Game No. 14: Some real injuries to deal with

Ryan Lambert
November 09 2010 05:17PM



Tonight presents Calgary with a helluva chance to get its act together against a concussion-addled, injury-depleted Avalanche team.

Calgary's roster will fortunately be bolstered by the return of the previously-absent Curtis Glencross, who was sorely missed in Friday's loss, but will also, unfortunately, feature the likes of Steve Staios, again, as Brendan Mikkelsson seems to have run over at least one of the Sutters' dogs.

(Let's be perfectly clear with regard to the Staios situation: he was barely a viable option when there were literally no other defensemen on the roster. Now that there is one, and, it should be noted, one who doesn't completely and totally suck the life out of every single shift, he shouldn't be an option. No one is going to sit here and say Brendan Mikkelsson has been good, but he sure hasn't been Staios-bad. This concludes Today in Completely Logical Steve Staios Bashing and we now return you to your regularly scheduled game thread post.)

Luckily, the Flames' recent offensive woes may soon find a cure, as Colorado's defense is, shall we say, rather loosely patched together with that kinda slightly old hockey tape that still has some adhesion to it, but reminds you to go out and buy a fresh roll before your next beer league game. Scott Hannan and JM Liles is your top pairing and they're going to be asked to eat two helpings of minutes tonight.

I'm going to list the combined NHL games played of their four other defensemen in order, and you'll notice I won't once have to use double digits. Jonos Holos is the stalwart old war horse of the group with nine career games played, all of which have been this year. David Liffiton's picked up six over the past three years, three games this year, two with the Rangers last year, and one the year before. Kevin Shattenkirk just got done playing his second career game on Saturday. And that was Colby Cohen's NHL debut.

So on the plus side, you're looking at a Flames offense that's facing kids who have pretty much no relative NHL experience for about half — more likely a little over that — of the game. And that's in front of Peter Budaj in net who, historically, has been rather poor against Calgary.

I think the solution is clear: trap the absolute piss out of Colorado tonight. Don't give their forwards any room. And don't give up penalties. For the love of Dinosaur Jesus, don't do that.

 

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#51 Rain Dogs
November 09 2010, 09:39PM
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this is brutal.

bad start, worse throughout.

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#52 Rain Dogs
November 09 2010, 09:41PM
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Boo yah Backlund!

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#53 R O
November 09 2010, 09:41PM
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Why don't you go all out on the coaches Kent? I'm sure this team's tacticians could do with a little less ground-worshipping and shoe-licking from local media on their totalitarian-ish desire for control.

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#54 Robert Cleave
November 09 2010, 09:42PM
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Moss got that one back. He and Hagman made the goal with some very nice work.

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#55 SmellOfVictory
November 09 2010, 09:42PM
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Beautiful shot.

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#56 Kent Wilson
November 09 2010, 09:43PM
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R O wrote:

Why don't you go all out on the coaches Kent? I'm sure this team's tacticians could do with a little less ground-worshipping and shoe-licking from local media on their totalitarian-ish desire for control.

Heh. Not sure I'd have enough time for that.

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#57 jbeach403
November 09 2010, 09:44PM
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ohgod i hope stajan isnt seriously hurt

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#58 R O
November 09 2010, 09:44PM
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Movember is awesome.

Glad Moss got that goal going. He was badass in the second, rolling off a stickcheck to the face to keep moving up ice towards the puck. That's character.

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#59 Kent Wilson
November 09 2010, 09:44PM
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Robert Cleave wrote:

Moss got that one back. He and Hagman made the goal with some very nice work.

Yeah, that was a nice sequence.

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#60 Robert Cleave
November 09 2010, 09:51PM
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I'm not always crazy about Matt Stajan's game, but he's no wuss. I'd guess that shoulder he hurt in pre-season is still an issue, but he was right back out there after getting wallpapered.

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#61 Kent Wilson
November 09 2010, 09:54PM
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Are Morrison and Jokinen even playing?

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#62 Robert Cleave
November 09 2010, 09:54PM
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Completely merited goal for Moss, and Hagman made another very good play to get it going.

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#63 jbeach403
November 09 2010, 09:54PM
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Thats a guy who deserved a goal

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#64 Robert Cleave
November 09 2010, 09:55PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Are Morrison and Jokinen even playing?

Joker's out every third shift, but Morrison and Conroy are stapled to the bench.

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#65 R O
November 09 2010, 09:55PM
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Iggy's game in small there. Great position to prevent the pass to a backdoor D in the high slot. Exactly what the winger's job is. Then out of the zone, and BOOM loses the puck in the offensive zone.

Please, please, let this lead stand so we can get the Mosster picture in the postgame.

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#66 Kent Wilson
November 09 2010, 09:55PM
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Moss and the rest are killing it.

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#67 Resolute
November 09 2010, 09:58PM
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Nice to see Moss make up for that brutal giveaway that led to Colorado's goal. Love goat to hero stories.

Anyone else getting constant script errors on this site right now?

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#68 jbeach403
November 09 2010, 09:59PM
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Resolute wrote:

Nice to see Moss make up for that brutal giveaway that led to Colorado's goal. Love goat to hero stories.

Anyone else getting constant script errors on this site right now?

