Game No. 42: Southleast (interesting game)

Ryan Lambert
January 11 2011 04:35PM



Nothing says excitement like Flames/'Canes.

If you can think of a duller game than this one that's taken place in the last month, you are surely better at remembering dull things than me.

This is just one of those mid-season games where if anything, anything at all that's even remotely interesting takes place, you would be absolutely and totally shocked. A friend of mine works for the Hurricanes on their gameday staff and even he believes that this game will be rather boring, with almost nothing to talk about before, during or after.

Let's be honest: it's an out of conference game between two teams who have little reason to feel anything resembling enmity, except for the fact that maybe Ian White or Anton Babchuk are kind of upset about the trade? But even then, it's not like those dudes are going to be looking for someone to scrap with. Tom Kostopoulos already dodged this one by clobbering Brad Stuart into March or so.

If the closest thing to a storyline this game has is the first game between White/Babchuk and his old team, then that's not very much at all. Well, I mean I guess Olli Jokinen will get the chance to square off against brother Jussi. And what a barnburner that will be. Or maybe father against son! Brent and Brandon! Except the 2011 version of Brandon hasn't exactly been the force he was at times last year with just 13 points in 40 games, down from 40 in 72 last year. Or maybe future All-Star teammates/opponents Jarome Iginla, Eric Staal and Cam Ward will exchange pleasantries. Except that it's more like they will not take that as a euphemism for being mean to each other, but rather actually exchange some friendly words prior to or perhaps after the game.

Games like this, it gets tough to manufacture storylines.

The good news for Calgary fans is that the last two meetings between these teams, on March 6, 2009, and Feb. 3, 2010, were both won by the Flames, by a combined score of 10-2, and getting off on the right foot here would be a hell of a way to start off a four game road set against some pretty weak teams (and the Canadiens).

Problem is, these Hurricanes aren't the ones from a year or two ago. They're actually playing semi-decently in a shockingly tough division. Ward, who gets the go tonight, has been standing on his head, and Staal can do some major damage against the league's minnows (among which we must count Calgary), if given compelling reason to do so.

Unfortunately, I can't imagine he'll get one from this tilt.

 

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#51 negrilcowboy
January 11 2011, 07:28PM
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Robert Cleave wrote:

Yup. Doink the Clown.

Was thinkin more of the sound the puck and the post makes but ya does kinda look clownish don't he.

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#52 Robert Cleave
January 11 2011, 07:36PM
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Corsi.

CGY +10 for the game, EV shots 30-25.

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#53 negrilcowboy
January 11 2011, 07:36PM
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Man they gotta get another play by play guy. If i hear sore itch one more time i will be launching the tv out the window. God that guy is brutal, who hired him?

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#54 Kent Wilson
January 11 2011, 07:36PM
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Another Karlsson shoot-out on tap?

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#55 TheGirlOutWest
January 11 2011, 07:41PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Another Karlsson shoot-out on tap?

Now why would you go and say that....JINX

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#56 Kent Wilson
January 11 2011, 07:42PM
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Corsi.

CGY +10 for the game, EV shots 30-25.

Chances were 8-2 for the Flames.

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#57 everton fc
January 11 2011, 07:52PM
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So... if we win tonight... and have a little run of wins on the road... And somehow get to 7th or 8th by the trade deadline....

Can you imagine?....

(Pre-shootout optimism. Probably just jinxed the team...)

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#58 TheGirlOutWest
January 11 2011, 07:52PM
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Hagman?? One for 8 in S/O WOW, how underwhelming

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#59 negrilcowboy
January 11 2011, 07:55PM
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TheGirlOutWest wrote:

Hagman?? One for 8 in S/O WOW, how underwhelming

This season is beginning to be underwhelming.

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#60 TheGirlOutWest
January 11 2011, 08:23PM
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negrilcowboy wrote:

This season is beginning to be underwhelming.

Ummm have you been away?

*Beginning* to be ?

I just would like to seem them try a few alternate shooters for Shootouts. Glencross? Backlund? Jokinen....wasn't he pretty good last season? Just not Jarome, never been good in the S/O

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#61 mikeecho
January 11 2011, 10:10PM
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@negrilcowboy

Don't get me started on the "Thats sum kinda's"

That's sum kinda shot... That's sum kinda save.

I didn't watch tonight's game, but he's also good for 5-10 mentions of "time and space" in most games.

I'd take Millions bitching and moaning non stop about the reffing any day over the current guy.

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