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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#51 JF
October 07 2010, 09:04PM
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Also, Jackman is slug like slow.

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#52 dustin642
October 07 2010, 09:04PM
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I bet Eberle, Hall, and Magnus 2-Names even put on their gear in an amazing youthful-like way by the sounds of this commentary...

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#53 dustin642
October 07 2010, 09:06PM
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I notice the "whos going to win this game poll" on the side is showing 63% in favor of the Oilers.... How many people voted AFTER the first period??

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#54 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 09:09PM
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dustin642 wrote:

I notice the "whos going to win this game poll" on the side is showing 63% in favor of the Oilers.... How many people voted AFTER the first period??

Nah. That's just Oiler fans stuffing the ballot box. Too bad it looks like they might actually be right.

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#55 Rain Dogs
October 07 2010, 09:13PM
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Holy...

Shots 19-9 for Edm. 1-0. Getting owned by a bunch of kids.

Not much has changed, eh?

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#56 CP is GARBAGE
October 07 2010, 09:14PM
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This is all part of the strategy. You see, the flames are so good they only need to play 40 mins. a night.

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#57 SarahM
October 07 2010, 09:16PM
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Woo! They just about hit 1/4 of the previous period's goal total in the first minute of this one.

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#58 Wanyes bastard child
October 07 2010, 09:16PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Nah. That's just Oiler fans stuffing the ballot box. Too bad it looks like they might actually be right.

Props good sir :)

Hey at least your goalie is looking good.

Take it from us Oilers fans after the spankings we had last year, find the positives as you can :P

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#59 dustin642
October 07 2010, 09:19PM
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If Jokinen would stop trying to kiss the puck into the net and actually USE his big Finland sized arms and SLAP it into the net....

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#60 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 09:20PM
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That Iginla/Hagman shift was probably the first legit ES effort by the Flames so far.

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#61 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 09:21PM
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Better possession thus far. Lots of outside shots, but it's better than allowing them.

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#62 JF
October 07 2010, 09:21PM
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Well this period is better so far.

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#63 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 09:24PM
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Gotta say, Bouwmeester looks like garbage tonight.

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#64 dustin642
October 07 2010, 09:25PM
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"these young rookies, stir the drink again"..... Would that drink be, Kool-Aid, perhaps?

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#65 JF
October 07 2010, 09:25PM
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Bouwmeester has been 6.8M worth of Suck this game.

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#66 CP is GARBAGE
October 07 2010, 09:26PM
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have to wonder about the wisdom in building your team around two former Panthers

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#67 dustin642
October 07 2010, 09:27PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Gotta say, Bouwmeester looks like garbage tonight.

Sigh. Agreed. Reading plays as if they were in Arabic. Wake up Jay-BO

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#68 CP is GARBAGE
October 07 2010, 09:28PM
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Mike Peca is a pretty good hockey analyst.

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#69 SarahM
October 07 2010, 09:30PM
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CP is GARBAGE wrote:

Mike Peca is a pretty good hockey analyst.

LOL! That comment might be only thing that happens all night that makes me smile.

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#70 JF
October 07 2010, 09:31PM
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CP is GARBAGE wrote:

Mike Peca is a pretty good hockey analyst.

Sir... I salute you. ;)

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#71 dustin642
October 07 2010, 09:35PM
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Looks like a Hagman injury.... Huzzah!

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#72 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 09:37PM
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dustin642 wrote:

Looks like a Hagman injury.... Huzzah!

Oh man. What a disaster that would be.

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#73 CP is GARBAGE
October 07 2010, 09:37PM
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nice tussle from Sutter.

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#74 dustin642
October 07 2010, 09:38PM
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CP is GARBAGE wrote:

nice tussle from Sutter.

KO'd Fraser with that one. Sutters must hate red-heads

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#75 CP is GARBAGE
October 07 2010, 09:42PM
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Reggie has to let a clapper go there

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#76 Robert Cleave
October 07 2010, 09:45PM
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Bouwmeester looks completely out of it. His positioning is lousy tonight.