Yeah Im getting script errors- fairly common for me on here though

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#69 Kent Wilson
November 09 2010, 10:00PM
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Well, good to see them pull one out of the fire tonight.

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#70 Kent Wilson
November 09 2010, 10:00PM
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Really? I never get those. What browser you guys using?

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#71 Robert Cleave
November 09 2010, 10:01PM
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Resolute wrote:

Nice to see Moss make up for that brutal giveaway that led to Colorado's goal. Love goat to hero stories.

Anyone else getting constant script errors on this site right now?

No issues for me on the site, but I'm using Chrome. Using Firefox, Res?

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#72 Robert Cleave
November 09 2010, 10:04PM
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Corsi.

CGY +14, and they finished outshooting the Avs at EV 22-19, 12-6 in the third. Mosster and Hagman were straight quality in the third.

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#73 Resolute
November 09 2010, 10:04PM
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@Kent Wilson

Firefox. I'll post the details if it comes back. I think this place just hates me.

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#74 Kent Wilson
November 09 2010, 10:04PM
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I use firefox too.

Anyone having issues, maybe email me a description.

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#75 Rain Dogs
November 09 2010, 10:05PM
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Well, it was a nice finish, but 10 minutes of solid hockey is not going to win many games in this league.

Moss, Backlund and Hagman were great.

Jokinen, Glen X and Bourque pretty good as well.

The rest of the forwards....well... not so much

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#76 Resolute
November 09 2010, 10:06PM
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Man, I hope the Flames send a tape of Cody McLeod aiming for Kipper's head to the league. It wasn't one of those major shots the league is so focused on, but it is exactly the same type - just a complete lack of respect for an opponent.

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#77 Rain Dogs
November 09 2010, 10:07PM
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Wow. Only 5:54 of ice for Morrison. Somebody wasn't liked today.

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#78 R O
November 09 2010, 10:08PM
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I was plenty impressed by kiprusoff. Played through a concussion-level hit.

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#79 Kent Wilson
November 09 2010, 10:08PM
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Robert Cleave wrote:

Corsi.

CGY +14, and they finished outshooting the Avs at EV 22-19, 12-6 in the third. Mosster and Hagman were straight quality in the third.

And the Flames top line is under water.

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#80 Resolute
November 09 2010, 10:08PM
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Script: http://flamesnation.ca/javascripts/jquery-1.3.2.min.js?1286913209:12

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#81 SmellOfVictory
November 09 2010, 10:10PM
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Iggy is starting to bring feelings of genuine sadness when I see the way he's playing this season.

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#82 SmellOfVictory
November 09 2010, 10:10PM
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Rebound.

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#83 Robert Cleave
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Resolute wrote:

Man, I hope the Flames send a tape of Cody McLeod aiming for Kipper's head to the league. It wasn't one of those major shots the league is so focused on, but it is exactly the same type - just a complete lack of respect for an opponent.

Cosign. If Sarich pushed him at all, it sure as hell wasn't very hard. That was some pretty clear intent by McLeod.

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#84 R O
November 09 2010, 10:11PM
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Morrison probably playing injured as per those missed practices.

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#85 Rain Dogs
November 09 2010, 10:12PM
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@Kent Wilson

Tanguay had 20 minutes of ice as well. Sheesh, that line ain't rolling.

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#86 Rain Dogs
November 09 2010, 10:16PM
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Well, It's a step in the right direction, against a hard working team, regardless of if they are half AHL'rs.

Bring on the Coyotes, Sharks, Coyotes, Blackhawks... uhhh... crap.

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#87 Kent Wilson
November 09 2010, 10:18PM
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Resolute wrote:

A script on this page may be busy, or it may have stopped responding. You can stop the script now, or you can continue to see if the script will complete.

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Thanks. I'll send it off to the tech guys.

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#88 GermanFlame
November 09 2010, 10:41PM
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Kent what time you going to be on overtime tonight? Whenever you feel?

My thoughts tonight, Mainly all cliche's. Loving Moss tonight, Glad he is back. If he can bring it like that consistently (Which he has thus far) he can be very useful. Thought it was also good work from Hagman defensively tonight, Last couple of shifts he had I was quite impressed. Hope Galiardi gets better quickly, the wrist didnt look to good as they showed him going to the dressing room.

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#89 Kent Wilson
November 09 2010, 10:53PM
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GermanFlame wrote:

Kent what time you going to be on overtime tonight? Whenever you feel?

My thoughts tonight, Mainly all cliche's. Loving Moss tonight, Glad he is back. If he can bring it like that consistently (Which he has thus far) he can be very useful. Thought it was also good work from Hagman defensively tonight, Last couple of shifts he had I was quite impressed. Hope Galiardi gets better quickly, the wrist didnt look to good as they showed him going to the dressing room.

Probably around 11pm.

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#90 dotfras
November 09 2010, 10:55PM
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Phoenix is garbage, hopefully we get their backup is it Labarbara?

Sharks have 1 monster line, a decent 2nd & a bunch of AHLers, hopefully we face Niemi again.

And Chicago has been pretty underwhelming this season as well.

If the Oilers can beat them anything is possible.

Pretty good game out of our 2nd & 3rd lines, everyone else was brutal though.

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#91 dotfras
November 09 2010, 10:56PM
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Hagman was money tonight, made alot of really good plays with his stick in tight.

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