October 24 2010, 07:14PM
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@Kent, clearly there wasn't any need to worry that he was being rushed back. That move off the boards to feed Glencross... He's gonna be the best skater on the team again this season.

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#47 SarahM
October 24 2010, 08:11PM
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Poor Glencross. He's been one of the best skaters to start the season, then two posts tonight...

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