Game No. 1: Hello

Ryan Lambert
October 07 2010 04:25PM


Oh would you look at that, it's a regular season hockey game. I haven't seen one of those in a while.

All hockey teams start their seasons with the stated goal of winning the Stanley Cup, and that's as noble a design as any. But realistically, most teams don't have a chance of lifting the hallowed trophy over their heads. As few as four teams can, in any given year, really be considered Cup contenders, especially on opening night.

The Calgary Flames are not one of them.

Being completely realistic, tonight begins an 82-game, seven-month trek toward what is hopefully a respectable performance. Making the playoffs is a considerably more achievable goal than winning 16 postseason games of a possible 28 come springtime. (Although, if Calgary wins that frequently in the regular season, that's only a 94-point season, which, while better than they did last year, still wouldn't get them into the playoffs most seasons.)

But at least the season is rather likely to start off with a W. Let's be honest: this Oilers team is probably almost as bad as it was last year. While the offense is likely to improve, the defending, and particularly that provided by the forwards, is going to be subpar to put it lightly.

Three rookies up front. Two of which are on one line. Think it'll be easy for more veteran clubs to push these lines around, especially early in the season? You bet. And if there's one thing the Flames have going for them in that regard, it's a group of guys who serve little more purpose than shuffling the puck around and burying it along the boards.

Nikolai Khabibulin goes against the Flames tonight as well, and nothing says "inspiring confidence" like a goaltender whose spine looks like one of those broken slinkys and who hasn't played since November 2009 and who is 37.

And the defense in front of him? Yikes. It's anchored — ANCHORED — by Tom Gilbert and Ryan Whitney. And Theo frigging Peckham is on it.

Slam dunk easy W for the Flames tonight, right? I'm allowed to call at least one, aren't I?

 

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#1 BUCK75
October 07 2010, 04:50PM
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HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOO

*echo*

Is anybody here?!?!?!?

Oilers win 5-3.

*drinks another slurp of oilers koolaid.

FIST

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#2 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 05:25PM
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Nikolai Khabibulin goes against the Flames tonight as well, and nothing says "inspiring confidence" like a goaltender whose spine looks like one of those broken slinkys and who hasn't played since November 2009 and who is 37.

That's why he self medicates with alcohol. And then drives around.

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#3 jeanshorts
October 07 2010, 05:29PM
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YA'LL ARE JUST A BUNCH OF GAYS! GGGGAAAYYYY!!!!!

Seriously though is anyone excited at the prospect of another Cirque De Soleil pre-game show to kick off the season?? Nothing says hockey like a bunch of shirtless dudes spinning around above the ice!

GOILERS!

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#4 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 05:54PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

YA'LL ARE JUST A BUNCH OF GAYS! GGGGAAAYYYY!!!!!

Seriously though is anyone excited at the prospect of another Cirque De Soleil pre-game show to kick off the season?? Nothing says hockey like a bunch of shirtless dudes spinning around above the ice!

GOILERS!

Oh no. You guys aren't going with that opening again are you?

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#5 RossCreekNation
October 07 2010, 06:13PM
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The Flames already lost today when word of Cory Sarich's NMC kicking in spread. Oh well... at least we pretty much know who's on he team for the next 2 or 3 years.

*sigh*

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#6 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 06:30PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

The Flames already lost today when word of Cory Sarich's NMC kicking in spread. Oh well... at least we pretty much know who's on he team for the next 2 or 3 years.

*sigh*

Now the Flames boast a league leading 11 NTC/NMC.

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#7 dotfras
October 07 2010, 06:45PM
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Hedley/Whatever that water light show thing on the ice in Toronto was pretty bad too. I wonder if any teams actually have a GOOD opening.

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#8 jeanshorts
October 07 2010, 07:15PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Oh no. You guys aren't going with that opening again are you?

A boy can dream can't he?

On a completely unrelated note that Dustin Boyd kid has looked pretty good for Montreal tonight huh? Maybe the Flames can draft a player like him some day.

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#9 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 07:27PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

A boy can dream can't he?

On a completely unrelated note that Dustin Boyd kid has looked pretty good for Montreal tonight huh? Maybe the Flames can draft a player like him some day.

Sigh, yeah. Glancing at the 3rd and 4th lines the Flames are dressing tonight makes me contemptuous of that trade all over again.

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#10 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 07:39PM
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According to Marek, MacIntyre is indeed in the line-up tonight. So we probably will see some dancing bears.

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#11 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 08:14PM
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Here we go....

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#12 dustin642
October 07 2010, 08:20PM
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What are we, 2 minutes in and I am already sick of hearing about the "youth movement" in Edmonton. We get it guys.

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#13 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 08:20PM
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What are we, 2 minutes in and I am already sick of hearing about the "youth movement" in Edmonton. We get it guys.

haha, better get used to it.

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#14 dustin642
October 07 2010, 08:25PM
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Meyer drank his red bull tonight. Good to see that energy

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#15 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 08:26PM
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Huh. Didn't think Meyer would be the first guy to throw down this year.

