GDFD No. 66: Just might do it

Ryan Lambert
March 09 2010 04:34PM



Welcome to the Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s 66th game of the season on March 9, 2010.

Tonight, the Flames can win their third game in a row.

It might not seem like the loftiest of goals, but it's all we've got. Calgary hasn't had a three-game win streak since it beat the Oilers (which barely counts as a win at all by the way) on New Years' Eve, and eventually stretched that streak to five games with a win at Nashville on Jan. 5. The streak was snapped the next night in Minnesota.

But that was a different Flames team, literally. A full 10 members of tonight's squad weren't in the lineup that captured its fifth in a row that early January night and most of that squad that was is now either with another organization or back down in the minors (where you belong, Jason Jaffray).

And since then the Flames, who were 25-12-5 after the Nashville game, have gone just 7-12-4 and plummeted from a tie for fifth in the Western Conference to ninth. No one, I think, would confuse the two teams.

But this might just be the start of something. Not something extraordinary or anything like that, but something half-decent. That'd be an improvement.

 

Who

The Calgary Flames (32-24-9 for 73 points. Ninth in the West, third in the Northwest) and the Detroit Red Wings (31-22-12 for 73 points. Eighth in the West, third in the Central).

When

5 p.m. Mountain time and 7 p.m. Eastern time. All other time zones should have an awkward moment.

Where

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan.

Calgary is 16-9-6 on the road this year, and won their only other game at Detroit this season. The Wings are 17-9-5 at home, and 4-1-0 in their last five.

What (to hate about the Red Wings)

They don't have Steve Staios — Number of points earned per game without Staios: 1.1. Number of points earned per game with Staios: 2.0. The defense rests.

Todd Bertuzzi — With Calgary: 15 goals and 44 points in 66 games. With Detroit: 15 goals and 37 points in 65 games. Clearly the Flames have a far better offense than the Detroit Red Wings.

Valtteri Filppula — He has 7-18-25 in 38 games. Is that all $3 million buys any more? Hell, Olli Jokinen was doing better than that and he sucks.

Why

Because what else are you doing at 5 o'clock? Working? Enjoy the game and ride Steve Staios to victory in the comments section.

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#1 RossCreekNation
March 09 2010, 05:09PM
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Don't you mean Steve Stavior, lol.

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#2 Kent Wilson
March 09 2010, 05:42PM
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Well...through one and we're not losing. That's something right?

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#3 Kent Wilson
March 09 2010, 05:57PM
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Chances were 6-2 in favor or DET in the first.

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#4 Kent Wilson
March 09 2010, 06:03PM
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Not overly impressed with the 2nd thus far. Flames look like they're stuck in mud with nowhere to go in the offensive zone.

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#5 Kent Wilson
March 09 2010, 06:06PM
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Thank you for justifying my love, Langkow

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#6 Jean Lefebvre
March 09 2010, 06:30PM
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It's not all his fault, but it's strange to remark that Staios has been on the ice for every single even-strength goal against since joining the Flames.

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#7 Kent Wilson
March 09 2010, 06:31PM
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Hmm...the second started out well but is beginning to circle the drain.

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#8 Kent Wilson
March 09 2010, 06:32PM
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Jean Lefebvre wrote:

It's not all his fault, but it's strange to remark that Staios has been on the ice for every single even-strength goal against since joining the Flames.

haha, indeed.

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#9 Kent Wilson
March 09 2010, 06:35PM
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Chances were 8-5 in favor of the Wings in that one. Of course, that was aided by 2 PP's.

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#10 RossCreekNation
March 09 2010, 06:35PM
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What was Regher doing on that goal? "Hmm, Holmstrom is on the ice, I think I'll just leave him alone. He's no threat in front of the net." Fack me.

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#11 Jean Lefebvre
March 09 2010, 06:40PM
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The conspiracy theorists will see it as a league plot against the Flames but is there something about Calgary's style that makes it easy for the opposition to stay out of trouble? The Flames are headed for a fifth game in the past seven with two or fewer power-play chances.

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#12 Jean Lefebvre
March 09 2010, 07:02PM
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That looks like Iginla's goal, no? Don't think No. 17 ever touched it before Howard batted it in his own net. EDIT: Never mind, I see now that Iginla bounced it off Bourque's shin.

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#13 Kent Wilson
March 09 2010, 07:27PM
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That was a really, really solid third period.

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#14 Jean Lefebvre
March 09 2010, 07:27PM
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Ladies and gentlemen, your eighth-place Calgary Flames.

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#15 Kent Wilson
March 09 2010, 07:28PM
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Jean Lefebvre wrote:

The conspiracy theorists will see it as a league plot against the Flames but is there something about Calgary's style that makes it easy for the opposition to stay out of trouble? The Flames are headed for a fifth game in the past seven with two or fewer power-play chances.

I wondered about that all year. Flames were something like 7th overall in terms of drawing PP opportunities last season.

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#16 Jean Lefebvre
March 09 2010, 07:29PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

That was a really, really solid third period.

And bonus marks for doing it in Detroit, which although not the house of horrors it once was, still is not a comfortable rink for visitors.

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#17 SmellOfVictory
March 09 2010, 08:35PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

I wondered about that all year. Flames were something like 7th overall in terms of drawing PP opportunities last season.

Keenan and Cammaleri, perhaps? Bigger focus on offensive play plus an additional fast scoring winger.

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#18 Greg
March 10 2010, 08:02AM
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How much of the lack of drawing penalties is due to the absence of Lombardi? I never kept track, but he seemed to draw a lot.

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#19 SmellOfVictory
March 10 2010, 12:28PM
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And Lombo! Forgot about the little gaffer. Yeah, he was an explosive one.

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