Game No.29: Who Crowned These Guys?

Ryan Lambert
December 09 2010 07:18PM

 

 

You wanna talk about a team that kind of sucks?

Obviously as a person who kinda-sorta tolerates the Calgary Flames, I'm not in much of a position to talk, but holy crap do I think the Kings are a bad team.

I'm not even going to use the fact that they're dead last in their division as ammo because they're four points out of first with games in hand on everyone. But seriously, they're behind the Ducks in the standings right now. This is not a thing that should be happening. Regardless of games played.

Why, it's almost as though the team that got 100-plus points last season wasn't all that good to begin with. First of all, I can't imagine that anyone on the planet who would think Jon Quick is a decent NHL-level netminder who should be carrying this much water for a team with pretensions of being a Western power. Well, anyone who isn't Terry Murray and Dean Lombardi and maybe Mr. and Mrs. Quick of the Connecticut Quicks. Woulda thought the stats last year were enough to prove that. Oh but jeez he got 39 wins last year. A franchise record. He also had a save percentage near .900 so maybe, just maybe, he backed into it.

Then the defense. Obviously by the end of his career, Drew Doughty's closet is going to be so full of Norrises that they fall out like a Marx Brothers movie when he opens it, but other than that? Willie Mitchell and Jack Johnson are alright and Scuderi is a fine No.2-3 guy. But any team giving Davis Drewiske and Peter Harrold actual NHL minutes is one that is going to lean on its top pairing heavily. Clearly, they're handling the load so far, but how long can they keep that up?

And up front it's just a nightmare. Apart from Anze Kopitar and Duatin Brown, they might not have one other top-six forward. Alex Ponikarovsky is their top-line left wing most nights. And he's hurt right now. They have 69 goals in 25 games. Sixty-nine. You almost have to try to be that bad. It's going to be hilarious when this team.

So please, welcome the Los Angeles Kings. The biggest frauds in the Western Conference.

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#51 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 10:17PM
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SmellOfVictory wrote:

Also if I see Backlundon the 4th line again I'm going to hunt Brent Sutter down and punch his face off.

Yeah, doesn't make sense. Backlund has been playing well enough this year not to warrant that treatment. Give the kid a shot at the PP too.

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#52 hal a pena
December 09 2010, 10:17PM
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surrendering twice as many shots on goal after the second stanza. so is it the players? the system?

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#53 Robert Cleave
December 09 2010, 10:17PM
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Corsi.

CGY -16, -9 in the period. It was actually -18 until the little flurry by Backlund. EV shots 19-11 L.A., 8-3 in the second. Calgary needed 16 minutes to get an EV shot. This game should be over, really.

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#54 icedawg_42
December 09 2010, 10:19PM
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Robert Cleave wrote:

Corsi.

CGY -16, -9 in the period. It was actually -18 until the little flurry by Backlund. EV shots 19-11 L.A., 8-3 in the second. Calgary needed 16 minutes to get an EV shot. This game should be over, really.

speechless...

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#55 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 10:20PM
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hal a pena wrote:

surrendering twice as many shots on goal after the second stanza. so is it the players? the system?

Let's just go with "all of the above" at this point in the proceedings.

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#56 hal a pena
December 09 2010, 10:26PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Let's just go with "all of the above" at this point in the proceedings.

multiple choices answers to why the flames are skating in sand.lol. just a player away from bein a contenda, rock.

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#57 icedawg_42
December 09 2010, 10:35PM
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is it me or has the audio feed on sportsnet one gone haywire?

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#58 SmellOfVictory
December 09 2010, 10:36PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Yeah, doesn't make sense. Backlund has been playing well enough this year not to warrant that treatment. Give the kid a shot at the PP too.

Haha no kidding. Not like Sutter even has to worry about messing with a good thing on that front.

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#59 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 10:40PM
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Well...the Kings were bound to get a bounce go their way eventually.

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#60 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 10:40PM
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Well...the Kings were bound to get a bounce go their way eventually.

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#61 hal a pena
December 09 2010, 10:41PM
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SmellOfVictory wrote:

Haha no kidding. Not like Sutter even has to worry about messing with a good thing on that front.

which sutter are we talking about brent or darryll the bad emperor?

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#62 SmellOfVictory
December 09 2010, 10:43PM
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Brent the bad right hand man, in this case.

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#63 FireOnIce
December 09 2010, 10:45PM
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Where is Bourque? Where is Kotalik? Where is Jokinen? Where is Moss?

I thought this team was supposed to have scoring depth. As is, we have no scoring at all. Just a bunch of players floating around, tipping it wide, taking terrible penalties, and generally being a bunch of overpaid slags.

When does chemistry begin to develop, or are these guys being paid to throw the games?

