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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#101 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 08:48PM
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@Vintage Flame

Chances are 6-2 as well.

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#102 Vintage Flame
February 24 2013, 08:50PM
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@Kent Wilson

i'm surprised they only have 6. Macbackup is getting peppered

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#103 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 08:50PM
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Flames are just getting killed in this period.

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#104 FireOnIce
February 24 2013, 08:51PM
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@Kent Wilson

When Lombo came back from his concussion in TO, he had an end-to-end SHG in his first game and looked great. He looks great at times, then disappears/gets injured the majority of the time. I'm not sad we traded him.

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#105 Vintage Flame
February 24 2013, 08:51PM
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Damn it Tanguay. Stop being cute and just shoot the puck

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#106 Ryan Pike
February 24 2013, 08:53PM
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Flames look like they're out of gas.

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#107 ChinookArch
February 24 2013, 08:55PM
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The Coyotes are just putting pucks to the net and are pouncing rebounds. MacDonald is serving them up every time. No pucks are sucked in or steered away from the play.

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#108 Vintage Flame
February 24 2013, 08:56PM
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out come the boo birds

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#109 ChinookArch
February 24 2013, 09:00PM
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@Vintage Flame

Nope. He's gripping tonight.

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#110 Vintage Flame
February 24 2013, 09:01PM
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Atta boy Iggy

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#111 Gunk
February 24 2013, 09:01PM
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for pete's sake.... look at us go. do I smell a SO loss? I think I do!

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#112 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 09:01PM
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phew, Iggy almost flubbed that.

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#113 ChinookArch
February 24 2013, 09:02PM
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Beautiful!!! Redemption.

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#114 Gunk
February 24 2013, 09:02PM
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ooooooooooo!!! Kerr looses it! lol. awesome. as if you could have drawn up this ending.

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#115 Vintage Flame
February 24 2013, 09:02PM
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i take that back about Glennie

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#116 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 09:03PM
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Haha, what a surprise turn of events.

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#117 ChinookArch
February 24 2013, 09:04PM
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Gunk wrote:

ooooooooooo!!! Kerr looses it! lol. awesome. as if you could have drawn up this ending.

Haha so did I. Almost woke the kid.

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#118 schevvy
February 24 2013, 09:05PM
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Wow what just happened?

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#119 FireOnIce
February 24 2013, 09:06PM
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Well well. I turn off the audio and stop watching with 5 minutes left, thinking it's over, and the Flames pull 2 goals out of their asses with 1.5 minutes left.

Do they not realize that if they keep doing this, they'll end up out of the playoffs AND with a crappy pick, AGAIN?!

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#120 ChinookArch
February 24 2013, 09:06PM
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The goal notwithstanding, I thought GlenX was struggling tonight.

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#121 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 09:06PM
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Chances ended up 6-6 in the third as well. Started out slow, but the latter half of the game was actually quite entertaining. Huzzah!

Total chances were 17-14 Flames.

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#122 Alt
February 24 2013, 09:06PM
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What happened to Cervenka? I obviously missed it

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#123 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 09:07PM
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@Alt

Nothing. Hartley just doesn't play him.

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#124 Jibmeister
February 24 2013, 09:08PM
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Great ending! Nice to see Iggy get going.

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#125 Aussie Flame
February 24 2013, 09:10PM
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I guess Iginla realised when Stajan has more goals then you something is wrong.

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#126 FlameinATL
February 24 2013, 09:28PM
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Wow. Awesome Flames, simply awesome. Have I mentioned this team's resiliency?

Get behind this team Calgary.

Go Flames!

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#127 RKD
February 24 2013, 09:34PM
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Finally, the vintage two goal Iggy performance we have all been waiting for. Normally his breakout game in 82 game season is usually happens during the third week of November. Hope this gets him going more consistently. Winning improves your odds to make the playoffs.

Now at 7-7-3, the Flames would need to go 19-11-1 just to hit 56 points and squeak into 8th. Gotta play just over .610 hockey if they stay at .500.

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#128 schevvy
February 24 2013, 09:36PM
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They got lucky tonight, Smith definitely had a weak game. But they persevered. They made plays at the end of the game to get the W. I don't see this game as a turning point though, they escaped with the win. Move on and get ready for the Wild on Tuesday

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#129 Ryan Pike
February 24 2013, 09:37PM
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Fun fact: Jarome Iginla couldn't recall what the score was, only that the Flames won.

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#130 Clay
February 24 2013, 09:47PM
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Terrible fan that I am, I want to see big performances out of tradeable assets in losing causes...

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#131 Jonathan Happy
February 24 2013, 09:59PM
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Flames get a big comeback win, and VAN gets destroyed. Life is good

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#132 backburner
February 24 2013, 10:10PM
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RKD wrote:

Finally, the vintage two goal Iggy performance we have all been waiting for. Normally his breakout game in 82 game season is usually happens during the third week of November. Hope this gets him going more consistently. Winning improves your odds to make the playoffs.

Now at 7-7-3, the Flames would need to go 19-11-1 just to hit 56 points and squeak into 8th. Gotta play just over .610 hockey if they stay at .500.

I was thinking the same thing.. Now Iggy will get red hot for the next couple weeks right before the trade deadline, with the Flames in a playoff spot, and Feaster will not make any moves.

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#133 MC Hockey
February 24 2013, 11:06PM
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Nice win. Hey Kent, seriously why is the clock on here (Nation Network) always 20 minutes ahead of real life? P.S. If that is really true, tell me the results before games end for betting purposes.

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