February 06 2013 10:08AM
As no doubt everyone knows by now, Miikka Kiprusoff did not play the third period of the Red Wing game last night due to "lower body" injury. The extent of his malady is currently unknown, although apparently he isn't going to dress for practice this morning so the problem is a bit more than a bruise.
This obviously presents a problem for Calgary. Kipper has been the franchise's workhorse since he took the reins from Roman Turek in 2003. The last time he was injured was that very season and since the lock-out, no other goaltender has played more games. In addition, the Flames currently have no other readily available puck stopper with an NHL deal aside from Leland Irving - Joni Ortio is on loan in Finland and his team's primary puck stopper - he's not likely to make a trip across the pond to dress as a back-up to Irving. Prospects Laurent Brossoit and Jon Gillies are having good seasons, but aren't inked to entry-level deals yet. Barry Brust and danny Taylor are the best goaltending duo in the AHL, but both are on minor-league contracts only. Karri Ramo, the current heir apparent for Kiprusoff, is Flames property but doesn't have a contract with the club. He's also the starter for one of the KHL's top teams.
February 05 2013 11:34PM
After the Calgary Flames went out with what Kent Wilson described as a medieval attack, only to come up empty handed, on the Chicago Blackhawks, many of us wondered just how they would respond tonight against the Redwings.
One brightspot the Flames have had is the play of Jiri Hudler. After only three NHL games without a Wings' jersey on his back, he would once again return to the Joe. With the chance to finally get out of town for awhile, the Flames would follow Hudler; taking to road, hoping to find a few answers along the way.
Despite the undeserved loss to Chicago, this three game road trip presented yet another opportunity. Detroit was coming into this game with Broken Wings, Aside from Hudler changing sides on the field of battle, Detroit was going to be without several regulars, while the Flames would come (ahem) *into this game, relatively healthy.
February 05 2013 01:58PM
After spending five of their first six games at home, the Calgary Flames head out of town for their first real road trip of the season beginning tonight. First up? A date with the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena (5:30pm MT, televised on Sportsnet West and radioed by Sportsnet 960 The Fan).
Before you get too worked up, this ain't your mother's Red Wings team. First of all, there's no Jiri Hudler, Nicklas Lidstrom or Tomas Holmstrom in Motown. Hudler, as you may know, is playing for the Flames now. Lidstrom and Holmstrom retired. Brad Stuart left for the Sharks. And there are a few folks injured besides. Altogether, the Red Wings are missing seven regulars from their line-up.
February 05 2013 10:28AM
We're only about half way through Hartley's first 10-game segment as the Flames coach so we're limited in how much we can read into his bench management so far. That said, a few things seem to be emerging in the early going as mentioned yesterday, so let's dive in and see how each guy has been deployed and how he has fared in that role.
February 05 2013 09:20AM
The good news is the Canucks have had a 2-0 lead in five of their first eight games, and a one goal lead in two others. The bad news is they've given away 8 points to conference opponents in those games.
That being said, the Canucks are off to the best start in years. And so is Luongo. As I said last time, try and remember that the calendar is meaningless. Forget that it's January and just pretend that it's October.
The Canucks' start feels way better now, doesn't it?
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting there is nothing to worry about in Canucksville. In fact, there are always plenty of concerns. The last time I completely gave on my pessimism, they were up 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final. And we know how that turned out...