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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#1 25cent
February 24 2013, 05:56PM
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Some of us other rational people want Ryan O'reilly, either by offer sheet or trade I DON'T CARE.

Go Flames, Go SVEN, Go Cherv, Go Hulerites, Go Scoreface!

Thanks BoL

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#2 Alt
February 24 2013, 05:59PM
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Right you are.Have a feeling that this may be a line that sticks.Sven Jiri Roman should be as entertaining as any top line in the league

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#3 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 06:03PM
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Hilariously, Akim Aliu is out with an injury. With Cervenka back, that gives the Flames 3 real lines and it means Comeau goes back down to the 4th line as well.

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#4 Ryan Pike
February 24 2013, 06:09PM
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Awaiting roster sheets, but am hearing no Morris, Vrbata or Hanzal for Phoenix tonight.

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#5 Ryan Pike
February 24 2013, 06:11PM
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Also, I heartily encourage you all to come to the Hitmen vs. Saskatoon on Wednesday night. The Blades are on a massive winning streak and the Hitmen are gearing up for the playoffs. Should be a great atmosphere. And it's a Wednesday game.

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#6 Ryan Pike
February 24 2013, 06:18PM
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Starters:

FLAMES: Comeau - Hudler - Baertschi, Smith - Butler, MacDonald
COYOTES: Torres - Gordon - Moss, Michalek - Ekman-Larsson, Smith

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#7 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 06:22PM
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Apparently Hanzal and Vrbata are out tonight. Flames HAVE to win this one.

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#8 Ryan Pike
February 24 2013, 06:34PM
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Cervenka's on the fourth line with Begin and Jackman right now.

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#9 Ryan Pike
February 24 2013, 06:35PM
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Simple play executed well. Offense from the fourth line, who'da thunk it?

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#10 Vintage Flame
February 24 2013, 06:39PM
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Much better start for the boys tonight than last time they faced the dogs.

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#11 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 06:40PM
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Why is Comeau still in the Flames top-9? Why?

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#12 Ryan Pike
February 24 2013, 06:41PM
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Giordano takes a stick to the face. There MAY be blood. I think it's a double-minor.

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#13 ChinookArch
February 24 2013, 06:43PM
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Nice 1 nothing. Who scored?

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#14 redricardo
February 24 2013, 06:43PM
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@Kent Wilson

Probably something about "truculence"

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#15 Ryan Pike
February 24 2013, 06:45PM
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Flames have a nice jump to their step thus far.

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#16 Vintage Flame
February 24 2013, 06:46PM
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ChinookArch wrote:

Nice 1 nothing. Who scored?

Jackman

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#17 Ryan Pike
February 24 2013, 06:48PM
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Stempniak to the box for tripping.

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#18 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 06:49PM
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Cammalleri killed more than one play on that PP.

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#19 Vintage Flame
February 24 2013, 06:49PM
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How does that get called on Stemps and 2 min earlier, they don't call Stajan's stick getting slashed out of his hand?

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#20 ChinookArch
February 24 2013, 06:50PM
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Just tuned in to watch the 4 min PP - looked good. How have they been ES?

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#21 Ryan Pike
February 24 2013, 06:55PM
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The pace is very similar to last night, except the Flames have more jump in their step and are connecting on their passes.

But it's very low-event. Ekman-Larsson falling down in his own zone is the most noteworthy thing of the past 8 minutes.

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#22 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 07:00PM
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@Ryan Pike

Another couple of icings this period too.

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#23 FireOnIce
February 24 2013, 07:02PM
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Hartley is quickly becoming Brian Burke/Ron Wilson. Talking about needing truculence and threatening to 'go out and get it if we have to'. Not a good thing, especially if they end up dumping Iginla for what they perceive to be a 'good trade', when in reality they get a couple grinders and some magic beans.

Another snoozefest tonight, unfortunately.

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#24 FireOnIce
February 24 2013, 07:03PM
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They'll end up trading for Daymond Langkow, the rights to Nigel Dawes, and Colton Orr's jock strap.

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#25 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 07:03PM
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Just 3 even strength scoring chances by both teams so far.

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#26 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 07:05PM
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Stop icing the puck Calgary.

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#27 Ryan Pike
February 24 2013, 07:06PM
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It's another ping-pong game.

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#28 Vintage Flame
February 24 2013, 07:08PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Stop icing the puck Calgary.

Calgary seems quite content that if the play isn't there, they just dump it and regroup.

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#29 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 07:09PM
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Chances were 5-2 Flames. Two of them on that extended PP.

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#30 RKD
February 24 2013, 07:20PM
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No way are we getting ROR, the asking price is so steep even Glen Sather recently backed away. I doubt Feaster would sign him to an offer sheet. Behind the scenes LaCroix is still running the show. When the NYR signed Joe Sakic to an offer sheet, Colorado matched it immediately. Anaheim never matched Penner's offer sheet because they had studs like Getzlaf and Perry.

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#31 Ryan Pike
February 24 2013, 07:21PM
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Lots of icings meant that the Flames only really had a couple of zone-start opportunities. Lots of tired guys out there for draws, doing the face-off, then attempting to make a change.

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#32 RKD
February 24 2013, 07:24PM
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AV is a jerk, he let Luongo stay in for all 8 goals tonight against Detroit. Maybe Luongo should pull a Patrick Roy and tell Gillis to trade him now.

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#33 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 07:31PM
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Im betting Pittsburgh Penguins practices are more exciting than this.

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#34 Vintage Flame
February 24 2013, 07:32PM
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What??????? Really refs?

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#35 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 07:37PM
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Pretty good kill by Flames/limp PP By Coyotes there.

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#36 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 07:38PM
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What the?

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#37 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 07:40PM
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Weirdest goal of the year? Penalty call I've never seen before and then an own goal off the ensuing faceoff.

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#38 schevvy
February 24 2013, 07:40PM
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These refs are honestly crap

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#39 Q
February 24 2013, 07:44PM
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@Kent.....still nothing on live chat room during the games? Hope we can some time soon.

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#40 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 07:45PM
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Jarome is taking a lot of shots from bad areas on the ice the last few games.

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#41 Kent Wilson
February 24 2013, 07:46PM
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@Q

Nothing quite yet. Everything costs some amount of money at this point.

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#42 Q
February 24 2013, 07:47PM
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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!!!!

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#43 Q
February 24 2013, 07:48PM
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@Kent Wilson

No problem Kent. Just thought I'd check. Thx

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#44 RKD
February 24 2013, 07:52PM
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Q wrote:

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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#45 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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#46 Vintage Flame
February 24 2013, 07:54PM
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This is getting ridiculous!

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#47 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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#48 Q
February 24 2013, 07:56PM
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@RKD

Is there a fee?

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

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#50 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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