FGD: Ramo - First Blood Part II

bookofloob
November 30 2013 12:04PM

 

 

And we're right back at it, Citizens. 

After an, uh, underwhelming performance against the Ducks of Anaheim who still thrive off playing your Calgary Flames since that day in 2004 when then Duck and fledgling wizard Ilya Bryzgalov placed a curse on the Flames decreeing that they would never win in Anaheim again, the team travels about 10 feet southeast to the Staples Center to face off against the Los Angeles Kings.

Ah yes, California. The place where dreams are born, made and crushed. Sunshine, wineries, Hollywood stars, eating disorders, hybrid cars, breast implants and quality hockey teams permeate the lush landscape of the Pacific West Coast, and it's the back end of a quick road trip for the Flames (and their fathers!), one which we're unsure of if they want to end.

As Flames fans who are not on the trip and getting to experience the state, we do. We want it to end.

The Roster Of Players Who Are Playing In the Game

Mike Cammalleri

pic via Go Les Canadiens

As always, via our homeslices at The Daily Faceoff: (WHICH I AM NOW EDITING BECAUSE BOB HARTLEY HAS GONE TOO FAR)

  • Cammalleri - Franchise - Stempniak
  • SVEN Byron - Colborne - Hudler
  • Bouma - Backlund - D. Jones
  • #goblairjones - Reinhart - McFacepuncher
  • Russell - Brodie
  • Smith - Breen O'Brien (what?)
  • Smid - Butler
  • Ramo

Hey guys, it's Karri Ramo! This is Ramo's first start since, somehow, November 8th. Ramo of course made an appearance in mop up duty yesterday afternoon after the team did something I assumed they had forgotten how to do, which is pull Reto Berra. The decision to throw Ramo to the wolves yesterday was his first action in two weeks, and he did stop 4 shots pretty much right off the hop, so hopefully it was a nice warmup for his start tonight.

I know there's a lot of injuries right now, but my goodness, that lineup. Hartley does tend to change his lines over the course of the game, as he did yesterday, so there's a chance these lines don't stay the way they are, but I suspect they might, because Hartley is also an idiot. He had submitted a lineup last night that had Backlund on the second line with Sven and Hudler, and that was a logical, sane thing to do. It lasted one shift and then the forward version of Chris Breen, Mr. Colborne was back centering that line, so I officially give up trying to figure out what the hell it is that goes through Hartley's thick skull.

Smith and Breen O'Brien as your second line pairing. I don't even. Good luck Karri.

Just as a reminder, the Los Angeles Kings are a very good hockey team. The good news is Cammi has been pretty good of late, Sven hasn't been benched in a while (that was a line I had actually written before today's game when Sven got scratched. Unreal), and the fourth line looks closer to being a line of actual hockey players more and more each day, so this might not be as bad as it looks, and let's hope so, because this does not look good.

(Author's note: just kill me)

And They'll Never Be Royals

Robyn Regehr

photo via kimpossible

Daily Faceoff'd:

  • Brown - Kopitar - Williams
  • King - Richards - Carter
  • Clifford - Vey - Toffoli
  • Carcillo - Stoll - Nolan
  • Muzzin - Doughty
  • Regehr - Voynov
  • Martinez - Mitchell
  • Scrivens

While they don't quite have the depth of the squad that conquered Lord Stanley two seasons ago, that's still a frightening looking hockey squad, one not to be trifled with. Those first two lines, damn homey, that's some firepower. It kinda tails off after that, and what's a Darryl Sutter ran hockey team if there isn't at least one useless goon patrolling the 4th line, but overall, that is a well rounded team. When Jarrett Stoll is your fourth line center...actually we're used to seeing a quality centerman carrying lesser talent on the fourth line, so this is perhaps not a strong analogy.

The defense looks good too. Reggie ain't the man he used to be by any stretch, but DREW DOUGHTY MAN! And Ben Scrivens has been excellent since incumbent starter Jonathan Quick succumbed to injury, so it could be tough sledding at the Staples Center tonight.

It can't be understated how awful Dan Carcillo is though. It's a good thing he and McGrattan will fight early and their nights will be over.

Playoff Implications

Ha!

And In the End

 

The Flames did sneak a win out against the Kings last meeting, thanks to some timely scoring from TJ Brodie, my favourite human (sorry Batman), so it's not like it's an impossible task for the Flames tonight (Karri Ramo was magnificent in that game, just sayin'), but this is a tall order. The Kings are 6-0-4 in their last 10, which, if my math is correct, means zero regulation losses in their last 10. They're playing some good hockey, if you want to be glib about it.

Every team suffers injuries over he course of a season, but when you don't have the depth of most other teams, it's worse. You CAN use it as an excuse. The Flames' most serviceable players are all watching the game tonight, and it hurts their chances more than most teams.

Again, the Flames still have a chance in this one, but it's going to have to be with a WAY better effort than we saw against the Ducks, because that was a garbage fire from opening puck drop to final buzzer. Some stronger effort and better coaching would go a long way tonight. And Karri Ramo. Let's see what he can do, finally.

