Welcome to the Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s fifth game of the season on Oct. 9, 2009.
Oh look what it is: the first second-half-of-a-back-to-back of the year.
As I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, the Flames’ record in such games last season was remarkably terrible. I don’t even want to look it up for fear of making myself upset here tonight. That’s the last thing I wanna do on a Friday night.
But there are a few things working in the Flames’ favor tonight. For one thing, this is a home-road back-to-back that didn’t require a whole lot of travel. Going from Edmonton to Calgary isn’t quite as taxing as, say, a trip from Columbus before a home game. Hell, they didn’t even leave the province. So that’s a plus for sure.
The second is that Dallas is pretty much terrible. Two games, six goals for, eight against, no wins. Sounds just about right for them. They’re not very good.
It wouldn’t shock me to see the Flames keep rolling, but at the same time, it also wouldn’t be a shock to see them completely blow up on the launchpad.
The Calgary Flames (4-0-0 for eight points. First in the West, first in the Northwest) and the Dallas Stars (0-0-2 for two points. Twelfth in the West, fifth in the Pacifc).
7 p.m. Mountain time and 9 p.m. Eastern time. All other time zones should put together a plan to destroy the moon.
Pengrowth SaddleDome, Calgary, Alberta.
Calgary is 2-0-0 at home this year, and looks to keep its winning streak alive against genuinely bad Dallas team. The Stars are 0-0-1 away from home and need at least a point here to get its head above .500 again.
What (to hate about the Stars):
Loui Eriksson — Fun fact: any first name that ends with an "I" is a girl’s name. Case in point: Tiffani Amber Thiessen, who, incidentally could be a better hockey player than Loui Eriksson. Also, I foolishly selected Eriksson for my hockey pool this year. His output to this point: Nothing. Great.
Steve Ott — Another fun fact: Ott is the dirtiest player in the league that is not employed by the Philadelphia Flyers. He dives for knees, gouges eyes, headbutts, and doesn’t fight. At least Sean Avery will drop the gloves every once in awhile. And is funny. (Okay I like Sean Avery.)
Brad Richards — Look at his face. He might actually be a rodent. And I don’t just say that because he’s from the Maritimes, which he is. Also he was a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and for that he is dead to me.
Mike Ribiero — Whiny crybaby diver.
This has worked out so well in the past. Enjoy the game and talk about this sure-to-be-devestating soon-to-be-loss fellow in the comments section.