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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#51 negrilcowboy
March 11 2013, 08:07PM
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T&A4Flames wrote:

hey, Hey,HEY!!! Olli played for the Rangers not the Islanders. Geez.

forgot bout the ranger fiasco and didnt ollie toil for the isle way back in his early years

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#52 schevvy
March 11 2013, 08:20PM
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Why is MacBackup starting? Should've kept up Danny!

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#53 ChinookArch
March 11 2013, 08:23PM
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1 minute to the Self-destruct sequence.

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#54 Vintage Flame
March 11 2013, 08:25PM
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@schevvy

Because MacBackup is better than Danny

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#55 schevvy
March 11 2013, 08:26PM
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1 of 2 things happen in this game:

The Flames play extremely well and pull out a 1 or 2 goal win.

OR

The Flames get blown out, similar to Saturday, and changes (hopefully) would begin.

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#56 Kevin R
March 11 2013, 08:26PM
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Captain Ron wrote:

After the Flames get overrun tonight Robert will back on in fine form I hope. Ready for another round of "you know Patti". Gotta love that guy.

I missed his call on Saturday was he struggling to breathe because he was so angry? Or choking on an ice cube maybe?

Boy I am a bad fan. I find myself giddy with anticipation the Kings just smoke our tails right back to Calgary. Then I cant wait to hear Robert tonight & to just confirm he was OK. But yeah he was so mad at the Flames Saturday night it wasnt his usual rant & he must of choked on a matini olive or something.

So really, do you think this is the year Iggy moves on? The signs seem to be pointing that way. You have to wonder what the conversation would be if Kipper & Iggy went for beers. Iggy:"So man what do you figure about this gong show?" Kipper:" I'm so pissed we settled." Sucking a huge puff of his cigarette."I think after this year I'm otta here."

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#57 backburner
March 11 2013, 08:26PM
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When is Feaster gonna do something with Babchuck!?

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#58 schevvy
March 11 2013, 08:27PM
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@Vintage Flame

Really? I think Danny is just as good as MacBackup, and has far more potential to improve.

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#59 negrilcowboy
March 11 2013, 08:27PM
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schevvy wrote:

Why is MacBackup starting? Should've kept up Danny!

stategy the kings will tire themselves out celebrating goals in the first stanza then whamo cue the miracle comeback flames storm back with 7 unanswered goals to win

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#60 Ryan Pike
March 11 2013, 08:28PM
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So, hockey, eh?

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#61 Kent Wilson
March 11 2013, 08:29PM
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I wonder him much money per minute of ice time Babchuk and Sarich make?

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#62 schevvy
March 11 2013, 08:29PM
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@Kevin R

Re: losing tonight

I hope you're not putting too much hope into a Kings blow out. Because this strikes me as a game that the Flames tease us all and pull a W out. We'll see.

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#63 ChinookArch
March 11 2013, 08:30PM
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@backburner

What did you have mine?

Edit: mind

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#64 Vintage Flame
March 11 2013, 08:32PM
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Realistically... They're all crap, so it's a coin flip at this point. Taylor didn't have to clear waivers, that's probably why he got demoted.

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#65 Ryan Pike
March 11 2013, 08:33PM
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Anyone pondering the "Are the Flames showcasing Comeau" question...the Flames have likely been actively shopping Babchuk for the better part of 18 months. He's not in the line-up, which makes me suspect that Hartley has exclusive control over the line-up card.

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#66 schevvy
March 11 2013, 08:34PM
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Well, it's too bad the Kings aren't wearing the beauty purples unis.

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#67 schevvy
March 11 2013, 08:35PM
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Why do you guys think Kipper's not playing? Not in game shape or is the injury still bugging him?

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#68 negrilcowboy
March 11 2013, 08:35PM
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schevvy wrote:

Why is MacBackup starting? Should've kept up Danny!

stategy the kings will tire themselves out celebrating goals in the first stanza then whamo cue the miracle comeback flames storm back with 7 unanswered goals to win

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#69 Kent Wilson
March 11 2013, 08:36PM
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Brodie is skating with Bouwmeester to start. Good luck kid.

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#70 schevvy
March 11 2013, 08:36PM
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Sarich. Sigh.

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#71 schevvy
March 11 2013, 08:37PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Brodie is skating with Bouwmeester to start. Good luck kid.

I like that. Give the kid a shot at it, see what he can do.

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#72 Kent Wilson
March 11 2013, 08:38PM
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Sarich walked around by...Clifford?

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#73 Kent Wilson
March 11 2013, 08:38PM
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@schevvy

Yeah might as well give him a go.

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#74 schevvy
March 11 2013, 08:38PM
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Is it just me or does Kipper look pissed on the bench.

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#75 Vintage Flame
March 11 2013, 08:39PM
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schevvy wrote:

Why do you guys think Kipper's not playing? Not in game shape or is the injury still bugging him?

Hartley said it was just because Kipper played 3 in a row and he wanted to get Joey some ice time. *Eye Roll*

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#76 schevvy
March 11 2013, 08:40PM
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Well they're not losing yet. Positive!