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#64 FireOnIce
December 09 2010, 10:46PM
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On a side note, it's too bad we don't have these Flames anymore...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbJqUb6lU2M

At least they were entertaining to watch.

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#65 hal a pena
December 09 2010, 10:47PM
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SmellOfVictory wrote:

Brent the bad right hand man, in this case.

the sutter brutters hockey house of horrors. darryll as the lunatic doctor, brent as his sidekick igor and the team as frankenstein.

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#66 Rain Dogs
December 09 2010, 10:49PM
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Holy river hockey time.

Oh well, at least it looks like they are trying.

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#67 SmellOfVictory
December 09 2010, 10:50PM
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Nice effort guys, but the game actually started 50 minutes ago.

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#68 hal a pena
December 09 2010, 10:50PM
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FireOnIce wrote:

Where is Bourque? Where is Kotalik? Where is Jokinen? Where is Moss?

I thought this team was supposed to have scoring depth. As is, we have no scoring at all. Just a bunch of players floating around, tipping it wide, taking terrible penalties, and generally being a bunch of overpaid slags.

When does chemistry begin to develop, or are these guys being paid to throw the games?

they arent talented enough to throw games.

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#69 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 10:51PM
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Flames are tilting the ice now that they're down by two. That's no great feat chasing in the third though. It will likely end up a case of too little, too late.

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#70 Rain Dogs
December 09 2010, 10:52PM
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@FireOnIce

Well.... Moss isn't playing.

Also, we don't have ANY goals, so I don't think naming only those names this game is different than naming anyone else.

Hell, I'd take a goal from Kiprusoff at this point.

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#71 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 10:52PM
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@FireOnIce

Heh. Moss was scratched.

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#72 hal a pena
December 09 2010, 10:55PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Heh. Moss was scratched.

guess he isnt a vital cog, and they had big plays for him down the middle.

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#73 Rain Dogs
December 09 2010, 10:58PM
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I swear if Jokinen played all season like he has this period he might have...

3 goals...

that line has been better without Kotalik

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#74 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 10:58PM
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hal a pena wrote:

guess he isnt a vital cog, and they had big plays for him down the middle.

The list of vital cogs on this team grows ever shorter.

That said, I like Moss. He should be in the line-up as far as Im concerned.

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#75 Flamin Cannot's
December 09 2010, 10:59PM
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I miss: Dion Langkow Skilled forwards... Cammy

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#76 Rain Dogs
December 09 2010, 11:00PM
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Yes!

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#77 Rain Dogs
December 09 2010, 11:01PM
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What did I say...

3 goals!

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#78 icedawg_42
December 09 2010, 11:06PM
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well...looks like we're still back to the Win 1 Lose 1 streak.

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#79 hal a pena
December 09 2010, 11:07PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

The list of vital cogs on this team grows ever shorter.

That said, I like Moss. He should be in the line-up as far as Im concerned.

as flames forwards go, moss would be a winger on the third unit. giving tough minutes and any scoring would be a bonus. being sat while less talent plays is a head scratcher.

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#80 otto
December 09 2010, 11:07PM
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@Flamin Cannot's

I miss 60 min of effort.

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#81 Kent Wilson
December 09 2010, 11:08PM
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Not sure what Bourque is thinking about there. He deserves to be suspended.

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#82 Rain Dogs
December 09 2010, 11:08PM
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Brutal.

Well, it's tough to win when you only play 2 periods.

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#83 icedawg_42
December 09 2010, 11:09PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Not sure what Bourque is thinking about there. He deserves to be suspended.

You really think so? it was stupid, but it didnt strike me as THAT bad...

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#84 Rain Dogs
December 09 2010, 11:10PM
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I dunno. It's surely a penalty, but I don't think it's a suspension.

Then again... I thought for sure GlenX was getting 3 games at least, so it shows what I know.

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#85 Robert Cleave
December 09 2010, 11:15PM
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Corsi.

CGY -14, +2 in the period. EV shots finished 27-23. L.A. played a pretty tidy game until the last 3 or 4 minutes.

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#86 icedawg_42
December 09 2010, 11:16PM
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why do they only ever go + anything when they're chasing with 3 minutes left in the third!

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#87 hal a pena
December 09 2010, 11:18PM
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icedawg_42 wrote:

You really think so? it was stupid, but it didnt strike me as THAT bad...

bourque had a meltdown. bonehead move, the league will be looking at this. its the intent that is in question.

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#88 dotfras
December 09 2010, 11:29PM
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Don't think he should be suspended, but if he does at least Moss & maybe Conny will draw back in ;).

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#89 SmellOfVictory
December 09 2010, 11:54PM
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I loved reading Doughty's lips after that poke. "Piece of (rhymes with spit)."

Anyhoo, that was a painful game to watch.

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