FGD: Witty Puns About The Coyotes

bookofloob
February 24 2013 05:40PM

 

 

The nice thing about Sunday is that it's not Monday. The Flames had a case of the Mondays this past week against Phoenix, when they lost the world's most unwatchable hockey game in convincing fashion, a 4-0 snoozefest against a Coyotes team that against all odds both still exists and performs decently enough to find themselves batting for a playoff spot. For obvious reasons, we are not going to talk about it anymore.

Instead, let's talk about how Calgary finds themselves in similar territory as a good number of their opponents this year, in that they are playing in back to back nights after coming off a win against the Minnesota Wild last night. (The similar territory, of course, being the Scotiabank Saddledome, as usually the team playing back to back has to travel to Cowtown after bolting out of Edmonton as fast as they could, because how else do you leave Edmonton if you ever find yourself in the grim position of being there?

The Line

The big news, inexplicably, is that Steve Begin, Calgary Flames forward I guess, checks in for his 500th NHL game tonight, and while that's a tidy little milestone for the 34 year old from Trois Rivieres, you'll forgive Flames fans if they don't intend to mark the achievement with any degree of pomp and circumstance.

What is more likely to put some pep in the C of Red's spirit is the return of Roman Cervenka (THE CHERV!) after a one game absense. Cherv will replace Akim Aliu, who is out with a lower body injury, speculated to be a complete dearth of skating ability. As a result, Bob Hartley has assembled one sexy looking line that Flames fans have been salivating for all year by putting Roman on a line with Jiri Hudler and Sven Baertschi. Breathe that one in for a moment, folks.

Here's how she breaks down (probably, courtesty of Roger Millions):

  • Tanguay - Stajan - Iginla
  • Baertschi - Cervenka - Hudler
  • Glencross - Cammalleri - Stempniak
  • Comeau - Begin - Jackman

  • Bouwmeester - Giordano
  • Wideman - Brodie
  • Smith - Butler

  •  MacDonald

Matty Franchise gets another crack at centering Tanguay and Iginla after potting a couple of monumentally important win securing goals last night. Stajan is playing some of his best stretches of puck since first donning the Flaming C, and we'd be good just to ride the wave rather than question it or wait for the other skate to drop. The Flames are taking this approach at the moment, and I say let them.

Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadu gets the nod between the pipes on back to back nights, as a rather solid performance against the Wild yesterday was enough to warrant another go at it this evening, which is, well, whatever I suppose. Sarich takes a ride on the pine, as does Anton Babchuk once again, which we can all agree is a relief.

Seriously though, guys, Sven - Cherv - Hudler. That line could be the business.

The Dirty Dogs

The Coyotes, after relinquishing what looked like a certain win against the Oilers, which must be embarrassing, and will look to find their way back into win column tonight. Which I think is a terrible idea and hope they decide against it. You're not supposed to be successful, guys, do you realize who you are?

Projected Coyotes lineups, again per the legendary Roger Millions.

  • Boedker - Vermette - Doan
  • Moss - Gordon - Torres
  • Sullivan - Lombardi - Korpikoski
  • Bissonette - Chipchura - Johnson

(Rog accidentally named all the Flames D in the Phoenix slots, so let's try and figure this out by how they usually stack up)

  • Yandle - Klesla
  • Ekman-Larsson - Michalek
  • Summers - Rundblad

  •  Smith

What can you say about Mike Smith that hasn't already been said about Jonathan Quick last season? If the Flames are to have any success tonight, they're going to have to get to Smith early. It'll be a tough task as Smith has played some fine hockey of late, coupled with the Flames sudden inability to find the twine. (Obviously it's a bit of a cop out to say that a key to the matchup for the Flames is to score goals, but it is, so let's hope they do that)

Might want to watch out for stereo jerk in Shane Doan and Raffi Torres. Radim Vrbata might have the most points on the Coyotes, but those two are certainly the most offensive part of Phoenix' makeup.

So I Guess What I'm Saying Is

Calgary hasn't done a very good job of winning consecutive games this season (having only done it once this season), and it's been frustrating watch the team throw up some duds after some of their more impressive wins this season. The inconsistency continues to divide the fanbase, as the blow it up camp would prefer the team continue to drop games in order to secure, oh, let's say natural center Nathan MacKinnon, while those of us rational people who enjoy the spirit of competition would love to watch our charges string together some bonus W's.

Time's going to tell which bloc of fans gets their way.

In Other News

No, that's about it. Go Flames!

 

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The Book of Loob is the Nation's resident expert in flim-flammery and twaddle. An unabashed Flames fan, when BoL is not intellectually bankrupting Flames Nation, he can be seen rooting for Blair Jones, often to excess, at Book of Loob. Follow him on twitter here.
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#51 RKD
February 24 2013, 07:52PM
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I'm ticked! I'm probably the only one here in Utah that watches nhl hockey and yet the games blacked out!!!!

Have you tried first row sports?

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#52 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 07:54PM
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Coyotes have just two ES scoring chances in this game so far. Yeesh.

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#53 Vintage Flame
February 24 2013, 07:54PM
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This is getting ridiculous!

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#54 Q
February 24 2013, 07:55PM
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Where's Cammi tnite? I do understand Hartley giving Stajan so much ice time but I'm really frustrated with Cammi's ice management. I can't stand so much line juggling. Remember the good old days when our lines were set every game. Ex. Patterson, Gilmour, Mullen. Just not sold on Comeau and regardless, I'll never like Stajan but Bob loves these guys. Soooo strange to see Iggy as such a non-threat most nights now!