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#77 Vintage Flame
March 11 2013, 08:40PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Sarich walked around by...Clifford?

Sarich would get walked around by Clifford the Big Red Dog.

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#78 Ryan Pike
March 11 2013, 08:40PM
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Good jump for the Flames in the first five minutes.

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#79 schevvy
March 11 2013, 08:41PM
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@Vintage Flame

If MacBackup was Jonathan Bernier, I wouldn't mind that. But he's not, he's a pretty below average goalie. (Albeit that's what Kipper has been for the most part)

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#80 schevvy
March 11 2013, 08:42PM
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Where have you gone Giordano...the Flames could use you right now...

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#81 schevvy
March 11 2013, 08:43PM
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Carbon copy of Saturday. Here we go boys...

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#82 Ryan Pike
March 11 2013, 08:43PM
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I change the channel for five seconds...

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#83 Kent Wilson
March 11 2013, 08:43PM
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Bah. That's a stick lift not a hook.

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#84 schevvy
March 11 2013, 08:45PM
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The PK sucks. A lot.

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#85 Kent Wilson
March 11 2013, 08:47PM
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Positives: Flames are the only team with a scoring chance at ES so far!

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#86 Vintage Flame
March 11 2013, 08:48PM
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Oh boy....

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#87 ChinookArch
March 11 2013, 08:48PM
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It's gonna be a long night.

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#88 Ryan Pike
March 11 2013, 08:49PM
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So...yeah. How about Jon Gillies, eh?

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#89 Vintage Flame
March 11 2013, 08:49PM
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Positives: There is only 50:20 left in the game

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#90 Captain Ron
March 11 2013, 08:49PM
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Kevin R wrote:

Boy I am a bad fan. I find myself giddy with anticipation the Kings just smoke our tails right back to Calgary. Then I cant wait to hear Robert tonight & to just confirm he was OK. But yeah he was so mad at the Flames Saturday night it wasnt his usual rant & he must of choked on a matini olive or something.

So really, do you think this is the year Iggy moves on? The signs seem to be pointing that way. You have to wonder what the conversation would be if Kipper & Iggy went for beers. Iggy:"So man what do you figure about this gong show?" Kipper:" I'm so pissed we settled." Sucking a huge puff of his cigarette."I think after this year I'm otta here."

That's pretty funny stuff Kevin. Good timing for you to ask that question about Iggy. I was talking about that earlier today with someone. I think the signs are pointing in that direction and there is a very real possibility of that happening. More than ever before in fact.

2-0 LA as I finish writing this. Our play in the defensive zone is offensive to watch.

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#91 Kent Wilson
March 11 2013, 08:51PM
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Well that's 2 goals on 3 chances for the Kings. Hockey gods sneering at the Flames attempts to foot fate.

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#92 schevvy
March 11 2013, 08:51PM
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This game sucks, and to top it off I have an awful feeling someone's gonna get hurt. I don' know why, but it's be another gut punch.

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#93 Colin.S
March 11 2013, 08:52PM
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Vintage Flame wrote:

Realistically... They're all crap, so it's a coin flip at this point. Taylor didn't have to clear waivers, that's probably why he got demoted.

Would it really have been a bad thing if MacDonald got claimed on Waivers? In fact it would be good thing, bring us down to 48 contracts.

Also this game sucks already. Although that last wrap around by Brodie was pretty nice.

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#94 Chris Fairfield
March 11 2013, 08:52PM
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schevvy wrote:

1 of 2 things happen in this game:

The Flames play extremely well and pull out a 1 or 2 goal win.

OR

The Flames get blown out, similar to Saturday, and changes (hopefully) would begin.

It looks like the latter of the 2 choices. MacBackup has allowed 2 goals on 5 shots, let the onslaught begin!

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#95 Kent Wilson
March 11 2013, 08:54PM
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Brodie hasn't looked too bad so far, although it's only a few shifts.

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#96 Vintage Flame
March 11 2013, 08:54PM
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Colin.S wrote:

Would it really have been a bad thing if MacDonald got claimed on Waivers? In fact it would be good thing, bring us down to 48 contracts.

Also this game sucks already. Although that last wrap around by Brodie was pretty nice.

In my mind? No, that would have been a good thing. Who knows what Feaster or Hartley is thinking.

Something is lost in translation!

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#97 Chris Fairfield
March 11 2013, 08:55PM
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schevvy wrote:

Where have you gone Giordano...the Flames could use you right now...

I do not know who the imposter is but, Where the hell is the real Giordano?

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#98 negrilcowboy
March 11 2013, 08:56PM
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sarich is a shoe in for the norris

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#99 Chris Fairfield
March 11 2013, 08:56PM
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schevvy wrote:

This game sucks, and to top it off I have an awful feeling someone's gonna get hurt. I don' know why, but it's be another gut punch.

Gut punch, followed by a double nut punch!

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#100 ChinookArch
March 11 2013, 08:57PM
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negrilcowboy wrote:

sarich is a shoe in for the norris

The Chuck Norris?

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