FGD: Aquí vamos de nuevo

bookofloob
March 11 2013 03:15PM

 

Us too, Half, us too.

In what feels like, oh, 48 hours, your Calgary Flames are back at it tonight for the second leg of a back to back against those damned merciless Los Angeles Kings, who are looking to treat the boys in red as lower class serfs, existing only to do the bidding of the kingdom for a second game in a row. The Flames, amid swirling rumours that this game is potentially the straw that breaks the camel's back (the camel being GM Jay Feaster, and his back is a Jarome Iginla trade), look back to get back on track against an obviously very good LA squad to close out their California road trip with at least a little bit of pride intact.

We don't really need to talk about it (in fact, if you read the post game report for the last game, we literally provided no words for the effort), but suffice to say, the team is in the midst of a touch of turmoil these days. After an impressive couple of wins against tough opponents in Vancouver and San Jose, the Flames took to the road and put in a much better effort against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim than the 4-0 score so unflatteringly reflected. But after Saturday's debacle, where Calgary's performance was even worse than Matthew Perry's on Hockey Night In Canada's After Hours, the team has shown once again that they are far too inconsistent to be seriously considering a playoff run in this, a shortened NHL campaign. 

Most seasons are long. Teams have time to smooth over the lumps that are the glaring faults in their game, and in an 82 game season, this iteration of the Flames could possibly be competitive enough to figure that out. But over the course of 48 is a different story, and the tolerance of stinkers like the 6-2 drubbing by LA two nights ago grows less and less. That's why many believe that THIS is the game that determines whether it's time for Calgary to pack it in and ship off everyone short of Harvey the Hound to other markets, or if the march towards 8th is earnestly born anew. #GOINGFORIT!

la alineación

The roster sheet has yet to be confirmed by anyone tonight, but there's a few things we do know. Curtis Glencross is still out, as he's nursing the effects of whatever injury he's suffering from that kept him out of the last tilt with the Kings. And Miikka Kiprusoff, who looked pretty damn abysmal against the Kings after dominating the Sharks, gets a rest tonight, maybe for a few games.

  • Hudler-Cammalleri-Iginla
  • Tanguay-Stajan-Stempniak
  • Comeau-Backlund-Cervenka
  • McGratton-Begin-Jackman

  • Brodie-Bouwmeester
  • Giordano-Wideman
  • Sarich-Butler

  • MacDonald

I, uh, well, whatever works, right??!

That's what Sportsnet's Roger Millions is calling his "best guess" for tonight based off of what he's seen in the morning skate, and if that's what we're seeing tonight, well, it's different, and that's the nicest thing we can say about that.

Of note, if these are indeed the lines, young and fabulous TJ Brodie has been given a promotion up to the first defensive pairing with Jay Bouwmeester, and that would be of particular interest for something to watch for. Brodie has been fairly impressive this season, and even though his game in the past 5 or 6 has regressed and earned him 3rd pairing responsibilities with whatever dead weight defenseman checked in beside him, he has truly been a pleasant surprise for the Flames this season. This is a big challenge for him, and it'll be quite the compelling storyline to see how he stacks up against the King's top line which is, I don't need to tell you, just a little bit potent. Having Bouwmeester line up next to him can only help Brodie, and we'll have to see how much slack Jay takes for his young partner, but either way, fun to watch.

That 4th line though. It hurts the heart.

UPDATE: Pat Steinberg has Brodie back down on the third pairing with Sarich. Let's split the difference and say he lines up with Giordano on the second set.

Los Reyes

I got nothing. Mike Richards appeared like he might be out of action after his blueline collision with Tim Jackman last game, speculation that was further amplified when the Kings called up 20 year old prospect Tyler Toffoli from Manchester. But all reports indicate that Richards was at practice Monday and good to go for today, so in the meantime, we'll go ahead and assume that the Kings haven't made any changes to their lineup that pretty thoroughly dismantled Calgary last weekend.

  • Williams-Kopitar-Brown
  • Penner-Carter-Richards
  • Lewis-Stoll-King
  • Clifford-Fraser-Nolan

  • Scuderi-Voynov
  • Doughty-Muzzin
  • Martinez-Ellerby

  • Quick

No word on whether or not Jonathan Quick gets the start in goal tonight, but one assumes he will, as he seems to be finding his form after his, let's say Kipper-esque start to the year.

The Kings do not need to make much in the way of changes. They're starting to look much like the team that ran over everyone in last spring's playoffs en route to their Stanley Cup victory, and they're doing so without having key cogs Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene on defense. So that's scary.

en suma

The Kings are good, and Calgary is going to have to throw everything they have at them to get this one done. I would not expect to see a lot of the 4th line, which is a logical notion to have, so this means that they'll probably play 11 minutes. Be ready for that. GRIT CHART SAYS IT'S HAPPENING

 

 

Loves us some grit chart, which will now become the site's on-going running joke indefinitely.

