GDFD No. 78: A game of some amount of import

Ryan Lambert
April 02 2010 02:50PM



Welcome to the Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s 78th game of the season on April 2, 2010.

There's nothing I can say about this game that everyone else on the planet hasn't already said.

For all the "The Flames Are Dead Here's Proof" pronouncements of which we have all been guilty in these last few weeks, we failed to count on the Avs' ability to be a completely crap team when it mattered most. In doing so, they set up The Biggest Game of the Year By Far.

Win and you're probably in. Lose and you're done like dinner.

So I guess let's go Flames? Yeah, sure.

 

Who

The Calgary Flames (39-29-9 for 87 points. Ninth in the West, third in the Northwest) and the Colorado Avalanche (41-28-7 for 89 points. Eighth in the West, second in the Northwest).

When

7:30 p.m. Mountain time and 9:30 p.m. Eastern time. All other time zones should code a Wizard of Oz game for Nintendo.

Where

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

Calgary is 19-13-6 on the road this year, and the only game it's won in Colorado was the last one. The Avalanche are 23-12-2 at home, but haven't won in regulation at home against a Western Conference opponent since March 6, and even then they only beat St. Louis.

What (to hate about the Avalanche)

Peter Mueller — He was struggling with the Coyotes, scoring only four goals and 17 points in 54 games. Not so much with the Avs, for whom he has netted seven goals and 10 assists in 13 games.

Chris Stewart — Five games against Calgary this year: two goals, three assists, five points. Yikes.

Paul Stastny — Another guy who has succeeded while his team has struggled. Stastny has six goals and 19 points in his last 15 games, which coincided with the end of the Olympic break. He had just 12 goals and 55 points before the Olympics began. (Of course he's also a minus-7 in the last four games but that's Anderson's fault probably.)

Why

Because Staios knows this is it! Enjoy the game and make a big deal out of it in the comments section.

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#1 flambe
April 02 2010, 03:35PM
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Quick heads up: Wojtek Wolski now plays for Phoenix.

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#3 b1ackhat
April 02 2010, 05:58PM
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Ryan Lambert wrote:

durrr i am stupid

durrr

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#4 Justin Azevedo
April 02 2010, 06:20PM
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durrr?

Go Flames!

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#5 Kent Wilson
April 02 2010, 08:24PM
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Mediocre first period. The Flames first line continues to be a liability at ES.

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#6 Flambe
April 02 2010, 09:15PM
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Iginla looks ineffectual - the plays are dying on his stick.

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#7 Jean Lefebvre
April 02 2010, 09:59PM
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So a little more than a week since the debacle on the Island and a little less than a week since the apparent death rattle in Boston, the Flames are tied for eighth place. The deck is still stacked against them (See: Opponent, next game) but still another fine example of how crazy sports can be sometimes.

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#8 Wittmeier
April 02 2010, 10:10PM
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Schedule's definitely stacked... but 3 of the matchups are the same (vs. the division leaders).

It's truly a best team wins scenario, imo.

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#9 Wittmeier
April 02 2010, 10:17PM
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Plus looking at the conference leaders in their last 10 games, respectively (before tonight):

SJ - 5-5-0 Chi - 4-4-2 Van - 5-4-1

Not looking invincible by any stretch.

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#10 hark65
April 02 2010, 11:26PM
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Everyone thinks the schedule is stacked against the Flames. As Wittmeier points out, has anyone noticed that the top 4 teams in the conference are playing like crap?

My point is........you never know what can happen if the Flames happen to squeeze into the playoffs.

I don't care who Detroit faces in the first round.....they are taking one of the top 4 teams out!

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#11 Jean Lefebvre
April 02 2010, 11:42PM
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The Blackhawks' recent mediocre play may be a slight mitigating factor, but Chicago has been a lousy matchup for the Flames for some time now (two wins, 11 losses over past two seasons).

Plus, the Avs have a game in hand, a meeting with the Oilers left and the edge in wins for the tie-breaker. So yes, the deck is stacked against Calgary, but then again the Flames have already slammed the odds just by getting to this point.

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