Game No. 38: Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?

Ryan Lambert
December 31 2010 04:24PM



I probably don't have to tell you this, but 2010 was not a good year to be a Flames fan.

While it more or less ended with a long-overdue ousting of Darryl Sutter, this has been the ugliest year to be a Flames fan since before the lockout. There was, of course, the slew of off-ice disappointments.

The Olli Jokinen trade to New York that brought Ales Kotalik. The Jokinen signing that brought Jokinen again. The Dion Phaneuf trade that also cost interesting prospect Keith Aulie brought spare parts including Matt Stajan and Ian White. The Stajan contract with the no movement clause that doesn't make much sense. The Ian White trade that brought Tom Kostopulous. And so on and so on.

It hasn't been much prettier on the ice. In 79 games, Calgary took just 74 points, going an ugly 33-38-8. They scored just 177 goals (2.24 per) and allowed 197 (2.49). Neither number is anywhere near where you want a team to be.

They played exactly zero playoff games, and were involved in games that got as ugly as 9-1 and lost 7-2 twice. They went on a nine-game losing streak. They traded for Steve Staios and gave him significant time. They repeatedly scratched decent players in favor of terrible ones. They didn't make a first-round pick in June.

And yet, maybe 2011 will be better. Maybe over the next 12 months the trades for the future will come fast and furious. Maybe we'll have to bid tearful goodbyes to long-celebrated players so that things can start getting better. Maybe the franchise will be run sanely. Maybe everything will get straightened out, and we can be happy again.

We'll find out before you know it.

Take a hike, 2010. You were the friggin' worst.

 

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#1 Rain Dogs
December 31 2010, 04:56PM
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"They scored just 177 goals (2.24 per) and allowed 197 (2.49). Neither number is anywhere near where you want a team to be."

If the numbers you provided are correct, your conclusion is questionable.

Only five teams this year are better than 2.49GA/G. Last year only 6 were and one was Calgary.

Sure, only 1 team scores worse than 2.24 GF/G this year (NJ) and NONE last year. That seems to always be the case with the Flames. Impotent Offense.

But, I think 2.49GA/G is RIGHT where we want to be or at least on the opposite end of a spectrum that includes "not anywhere near".

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#2 negrilcowboy
December 31 2010, 05:56PM
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@Rain Dogs

One thing for certain is that the Flames will begin 2011 in 14th place.

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#3 schevvy
December 31 2010, 07:38PM
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Anyone else realize Sarich is leading the team with a +9?

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#4 negrilcowboy
December 31 2010, 07:47PM
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@schevvy

He can thank Gio for much of it.

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#5 Robert Cleave
December 31 2010, 07:47PM
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Corsi.

CGY +11, EV shots 5-2 Flames. The Iggy and Bourque lines weren't on for so much as one attempt on goal by the Avs at EV. Now they just need to hit the net once in a while.

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#6 schevvy
December 31 2010, 08:24PM
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I think Calgary has the best 4th line in the league

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#7 Robert Cleave
December 31 2010, 08:35PM
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Corsi.

CGY +8, -3 in the second. They were up as high as +16 when they took the 2-0 lead before the Avs pushed back a bit. EV shots 16-9 CGY, 11-7 in the period.

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#8 Robert Cleave
December 31 2010, 09:00PM
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I have no idea what Kipper was doing on that play. I suspect he doesn't either.

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#9 Robert Cleave
December 31 2010, 09:29PM
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Corsi.

CGY +11, EV shots with the goalies in the net finished 20-12 CGY. The Flames were a lot better than Colorado 5v5 tonight. They might consider declining all PPs from here on out, though, because it's like they flip the switch off. Colorado's PK actually outshot them on the night.

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#10 jay
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Rain Dogs wrote:

"They scored just 177 goals (2.24 per) and allowed 197 (2.49). Neither number is anywhere near where you want a team to be."

If the numbers you provided are correct, your conclusion is questionable.

Only five teams this year are better than 2.49GA/G. Last year only 6 were and one was Calgary.

Sure, only 1 team scores worse than 2.24 GF/G this year (NJ) and NONE last year. That seems to always be the case with the Flames. Impotent Offense.

But, I think 2.49GA/G is RIGHT where we want to be or at least on the opposite end of a spectrum that includes "not anywhere near".

how is it questionable when Calgary is in 14 place ?

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