FGD: Still Stuff to Care About

Kent Wilson
April 05 2013 04:05PM

 

 

The Flames are in San Jose taking on the Sharks tonight, but the opponent is all but immaterial. Calgary's not making the playoffs, so their competitiveness and the quality of their foes is more or less irrelevant for the duration.

That said, there are still reasons to care about outcomes and watch the scoreboard. First, of course, is the race to the bottom. There are currently 3 horses battling for 30th overall: the Flames, the Avalanche and the Panthers. Calgary is tied with Florida at 30 points, but has two games in hand. The Avalanche are bottom of the league with 28 points and have played one more game than Calgary. The only other clubs within hailing distance of the top-3 lottery are Buffalo and Tampa Bay, each with 34 points so far.

Of the dive for five combatants, only Calgary and Buffalo sold hard at the deadline. The Sabres shed Jason Pominville and Robyn Regehr while the Flames, of course, nixed Iginla, Bouwmeester, Comeau and, for all intents and purposes, Kiprusoff. Of the teams hoping to choose first overal, Calgary might be the worst (certainly the most gutted) which improves their chances of picking in the top-3 for the first time franchise history this coming June.

In addition, Flames fans should also be cheering for the St. Louis Blues, who currently hold down the 8th seed in the West. Calgary's 2013 first rounder from the Bouwmeester deal is conditional on the Blues making the dance and having three bullets in what is roundly considered one of the best drafts in recent memory is a really good way to start out the new era. St. Louis beat the Blackhawks last night while the Oilers fell to Vancouver, increasing the Blues' playoff odds favorably to about 83%.

Losing to the Sharks this evening helps the Flames cause #1 (which is frankly more important) but only marginally hinders cause #2 (San Jose is already 4 points clear of the Blues). For from a strictly pragmatic point of view, then, losing is optimal this evening.

The Line-up

Suffering a road record 12th (I think?) straight defeat shouldn't be too much of a challenge. The team is mediocre on paper to begin with and the skaters have collectively played like some strangled their puppy before their eyes the last few days. In addition, the dreadful goaltending that has submarined the Flames season continues unabated.

  • Glencross - Stajan - Stempniak
  • Horak - Cammalleri - Tanguay
  • Cervenka - Backlund - Hudler
  • Jackman - Begin - McGrattan

  • Brodie - Wideman
  • Sarich - Butler
  • Babchuk - Carson

  • Kiprusoff

On top of all that, Mark Giordano is out of the line-up celebrating the birth of his first child, meaning the number of capable NHLers on the Flames blueline gets whittled down to about two.

The Stajan line had an okay game despite the score vs Edmonton and the Flames surprising 4th unit with checkers and ruffians has been the only one to really outplay the opponent consistently the last week or so. You can tell the shifting gears of the organization and club hasn't really altered their lives or focus on the ice - they keep plugging away in the same fashion as always. Kudos to them all.

The Opponent

It's the Sharks. They have Thornton and Pavelski and Marleau and Boyle and Burns and...well you get the idea. They're a much better team than the Flames are currently. If they don't win tonight they should be ashamed.

Sum It up

The season is over. What's left on the ice is this evening perfunctory. Keep your eyes on the out of town scorebaord, though.

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#51 schevvy
April 05 2013, 09:16PM
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Who's #3? Carson?

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#52 clyde
April 05 2013, 09:17PM
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JBO with his 3rd point in a little under 5 periods with the Blues tonight. Glad we got such a great haul for him and that Jay held out and drove that price up.

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#53 Captain Ron
April 05 2013, 09:17PM
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Tim Jackman taking the draw in the defensive zone speaks to how far the team has slipped.

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#54 DirkNoshitsky
April 05 2013, 09:17PM
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Flames Holding On Early.

Kipper.

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#55 Captain Ron
April 05 2013, 09:17PM
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schevvy wrote:

Who's #3? Carson?

Yup

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#57 schevvy
April 05 2013, 09:18PM
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@clyde

Haha. Still can't believe Jay took THAT deal. Terrible

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#58 RKD
April 05 2013, 09:19PM
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I don't know about anyone else but once Iginla was traded I am left with a huge void. I started as a Red Wings fan especially the teams in the 90s with Yzerman, Fedorov and Shanahan. After Fedorov was traded, Shanahan left and Yzerman eventually retired. I still like watching Zetterberg and Datsyuk but am not as big of a fan as I used to be. I've always been a Flames fan side by side with Detroit. I've watched Iggy back since his debut in the playoffs against the Hawks. Without Iginla I feel a huge void and for some reason am somewhat less interested in following the Flames. Hopefully over time things get better down the road.

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#59 Vintage Flame
April 05 2013, 09:21PM
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One positive.. Thank God Ryane Clowe isn't on this team anymore.

Ie hate thate guye.

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#60 schevvy
April 05 2013, 09:22PM
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Icing the puck. Great strategy

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#61 schevvy
April 05 2013, 09:22PM
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Vintage Flame wrote:

One positive.. Thank God Ryane Clowe isn't on this team anymore.

Ie hate thate guye.

Nice spelling. TEH

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#62 Vintage Flame
April 05 2013, 09:22PM
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Does Brodie crack the 30 min. mark tonight in ice-time?