Jeff Carter is playing some of the best hockey of his career right now, so I think maybe a key to the game might be trying to neutralize him. You can't stop him, you can only hope to contain him.

I don't know. Buckle up, it's going to be a ride. I know a lot of fans want to see the Flames get killed in this one and have everyone traded to fancy new cities, but a) that sucks, b) don't count on it. Personally, I'd like to see the flames show up with some pride and perform to a level we know they're capable of, but only show 30-40% of the time.

Game's at 8. SN West. Be there. Bueno. Vamos Llamas!

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#201 schevvy
March 11 2013, 10:35PM
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Ok then cougar life commercial...

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#202 Ryan Pike
March 11 2013, 10:38PM
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Wednesday will likely continue the streak of Kent and I only interacting in-person at hockey arenas.

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#203 schevvy
March 11 2013, 10:38PM
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Well on the plus side, LA hasn't scored in a while

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#204 Vintage Flame
March 11 2013, 10:38PM
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Pretty good night from Backs tonight. Doing well (63%) in the F/O circle

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#205 ChinookArch
March 11 2013, 10:40PM
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This is like watching the Flames in circa 1999. Too small and not good enough.

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#206 ChinookArch
March 11 2013, 10:41PM
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Thank god!

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#207 Vintage Flame
March 11 2013, 10:41PM
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Nice goal Backs

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#208 Ryan Pike
March 11 2013, 10:41PM
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That was a beauty.

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#209 Chris Fairfield
March 11 2013, 10:41PM
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Calgary gains the zone, a little bit of pressure and it happens in the following chronological order, the shot gets back to the point, gets through, 4 kings players collapse around quick and quick covers up, lather, rinse, repeat.

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#210 schevvy
March 11 2013, 10:41PM
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Holy man what a goal

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#211 Kent Wilson
March 11 2013, 10:42PM
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Mikael. Backlund.

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#212 thymebalm
March 11 2013, 10:42PM
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OH MY KAEL BACKLUND!

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#213 McRib
March 11 2013, 10:42PM
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What is with that whinny voice that says Go Kings Go at the Staples center.... Its driving me insane!!!

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#214 T&A4Flames
March 11 2013, 10:43PM
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Holy crap Backs that was sick.

To quote Rb Kerr, "heeeeeees bAAAAaaaaaaack!"

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#215 schevvy
March 11 2013, 10:43PM
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McRib wrote:

What is with that whinny voice that says Go Kings Go at the Staples center.... Its driving me insane!!!

South Park person

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#216 Chris Fairfield
March 11 2013, 10:44PM
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backs scores on a nice pass from tangs, 2-1 queens, with 5 to go. Now if only they could have scored on that flippin' 5 on 3.

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#217 Captain Ron
March 11 2013, 10:44PM
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Beauty goal by Backlund!!

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#218 Colin.S
March 11 2013, 10:44PM
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Vintage Flame wrote:

Pretty good night from Backs tonight. Doing well (63%) in the F/O circle

We call this foreshadowing.....

We have some good young pieces, Backlund, Brodie and Baertschi, just wish we could get a few more good younger pieces and maybe this team could at least be competitive.

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#219 Chris Fairfield
March 11 2013, 10:45PM
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T&A4Flames wrote:

Holy crap Backs that was sick.

To quote Rb Kerr, "heeeeeees bAAAAaaaaaaack!"

I'll take it 1 step further, "heeeeeeeeees Baaaaaaacklund!"

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#220 Colin.S
March 11 2013, 10:46PM
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Bad pinch by Giordano, however a nice recovery by Wideman, well not a bad play by him anyways.,,

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#221 John Deere Green
March 11 2013, 10:46PM
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Flames tie it in last minute, win it in overtime. Tomorrow, Feaster trades his 1st rounder for an aging forward as it is confirmed, the Flames are going for it.

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#222 Vintage Flame
March 11 2013, 10:46PM
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McRib wrote:

What is with that whinny voice that says Go Kings Go at the Staples center.... Its driving me insane!!!

It's Cartman from Southpark

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#223 schevvy
March 11 2013, 10:47PM
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John Deere Green wrote:

Flames tie it in last minute, win it in overtime. Tomorrow, Feaster trades his 1st rounder for an aging forward as it is confirmed, the Flames are going for it.

Watch your tone!

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#224 McRib
March 11 2013, 10:47PM
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Apparently Kennan wasn't a major fan of Backlunds, Haha. He went off on him during the last intermission.

