GDFD No. 60: Mr. Kotalik Goes to Ottawa

Ryan Lambert
February 09 2010 04:56PM


Welcome to the Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s 60th game of the season on Feb. 6, 2010.

I think this is going to be a pretty interesting game between two teams that are fairly evenly matched.

Now that last part might confuse some of you since Calgary was, until recently, a team that was taking perhaps the biggest tumble in team history (given the quality of the squad and all that) and Ottawa just went on an insane run in which it conceded just 13 goals over 11 games. You read both of those numbers right.

But really, it took Ottawa winning a bunch of games in a row and Calgary losing almost as many to get these teams to roughly the same level in the standings. Calgary is, after all this, still only four points back of the current Northeast Division runners-up in the same number of games. And Ottawa has the benefit of, y'know, playing in the Eastern Conference, from which eight of the league's 10 worst teams hail. Calgary would never have gone on a slide as bad as That One if they were playing Toronto, Carolina and the Islanders for 14 combined games per year.

But there is a mitigating factor when it comes to the Sens: they just got clowned by the Leafs on Saturday to the tune of a five-goal shutout loss. Last thing the Flames need right now is a game against a pissed-off team that is capable of completely shutting the door defensively, can bring it physically and at least has a better offense than the Flames.

Calgary could win by two, it could lose by three. Neither would surprise me.

 

Who

The Calgary Flames (29-21-9 for 67 points. Seventh in the West, third in the Northwest) and the Ottawa Senators (33-22-4 for 70 points. Fifth in the East, second in the Northeast).

When

5:30 p.m. Mountain time and 7:30 p.m. Eastern time. All other time zones should find out how they sound to crazy foreigners.

Where

ScotiaBank Place, Kannata, Ontario.

Calgary is 15-8-6 on the road this year, and have gotten points in four of the last five overall. The Senators are 21-8-3 at home, and just had an 11-game winning streak snapped.

What (to hate about the Sens)

Mike Fisher — Honestly, why does anyone think this guy should have gotten consideration for the Canadian Olympic team? He has 43 points in 57 games. I don't care how good he is defensively, you have to score more than that if you want to make it to the Olympics. Unless you're like German or something, in which case 43 points probably gets you a captaincy.

Jarkko Ruutu — Just because Dion's gone doesn't mean we don't still remember the skate-biting incident. Seriously, what was that about?

Jonathan Cheechoo — The Pride of Moose Factory ain't doing so well these days. Remember when this guy won a Rocket Richard? He scored 56 goals in 2005-06, then 37, then 23, then 12. This year's total: 5. Yikes.

Why

Because we're running out of games before the Olympics. Enjoy the game and plan for the next three weeks in the comments section.

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#1 AlMacinnis
February 09 2010, 05:18PM
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The sound of drums. Which the Master calls the "drums of war".

Ales Kotalik™ is in the building.

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#2 RossCreekNation
February 09 2010, 06:27PM
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Pretty happy about the switch of Finnish players.

Hagman > Jokinen

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#3 Zoom15
February 09 2010, 08:03PM
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AlMacinnis wrote:

The sound of drums. Which the Master calls the "drums of war".

Ales Kotalik™ is in the building.

If I have to start paying Kotalik to say his name now that it is trademarked, it is going to cost me a fortune to rip him in 2 weeks when everyone hates him.

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#4 Domebeers.com
February 09 2010, 10:19PM
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@Zoom15

Domebeers mucho gusto Kotalik backcheck!

Did ya'll see Iggy ninja fischer in the scrum? Your almost glad there wasnt a line brawl, because then youd have to listen to Loubardias call a fight. Cant he go somewhere else? Go to PHX Loubardias.

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#5 Snoop Blogg
February 10 2010, 10:28AM
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Didn't see Iginla ninja fisher but i did see him get muscled out of the corner by Alex Kovalev. That was tough to watch

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#6 Rod Blogojevich
February 10 2010, 01:48PM
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@Snoop Blogg:

When Iginla sees Kovalev bearing down on the puck in the corner, destiny panics.

That was just Alex Kovalev forcing fate right there.

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#7 AlMacinnis
February 10 2010, 01:53PM
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kotalik was awe-inspiring. he was blocking shots. taking shots. making hits. skating back. skating forth. crunching numbers. stealing pucks. chopping wood. climbing mountains. building castles. firing guns. conquering planets. fighting aliens.

he F5 'd the universe.

it was historic.

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#8 rod blogojevich
February 10 2010, 02:48PM
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The Kult of Kotalik is gaining strength

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