March 11 2010 05:30PM
Welcome to the Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s 67th game of the season on March 11, 2010.
It may be too much to hope for, but wouldn't it be nice if the Flames could win their fourth in a row? Don't see any reason why they wouldn't.
Since winning 11 in a row — wait what — Ottawa is just 4-4-1 against the Maple Leafs, Flames B.S. (Before Staios), Capitals, Red Wings, Islanders, Rangers, Hurricanes, Maple Leafs (again) and Oilers. Not exactly the toughest competition, but they did beat the Caps.
For one thing, Calgary's offense looks near-competent again, and what a pleasant change of pace that is. A whopping 14 goals in the last three games against teams that are currently second, 10th and 19th in goals allowed per game? Sign me up for that. Plus they're not even playing poorly defensively to make up for the strong offense (not that they're playing especially well but you see my point). Only allowing 28 shots a game against New Jersey, Minnesota and Detroit is solid enough that you're giving yourself an excellent chance to win.
It's almost like this team wants to sneak into the playoffs after all. Couldn't have said that a week ago.
The Calgary Flames (33-24-9 for 75 points. Eighth! in the West, third in the Northwest) and the Ottawa Senators (37-25-5 for 79 points. Fifth in the East, second in the Northeast).
7:30 p.m. Mountain time and 9:30 p.m. Eastern time. All other time zones should be hostile about their celibacy.
Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta.
Calgary is 16-15-3 at home this year, and are 7-1-2 against Eastern Conference teams this year. The Sens are 14-16-1 on the road, but handed the Flames their only regulation loss to a team from the East on Feb. 9, 3-2.
What (to hate about the Senators)
They also don't have Steve Staios — If you had told me that trading for Steve Staios would have GUARANTEED an undefeated record, I would have demanded that Darryl Sutter trade for him years ago. See, this is the reason he might get fired at the end of the year: lack of foresight. The math is real simple: The Stavior + Calgary = Wins. Boom.
Alex Kovalev — I just find him to be bothersome, though that's just personally. I would bet that he's very unlikeable if you are, say, a teammate of his.
Mike Fisher — Remember all that talk about how he should be on Team Canada for the Olympics. You guys are lucky you didn't saddle yourselves with him. He's not very good at all.
Because Staios says so! Enjoy the game and ride Steve Staios to victory in the comments section.