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#225 Vintage Flame
March 11 2013, 10:49PM
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@McRib

This is what the show on the Kings scoreboard when you hear it on TV.

King's Cartman

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#226 Colin.S
March 11 2013, 10:50PM
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John Deere Green wrote:

Flames tie it in last minute, win it in overtime. Tomorrow, Feaster trades his 1st rounder for an aging forward as it is confirmed, the Flames are going for it.

They are going to include Brodie in that trade to, moved him up to the first line to showcase him.

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#227 Fleury4pm
March 11 2013, 10:51PM
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Beauty by backs

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#228 McRib
March 11 2013, 10:51PM
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@Vintage Flame

Ahhh, dislike it a little less, but have to say that I was leaning towards it being a loop of Paulina Gretzky's short lived singing career.

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#229 schevvy
March 11 2013, 10:52PM
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Well, at least Backs scored, right guys?

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#230 John Deere Green
March 11 2013, 10:52PM
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Blake Comeau on the ice looking for the equilizer in the last minute?

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#231 Vintage Flame
March 11 2013, 10:52PM
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#232 Kent Wilson
March 11 2013, 10:53PM
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That's too bad. Flames with a strong third period, but it wasn't enough.

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#233 Bean-counting cowboy
March 11 2013, 10:53PM
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OK. Bye iggy, bouw, other?

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#234 McRib
March 11 2013, 10:54PM
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And the Kings do something the Flames are incapable of doing... They score an empty net goal!! Now time to go home and get hammered by Detroit on Wednesday.

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#235 Ryan Pike
March 11 2013, 10:54PM
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Well that was certainly...a game.

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#236 the forgotten man
March 11 2013, 10:54PM
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Give Roseanne Barr the microphone...

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#237 Kent Wilson
March 11 2013, 10:54PM
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Chances were 6-0 Flames in the third. Overall it was 12-10 Flames.

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#238 clYDE
March 11 2013, 10:54PM
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Solid loss. What is next? This was such a message. 13-3 outscored in 3 games.

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#239 Captain Ron
March 11 2013, 10:55PM
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What an idiot play by Bouwmeester there.

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#240 the forgotten man
March 11 2013, 10:57PM
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Instead of cowbell, Hartley's answer is "MORE COMEAU"!!

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#241 Colin.S
March 11 2013, 11:03PM
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the forgotten man wrote:

Instead of cowbell, Hartley's answer is "MORE COMEAU"!!

Trying to trade/shop him..... I don't know, he didn't have a bad game up till then, had a bunch of shots/hits. To bad you are more likely to see Aliens rather than him score a goal.

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#242 Scary Gary
March 11 2013, 11:04PM
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Macbackup looked ok.

How many times can Doughty cross check someone without getting a penalty?

Gio hooks hands penalty, Kopitar slashed hands, no penalty.

I realize we lost but not a bad effort from the last place team; I really wish Feaster had predicted a playoff berth again...

Gawd it's nice to have Backlund back!

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#243 mattyc
March 11 2013, 11:09PM
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@Kent Wilson

holy low event game... i guess when you have a 2 - 0 lead early like the kings did, you can just sit on it?

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#244 Colin.S
March 11 2013, 11:18PM
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mattyc wrote:

holy low event game... i guess when you have a 2 - 0 lead early like the kings did, you can just sit on it?

The Kings are a good enough team that even though the Flames got a couple chances they could shut down the game at 2-0.

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#245 _DBG_
March 11 2013, 11:30PM
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I think one of the real problems this team has is that it's considered a successful season for the organization if the Flames get to 7-8 spot in the conference and lose in what would probably be 5 games to Chicago or Anaheim. Just being mediocre is good enough so why wouldn't they only put a mediocre effort in to most games.

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#246 the forgotten man
March 11 2013, 11:42PM
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Flames Haiku:

Jay Feaster, Esquire... Step away from the buffet... Sellers not buyers.

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#247 Chris Fairfield
March 12 2013, 12:10AM
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s_yav14 wrote:

you can't be a top level team when you have Begin Jackman Mcgratton and Comeau in the same Line-up. Especially with Jones and Baertschi in the minors.

Head in hands followed by an apathetic sigh. Same ol' crap, different pile.

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#248 Chris Fairfield
March 12 2013, 12:16AM
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the forgotten man wrote:

Flames Haiku:

Jay Feaster, Esquire... Step away from the buffet... Sellers not buyers.

Golf Clap

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#249 Chris Fairfield
March 12 2013, 12:18AM
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John Deere Green wrote:

Blake Comeau on the ice looking for the equilizer in the last minute?

?????????????????????????????????????????????????

I've stopped trying to understand this organization's logic anymore.

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#250 Kurt
March 12 2013, 10:09AM
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booooooooooooooooooooooooo

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