Game No. 35: Captain Game Thread

Ryan Lambert
December 21 2010 04:39PM



The best news of the day was that the Flames will unveil their new super hero ahead of the Edmonton game.

So remember at the start of the season the NHL, for some ungodly reason, announced that it was partnering with Stan Lee The Guy Who Created Spider-Man to create 30 superheros, or, as the league is calling them, "Guardians." One for each NHL team.

"What," asked the kind of people who ask these things, "did that cost?"

"Why," asked the everyone else, "would they bother?"

But the important thing to keep in mind when it comes to almost any decision made by the National Hockey League is, "Why even ask?" Yup, the Flames have their own Guardian. Don't read into that too much.

I was remarkably disappointed, however, to find that this superhero already has a name. It is, imaginatively enough, The Flame. That's true. He could be unveiled ahead of Jan. 7's game with the Oilers. When he will face off with... The Oiler? God, these are just lazy.

Let's not dwell on that. Let's focus on tonight's game against the Blue Jackets (I wonder what their "Guardian" is called... probably Rick Nash). In order to avoid yet another three-game losing streak — this would be the season's fifth of those, by the way — they're going to need Henrik Karlsson, who's in for the overworked and underappreciated Miikka Kiprusoff, to be Reasonably Good Man. With points earned in his last three games, and never more than two goals allowed in any of them, he's been that and more.

But the problem, as always, is that the offense simply hasn't been the League of Somewhat Reliable Scorers for quite some time now. There's been the odd noisy outburst (five against Toronto, four against Tampa), but they've scored two goals or fewer in seven of 10 games this month, and that's going to win you absolutely nothing. They haven't lost a game in regulation in which they scored more than three goals since Nov. 13. Of course, that's only happened six times.

And by the way, as of right this second, the only forward certain to be banished to the Pressbox of Solitude, as both Kotalik and Backlund are taking warmups.

Tonight, I am Low Expectations Man.

 

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#51 wattree
December 21 2010, 06:35PM
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Think it would be possible to convince the Flames to only allow Jokinen on the ice during the PP?

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#52 Robert Cleave
December 21 2010, 06:36PM
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Olli Jokinen's one plus-skill rears its head again. Nice feed from the captain, of course.

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#53 Kent Wilson
December 21 2010, 06:36PM
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Well...at least Jokinen is scoring on the PP. Finally.

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#54 Kent Wilson
December 21 2010, 06:37PM
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wattree wrote:

Think it would be possible to convince the Flames to only allow Jokinen on the ice during the PP?

No, but it's a sound strategy.

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#55 hal a pena
December 21 2010, 06:42PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

No, but it's a sound strategy.

saddly it took a quarter of the season for the braintrust to figure things out.

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#56 Kent Wilson
December 21 2010, 06:44PM
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I had the BJ"s ahead again in that period, 9-7. The Flames reeled things in a bit with that PP.

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#57 Kent Wilson
December 21 2010, 06:44PM
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hal a pena wrote:

saddly it took a quarter of the season for the braintrust to figure things out.

More than that. Jokinen has been here before.

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#58 Robert Cleave
December 21 2010, 06:45PM
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Corsi.

CGY -11, -6 in the second. EV shots 26-15 CBJ, 15-8 in the period. The only reason this is a competitive affair is the play of Karlsson.

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#59 hal a pena
December 21 2010, 06:51PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

More than that. Jokinen has been here before.

well noted kent, i was thinking in terms of this season. the new ollie and at half the price.

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#60 wattree
December 21 2010, 07:00PM
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I don't get it. When I coached minor hockey, you could be successful if you looked at your players and built the system around what you had. How do the pros not get it?

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#61 hal a pena
December 21 2010, 07:03PM
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wattree wrote:

I don't get it. When I coached minor hockey, you could be successful if you looked at your players and built the system around what you had. How do the pros not get it?

and you didnt expose your 2 weakest defensemen

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#62 wattree
December 21 2010, 07:08PM
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hal a pena wrote:

and you didnt expose your 2 weakest defensemen

I also benched guys that took stupid penalties.

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#63 Kent Wilson
December 21 2010, 07:09PM
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wattree wrote:

I don't get it. When I coached minor hockey, you could be successful if you looked at your players and built the system around what you had. How do the pros not get it?

It depends on how you evaluate your players. Flames decision makers seem to honestly think that Jokinen is a very good player who has underperformed the last...couple of seasons.

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#64 hal a pena
December 21 2010, 07:13PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

It depends on how you evaluate your players. Flames decision makers seem to honestly think that Jokinen is a very good player who has underperformed the last...couple of seasons.

remove thinking from oliie's game and he is alot better player. just shoot the puck

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#65 Kent Wilson
December 21 2010, 07:25PM
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I've officially had it with this Telus ad.

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#66 Kent Wilson
December 21 2010, 07:34PM
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Talk about your fluke EN goals.

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#67 Robert Cleave
December 21 2010, 07:38PM
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Corsi.

CGY -2, EV shots ended 32-24 CBJ. Morrison, Bourque and Glencross got roasted tonight.

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#68 hal a pena
December 21 2010, 07:53PM
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Robert Cleave wrote:

Corsi.

CGY -2, EV shots ended 32-24 CBJ. Morrison, Bourque and Glencross got roasted tonight.

bourque played tonight, never noticed.

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