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#55 Q
February 24 2013, 07:56PM
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@RKD

Is there a fee?

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#56 Q
February 24 2013, 07:57PM
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Wow this is some boring hockey!

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#57 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 07:58PM
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And then they score on their third. Lombo dummied Gio and Bouwmeester there.

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#58 RKD
February 24 2013, 07:58PM
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Is there a fee?

Nope, free streaming of sports, ppvs and more. The only downside is that you have to put up with a lot of pop-up ads that only close after 30 seconds.

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#59 Q
February 24 2013, 07:59PM
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If I see bob send stajan out again I'm gonna dry heave! Does he hate or $ players?!

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#60 Q
February 24 2013, 08:00PM
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@RKD

Thanks!

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#61 schevvy
February 24 2013, 08:00PM
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Should've kept Lombo!

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#62 ChinookArch
February 24 2013, 08:03PM
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It's ugly goal night at the dome.

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#63 schevvy
February 24 2013, 08:04PM
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Jarome! How did that get in

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#64 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 08:05PM
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Heh. Both of Iginla's goals this year would even make Dave Andreychuk blush.

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#65 Q
February 24 2013, 08:05PM
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Atta boy iggy!

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#66 exsanguinator
February 24 2013, 08:05PM
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Hopefully this lights a fire under Iggy and he can finally get going this season.

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#67 ChinookArch
February 24 2013, 08:07PM
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How did Comeau score 24 goals in this league?

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#68 mk
February 24 2013, 08:07PM
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A goal is a goal is a goal. Ugly or not, it counts. :)

[I hate having ugly goals scored on the Flames. I can at least admire the skill behind a beauty haha.]

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#69 mk
February 24 2013, 08:08PM
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And there's Cammy for you guys!

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#70 Gunk
February 24 2013, 08:08PM
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sweet sweet love - late in the period.. huge goal!

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#71 ChinookArch
February 24 2013, 08:08PM
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Finally a nice cycle leads to a well deserved goal.

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#72 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 08:10PM
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Well this game suddenly got interesting.

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#73 Q
February 24 2013, 08:10PM
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Nice Cammi! It's all about the money-players in this game today!

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#74 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 08:11PM
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Chances were 6-6 in that period. PHX had two on the PP.

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#75 Ryan Pike
February 24 2013, 08:23PM
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The run to the penalty box sapped a lot of Flames momentum that period. When they were 5-on-5, they seemed to have things going well.

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#76 ChinookArch
February 24 2013, 08:27PM
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I wonder if the league would ever consider calling a delay a game penalty, if a team were to ice the puck more than three times in a period. I can't think of a regular play that kills a game flow more than icing the puck.

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#77 Jibmeister
February 24 2013, 08:30PM
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I hate Eric Francis.

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#78 Gunk
February 24 2013, 08:32PM
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I love seeing Jbo get in deep on the rush even if its only briefly. He creates chances.

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#79 exsanguinator
February 24 2013, 08:33PM
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I hate Torres.

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#80 mk
February 24 2013, 08:33PM
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Serious? Torres again? I guess its his Klingon roots coming out...

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#81 FireOnIce
February 24 2013, 08:33PM
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Love how the Coyotes' goon is the one scoring their goals.

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#82 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 08:33PM
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Sigh.

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#83 schevvy
February 24 2013, 08:34PM
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What is with Torres scoring nice goals

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#84 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 08:34PM
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@FireOnIce

Paul Bissonette is their goon. Torres is their cheap-shotting punk.

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#85 ChinookArch
February 24 2013, 08:35PM
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MacDonald does't loom comfortable in net tonight.

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#86 FireOnIce
February 24 2013, 08:36PM
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@ChinookArch

Uh, that's MacBackup... edited on me.

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#87 Vintage Flame
February 24 2013, 08:36PM
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@ChinookArch

It's MacDonald tonight

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#88 Vintage Flame
February 24 2013, 08:37PM
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Oooh crafty edit

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#89 ChinookArch
February 24 2013, 08:37PM
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Nice giant rebound!

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#90 ChinookArch
February 24 2013, 08:39PM
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😁 thought I got away with that one.

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#91 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 08:39PM
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Lombo sure looks good in this game.

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#93 schevvy
February 24 2013, 08:40PM
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@Kent Wilson

Who did Lombo get traded for again? Was it for Olli?

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#94 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 08:41PM
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@schevvy

Yup. He's been mostly injured since he left aside from a career season in PHX, which is why Im surprised by his performance tonight.

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#95 ChinookArch
February 24 2013, 08:41PM
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@Kent Wilson

I predict a clear Lombo breakaway by 3 strides, one deke to his backhand . . . . and just wide of the net.

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#96 schevvy
February 24 2013, 08:44PM
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Oh. My. God

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#97 RKD
February 24 2013, 08:44PM
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Jokinen has been struggling mightily in the 'Peg. 5 points in 18 games and a -11.

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#98 ChinookArch
February 24 2013, 08:44PM
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Please put Taylor in. MacDonald is a rebound machine.

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#99 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 08:46PM
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He's just not very good. Thank god the Flames didn't re-sign him.

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#100 Vintage Flame
February 24 2013, 08:47PM
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Shots are 12-2 Yotes.... sigh

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