Game No. 12: We forward in this generation. (Triumphantly?)

Ryan Lambert
November 03 2010 06:08PM



What better way for a team that completely lost its ability to defend to get itself back together than to play against a team with ample skill and speed?

Calgary's been pretty poor lately.

No, no, it's true.

There's been finger-pointing and criticism and a whole hell of a lot of goals being given up. Now the Flames face their toughest test of the season to date. And for the second time the Red Wings are the opposition in that test. Obviously, last time didn't go so well as Calgary came out on the wrong end of a 4-2 loss after, you guessed it, taking a relatively early lead. So what's going to make tonight different?

Well, for one thing, Calgary's had a lot of time to get its act together since Saturday's gong show loss. That's completely unlike the last time they played Detroit, on the road, just two days after sneaking by the Predators in Nashville. For another, there's the pressure. Teams of veterans, such as this one, often respond better to hideous, ugly, embarrassing losses in which all their faults are laid bare for the whole league to see. (And everyone saw them, make no mistake about that.)

If, as Brent Sutter suggests, not everyone was "buying into the system" — that old gag — then that Washington game hopefully provided enough to start doing it. After all, there was no one spared from the tough questions that inevitably follow losses like that. Everyone stepped up and said the right things to the media.

But now the important part: stepping up and doing the right things on the ice. A loss will start bringing to mind that nightmarish spiral of last season that mercifully ended on New Years' Eve. It might also signal midnight struck for Brent Sutter some time ago, and no one noticed that he was a pumpkin behind the bench and in the dressing room until just now.

On the other hand, a win tonight will help to re-legitimize a team that, frankly, has a lot over which to be ashamed in its recent performances.

Either way, it should be riveting television, eh?

 

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#51 Kent Wilson
November 03 2010, 09:56PM
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How's this for positives? Jokinen hasn't been bad this evening.

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#52 Kent Wilson
November 03 2010, 10:03PM
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Alright start to the PP, but nothing since.

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#53 SmellOfVictory
November 03 2010, 10:04PM
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That second pp unit was awful.

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#54 RossCreekNation
November 03 2010, 10:05PM
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May as well spread the 3 playmakers out over 3 lines (Tanguay, Stajan, Morrison), rather than have Stajan & Tanguay BOTH trying to set up a strugggggling Iginla, no? Play 1 with Iggy, 1 with Jokinen & 1 with Bourque.

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#55 Flamin Cannot's
November 03 2010, 10:06PM
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game over, let the iggy vs butter fire storm begin!

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#56 Kent Wilson
November 03 2010, 10:06PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

May as well spread the 3 playmakers out over 3 lines (Tanguay, Stajan, Morrison), rather than have Stajan & Tanguay BOTH trying to set up a strugggggling Iginla, no? Play 1 with Iggy, 1 with Jokinen & 1 with Bourque.

shuffling deck chairs either way.

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#57 RossCreekNation
November 03 2010, 10:07PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

shuffling deck chairs either way.

Obviously. What else, just play out the string like this and try again next season?

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#58 Kent Wilson
November 03 2010, 10:08PM
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Chances were 7-4 in favor of the Red Wings...and the Flames got three of theirs on the 4 minutes PP.

Pretty poor performance while trailing on home ice.

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#59 Robert Cleave
November 03 2010, 10:08PM
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Corsi.

CGY -27, -11 in the third. EV shots 25-9 DET, 11-2 in the third. Who was chasing the game, again?

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#60 Kent Wilson
November 03 2010, 10:11PM
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Robert Cleave wrote:

Corsi.

CGY -27, -11 in the third. EV shots 25-9 DET, 11-2 in the third. Who was chasing the game, again?

Pretty hideous.

Safe to say the re-shuffling of the lines didn't have the desired effect. But we already knew that was going to happen, didn't we?

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#61 Robert Cleave
November 03 2010, 10:18PM
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@Kent Wilson

I'm mostly disappointed by the way Detroit's bottom six walked over the Flames. They've done nothing all season until tonight. The Flames have a few issues, but they shouldn't look this bad, IMO. They were completely outclassed at EV tonight. 9 shots in 38+ minutes on home ice shouldn't happen irrespective of the opponent.

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#62 RossCreekNation
November 03 2010, 10:18PM
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This team sucks. Time for Darryl to get active. The sooner he realizes it, the better. They don't need to blow it up, but they do need to make changes. I'm open to just about anything.

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#63 OilFan
November 03 2010, 10:32PM
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@RossCreekNation

All the player's have no trade clauses. ~ aren't they above 500~

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#64 RossCreekNation
November 03 2010, 10:38PM
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There are only 3 players on the Flames making over $1.5M that do NOT have a NTC/NMC (Hagman, White & Staios) :(

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#65 SmellOfVictory
November 03 2010, 10:42PM
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The shuffling (prior to the game) was entirely unwarranted. They had a couple of bad games, and now Butter once again wants to break up lines that were doing well simply because he has no other recourse? Screw him.

Here's what should've happened: Meyer in box. Moss replaces. Lines finished. The 4th line becomes a pretty reasonable checking line, and the other lines can be rolled in such a way as to hopefully take advantage of weaknesses in the other teams.

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