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#63 Vintage Flame
April 05 2013, 09:24PM
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schevvy wrote:

Nice spelling. TEH

Oh schevvy... Give it a minute and you'll get the joke.

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#64 schevvy
April 05 2013, 09:27PM
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@Vintage Flame

I don't get it...

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#65 Vintage Flame
April 05 2013, 09:27PM
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TJ just took that penalty so he could have a rest.

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#66 Captain Ron
April 05 2013, 09:27PM
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This is like watching a team Canada vs Belarus game.

But according to Simmer again the key is for them to keep moving their feet. What a slack ass gig he has for a living. At least he could try to be good at it.

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#67 Vintage Flame
April 05 2013, 09:28PM
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schevvy wrote:

I don't get it...

*Faceplam*

It was a joke as to how RyanE ClowE is spelled.

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#68 schevvy
April 05 2013, 09:28PM
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Stajan for future captain?

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#69 schevvy
April 05 2013, 09:29PM
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@Vintage Flame

Hahaha. Not funny. TEH

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#70 schevvy
April 05 2013, 09:31PM
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Kipper having his best game in a while

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#71 Vintage Flame
April 05 2013, 09:33PM
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Sarich made a play and didn't take a penalty, game is still tied...

... There's your Red Warrior

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#72 Vintage Flame
April 05 2013, 09:35PM
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Colorado tied it up in Det!!! YAYYYYY

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#74 schevvy
April 05 2013, 09:37PM
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@Vintage Flame

Positives! Red Warrior = Colorado Avalanche

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#76 Kevin
April 05 2013, 09:42PM
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Still love watching kipper when he's playing well.

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#77 schevvy
April 05 2013, 09:42PM
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Backs!

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#78 Robert Johnson
April 05 2013, 09:42PM
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schevvy wrote:

Also, this game is on NBC Sports Network in the States. Now everyone can watch the disaster!

Do they have to listen to this COMPLETE IDIOT Rob Kerr as well? Jezzus - from horrible radio man to an even worse TV guy.

I watched for one minute before I turned down the volume and tuned into to the radio coverage.

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#79 Vintage Flame
April 05 2013, 09:43PM
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I love you Backlund

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#80 Vintage Flame
April 05 2013, 09:44PM
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Simmer just suggested Backlund should get an assist on his own goal cause he won the face-off?

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#81 Monaertchi
April 05 2013, 09:44PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

I mentioned on twitter the only/best way to keep things interesting for the remainder of the season is to play the Simmer drinking game during every broadcast.

-"again" - "feet moving" - "keep it simple" - "pucks and bodies to the net"

Literally 10 seconds after i read that I hear "keep feet moving".

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#84 Captain Ron
April 05 2013, 09:46PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

I mentioned on twitter the only/best way to keep things interesting for the remainder of the season is to play the Simmer drinking game during every broadcast.

-"again" - "feet moving" - "keep it simple" - "pucks and bodies to the net"

Going to start playing that game tonight!

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#85 schevvy
April 05 2013, 09:47PM
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@Robert Johnson

Nope! SJ crew. Better than Flames crew.

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#87 Captain Ron
April 05 2013, 09:50PM
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Simmer just suggested Backlund should get an assist on his own goal cause he won the face-off?

Great! A new Simmerism to drink to!

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#89 schevvy
April 05 2013, 09:55PM
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I hope Flames win tonight. It'd be kinda funny, and it's not like they'll lose EVERY game.

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#91 Kevin
April 05 2013, 09:57PM
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Wow Mcginn just got drilled! OT

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#92 clyde
April 05 2013, 10:00PM
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Blue commentators commenting that they never knew how good JBO was and that he could very well garner consideration for best def this year. No mention of the 2 amazing prospects Feaster got from them though.

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#95 clyde
April 05 2013, 10:05PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

No mention of the 2 amazing prospects Feaster got from them though.

hahahaha.

Are you/we laughing or crying Kent?

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#96 Captain Ron
April 05 2013, 10:07PM
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clyde wrote:

Blue commentators commenting that they never knew how good JBO was and that he could very well garner consideration for best def this year. No mention of the 2 amazing prospects Feaster got from them though.

He'll look like an all star on that team.

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#97 Eddie Shore
April 05 2013, 10:09PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Been watching Cervenka a bit closer recently. I can see why Hartley hasn't liked him this year. Outside of a few areas in the offensive zone, he's fairly useless. Looks like a major anchor on Backlund's line tonight.

Feasters comments after signing Cervenka

Our scouts in Europe identified him as someone who could slot into our top six forward group and play in the NHL as a top two line centre. John Weisbrod went to see him play early in the KHL Playoffs and came away confirming everything we had heard from our scouts in Europe.

Swing and a miss?

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#99 schevvy
April 05 2013, 10:11PM
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What a bad call

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#100 clyde
April 05 2013, 10:12PM
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Eddie Shore wrote:

Feasters comments after signing Cervenka

Our scouts in Europe identified him as someone who could slot into our top six forward group and play in the NHL as a top two line centre. John Weisbrod went to see him play early in the KHL Playoffs and came away confirming everything we had heard from our scouts in Europe.

Swing and a miss?

Hopefully those same scouts had no input in the Jankowski pick.

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