Puck drop is at 8 bells. You can watch it on the now hilariously lame duck Hockey Night In Canada late broadcast, but you already knew that. See ya then!

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#51 Sn
November 30 2013, 09:57PM
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@Clyde

marketing ... Because It is certainly not for his development, especially when you consider due to injury over the past row seasons he has not played a lot of hockey. Going back in time he Flames would always put their prospects in the minors for at least 1.5 years...same should be done in this case ....

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#52 Clyde
November 30 2013, 10:22PM
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This is a gritty effort by an injury depleted bunch. This grit is what separates us from that team up north. Win or lose, the effort is great

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#53 Clyde
November 30 2013, 10:27PM
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ChinookArch wrote:

The peanlty on Smid was over the top. The hit was clean and a not even close to a boarding call.

I had a hard time seeing a minor on that one so couldn't believe it was a major

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#54 Jeff In Lethbridge
November 30 2013, 10:30PM
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coach running with three lines tonight.. 2 minutes for gratts and reinhart

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#55 travis
November 30 2013, 10:39PM
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BACKLUND YES!!! WHAT A PASS

THIS GUY NEEDS MORE ICE TIME, HE HAS SO MUCH OFFENSIVE POTENTIAL

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#56 Baceda
November 30 2013, 10:39PM
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Yaaaaa! Beauty goal. Glad Backlund was in on that one.

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#57 Lober
November 30 2013, 10:43PM
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Alright I caved and watched the last 10 min. Flames played great, what a goal by cammy from backlund and stemper. Very happy to see Ramo have a good game.

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#58 Baalzamon
November 30 2013, 10:43PM
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Hooray!! Backlund, Brodie with points, Ramo with a good game! Nice things happened.

But no Sven. Sigh.

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#59 Jeff In Lethbridge
November 30 2013, 10:43PM
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did thar really just happen... wow

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#60 TRAV
November 30 2013, 10:44PM
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Solid team effort! Amazing how we can compete with LA and Chicago with this beat up bunch.

Glad to see Backlund take advantage of all of the ice time he received tonite. He is very smart/ safe with the puck.

Hope that this is the start of the 10 game run that Ramo should get. He looked much more calm in the net.

As someone else said we outSuttered them today. How many high off the glass breakouts could were there?

Good for a rebuilding team to be rewarded after a strong effort.

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#61 Captain Ron
November 30 2013, 10:44PM
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Excellent game by the Flames all things considered. About time McGratten's ice time was reduced to where it should be. I thought Backlund was very good in this game especially in the 3rd period. Beauty pass to Cammy for the winner!

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#62 Baalzamon
November 30 2013, 10:47PM
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PS: For anyone keeping score, Ramo is the only Flames goalie this year with more than one game where he had an above-average sv%. He's had three (all wins).

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#63 Parallex
November 30 2013, 10:47PM
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Man, what an effort by Cammy on that last goal. Hope that this leads to a nice stretch of starts for Ramo... could use a break from the Reto Berra experience.

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#64 beloch
November 30 2013, 10:47PM
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-The Flames went into this game with their two top Defenders and their top scorer injured (even if he is a rookie).
-It was a back-to-back game, with Ramo getting his first start in almost a month.
-They played a L.A. team that is so hot they would have set a franchise record long point-streak had they won tonight.
-They lost Smid (who has been pulling double duty on the bottom pairing and shoring up the top 4) to game misconduct halfway through the game.
-They faced 7 straight minutes of penalties in the late second/early third.

If you had told me all this before the game and asked me to predict the outcome I would have expected a humiliating blowout. What a surprise! Great freakin' game from every Flame player on the ice. I'm sure glad I tuned in!

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#65 Walter White
November 30 2013, 10:58PM
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Brodie and Russell were spectacular tonight, the future looks bright. Reinhart was useless as expected.... Not sure about this Cammie kid; should we resign or trade at the deadline for a first? Colborne impresses more and more, good pick up.

WW

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#66 Parallex
November 30 2013, 11:02PM
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Oh man... just checked the TOI and Smith got just 6:52. Geez, how much does the coach not like you when even after missing Smid for half the game you get 6:52 total. Tiny minutes for a Blueliner.

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#67 Walter White
November 30 2013, 11:02PM
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Oh yah, I forgot; Glen Healy is a double douch (used twice).

That's all.

WW

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#68 beloch
November 30 2013, 11:45PM
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Brodie's TOI was 29:44. That's the highest for him so far this season, and he was still awesome every shift. Chris Butler also deserves kudos for playing 24:55 without royally screwing the pooch.

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#69 exsanguinator
November 30 2013, 11:56PM
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Funny what happens when you give Backs 19 minutes. Very solid game from him. Hopefully Hartley's hate on for him is coming to an end.

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#70 Veggie Dog
December 01 2013, 09:24AM
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ChinookArch wrote:

Yup, the biggest in hockey. I can't stand him.

Ditto for PJ Stock and Kevin Weekes.

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