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#16 dustin642
October 07 2010, 08:28PM
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20,000 people swearing in the first period... You stay classy Edmonton

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#17 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 08:28PM
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EDM with the better chances thus far.

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#18 dustin642
October 07 2010, 08:31PM
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dustin642 wrote:

20,000 people swearing in the first period... You stay classy Edmonton

After seeing the review on that Penner play, I can see why. Should have been a goal

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#19 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 08:31PM
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Yup. Flames got lucky there.

Not impressed with their performance thus far.

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#20 Robert Cleave
October 07 2010, 08:34PM
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They look terrible. And Kipper might want that one back.

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#21 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 08:35PM
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Robert Cleave wrote:

They look terrible. And Kipper might want that one back.

Yup. Nothing to like in this period so far.

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#22 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 08:37PM
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Oilers are dominating.

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#23 CP is garbage
October 07 2010, 08:37PM
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aside from the Iginla shift after the first goal, flames are getting skated badly

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#24 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 08:38PM
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CP is garbage wrote:

aside from the Iginla shift after the first goal, flames are getting skated badly

Yeah, the Oilers seem quicker all over the ice.

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#25 shep
October 07 2010, 08:39PM
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40 looks good

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#26 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 08:43PM
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shep wrote:

40 looks good

haha. I applaud you looking for the silver lining.

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#27 CP is garbage
October 07 2010, 08:44PM
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wow, did Jackman get danced there

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#28 dustin642
October 07 2010, 08:44PM
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10 bucks says Brent Sutter tightens up the D after all the Oilers odd man rushes after this period, probably the end of the pinching D man before it even began. Brodie looks great, however, thus far.

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#29 CP is garbage
October 07 2010, 08:45PM
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OLIWA..OLIWA..OLIWA..

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#30 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 08:46PM
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I can't think of a better way to suddenly drain all the optimism and good will the pre-season created than this first period from the Flames.

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#31 dustin642
October 07 2010, 08:47PM
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Gee the way Calgary is playing, you wouldn't think that they would want to delay this game any more...

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#32 Pat Steinberg
October 07 2010, 08:49PM
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Adam Pardy

clap clap clapclapclap

Oh wait. Brutal.

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#33 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 08:50PM
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Pat Steinberg wrote:

Adam Pardy

clap clap clapclapclap

Oh wait. Brutal.

hahaha, oh boy. So...Sarich back in next game?

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#34 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 08:50PM
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Pat Steinberg wrote:

Adam Pardy

clap clap clapclapclap

Oh wait. Brutal.

hahaha, oh boy. So...Sarich back in next game?

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#35 JF
October 07 2010, 08:51PM
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Yuck, we're getting owned. Our guys mostly look slow. Penalty parade is embarrassing.

Question: Is Backlund not the best center out there so far? looks it to my eye.

Opinion: TJ Brodie can stay, Adam Pardy should sit he's looked poor so far.

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#36 dustin642
October 07 2010, 08:52PM
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Redemption time. Gain my trust again with a PP goal on this shift.

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#37 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 08:53PM
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Iginla's line just got worked by Hall and Eberle. Yuck.

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#38 dotfras
October 07 2010, 08:53PM
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Brodie's looking great. So close on that SH rush from Glencross & Tanguay. Other than that not too many positives.

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#39 CP is GARBAGE
October 07 2010, 08:54PM
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Brodie and Tanguay look good so far hopefully the vets wake up.

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#40 SarahM
October 07 2010, 08:54PM
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dustin642 wrote:

Redemption time. Gain my trust again with a PP goal on this shift.

You remember this team, right? They don't score PP goals...

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#41 Robert Cleave
October 07 2010, 08:54PM
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Iggy's cheating up ice on every shift. I'm not a fan of that.

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#42 CP is GARBAGE
October 07 2010, 08:54PM
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Sairch back in next game.

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#43 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 08:55PM
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Iggy's cheating up ice on every shift. I'm not a fan of that.

Especially since it hasn't helped him a bit.

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#44 Pat Steinberg
October 07 2010, 08:55PM
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Not an impressive first period, but it's only 1-0. Oilers outskating and outshooting 19-9.

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#45 CP is GARBAGE
October 07 2010, 08:57PM
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I'll have to take a page from Jim Romes book;

I Gotta say, T.J. Brodie wearing 66 is like showing up to a party with a boner in sweat pants

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#46 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 08:57PM
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Scoring chances were...ready...

12-1 in favor of the Oilers. I had to count it twice to believe it. Absolute humiliation.

Bright side? Uhhh...Brodie didn't look out of place?

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#47 dustin642
October 07 2010, 08:57PM
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Well, we did get killed in play but at least not in the score. Hopefully a wake-up call during the intermission will put us back in it.

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#48 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 08:58PM
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Oh...and the Flames one chance came on the PK. It was that tip by Tangs.

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#49 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 08:59PM
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I guess that's the other silver lining...despite being owned, the score is only 1-0.

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#50 JF
October 07 2010, 09:00PM
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19-9... 19 to effing 9. We're lucky to be only down by 1. I'm getting a flashback to the Detroit game a few years back.

Pardy needs to sit in the press box next game.

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