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#77 JF
October 07 2010, 09:46PM
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Is that Bouwmeesters third minor?

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#78 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 09:48PM
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Robert Cleave wrote:

Bouwmeester looks completely out of it. His positioning is lousy tonight.

Yup. And guy with his size and speed shouldn't be beaten to the outside as regularly as he has been.

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#79 SmellOfVictory
October 07 2010, 09:48PM
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At least Brodie looks good.

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#80 Robert Cleave
October 07 2010, 09:49PM
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Yup. And guy with his size and speed shouldn't be beaten to the outside as regularly as he has been.

He's been standing still most of the night, just like most of the forwards. Where's Charlie Simmer when you need him?

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#81 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 09:49PM
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A better period chances wise. Flames won 7-6. The shot count was much more lopsided, but a bunch of the Flames efforts were from outside the scoring area.

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#82 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 09:50PM
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SmellOfVictory wrote:

At least Brodie looks good.

He looks quite comfortable, which is encouraging.

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#83 icedawg_42
October 07 2010, 09:52PM
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has hagman had another shift since? I didnt see him. Kipper looks good (thank god)...man Jackman is useless..what a liability.

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#84 SmellOfVictory
October 07 2010, 09:53PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

He looks quite comfortable, which is encouraging.

Hell, he looks more comfortable than 90% of the other Flames.

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#85 GermanFlame
October 07 2010, 09:54PM
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I worried the whole pre-season about Pardy, and hoped Brodie would make it instead of him? Now there are in both? It better be because the trade reason because as a 5th/6th defense-men Sarich is easily better than Pardy!

Still not scoring goals, Eventually we gotta stop saying the goalies are always just playing unreal, As I read here he is the only reason in the 1st period Flames still have a chance, Dont let him down now guys, Come on now.

p.s Down here in kentucky for the week, Anyone got a link for this game? Im content with listening to it with the trusty Mahr and Rogers, just wondering.

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#86 icedawg_42
October 07 2010, 09:58PM
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gotta kinda root for Pardy cause his neice is my daughters best friend, but yeah - he looks a little pokey out there. and yes, kipper's stealing the show....again.

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#87 dotfras
October 07 2010, 09:58PM
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Should be a link on here.

http://atdhe.net/

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#88 Robert Cleave
October 07 2010, 10:08PM
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That was a terrible read by the kid.

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#89 CP is GARBAGE
October 07 2010, 10:08PM
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beauty

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#90 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 10:09PM
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Sigh.

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#91 dustin642
October 07 2010, 10:09PM
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What else is on TV tonight?

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#92 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 10:10PM
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Robert Cleave wrote:

That was a terrible read by the kid.

Yup. he needs to back off that a lot quicker than he did.

That said, quite the play to finish.

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#93 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 10:11PM
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That puts this one to bed.

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#94 GermanFlame
October 07 2010, 10:12PM
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'Jaw dropped' Just as Maher said about the Eberle goal, cant teach that, There goes all the optimism I had for this season. Time to realize nothing has changed because we still have the same players, Atta boy kipper thanks for the chance tonight.

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#95 dustin642
October 07 2010, 10:12PM
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Wow, nobody likes Colin Frasers face. First Sutter punches through it and now Reggie smashes it into the turnbuckle

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#96 GermanFlame
October 07 2010, 10:13PM
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dustin642 wrote:

What else is on TV tonight?

Good call...

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#97 dustin642
October 07 2010, 10:17PM
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I waited since April. Everyday, checking these sites. Reading the blogs, following the news and rumors all summer long. Every day. For this?

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#98 SarahM
October 07 2010, 10:18PM
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Kinda hoping Eberle gets another one now. Why not, at this point?

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#99 Kent Wilson
October 07 2010, 10:19PM
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Well...can't say the Oilers don't deserve their lead.

To be fair to the decision makers, half their forward corps is on the shelf. To be fair to those of us who criticize them, the ostensible first line is healthy and there's more than $6 in cap dollars sitting in the press box.

All that said...it's only one game.

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#100 GermanFlame
October 07 2010, 10:19PM
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And to top it off an injury in Gio?

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