Welcome to the Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s 22nd game of the season on Nov. 23, 2009.
Really, Calgary’s road streak has been a bit ridiculous.
Obviously 7-1-2 is an outstanding record away from home, but really, it’s how they’ve done it. You saw Saturday’s game. That was just a gradual wearing-down of a pretty decent opponent by Jarome Iginla and Co. and that wearing-down eventually made it look really ugly. But there wasn’t any point in the game at which you would have said, "This is going to be a three-goal win no problem." That’s probably a good thing.
In 10 road games this year, Calgary has scored 30 goals, which isn’t great or anything but hey, three goals should win you most of your games, shouldn’t it? That’s really all any team should be looking for on a nightly basis.
But what really struck me that it has only allowed 23 goals in those 10 games. And that’s having allowed 12 of those in the first three road games of the season (three each in the early Edmonton games and the six-spot to Chicago). So just 11 goals allowed in his last seven road games. A save percentage of .920 or above and two goals or less in all of them. And three went to overtime.
So if you’re looking for someone to thank for this little run on the road here, which is really the only reason the Flames are in the standings where they are, why not write a nice note to Miikka Kiprusoff and the defense? Because golly, they sure have been great.
Not that I needed to tell you that.
The Calgary Flames (13-6-2 for 28 points. Tied for fourth in the West, second in the Northwest) and the Anaheim Ducks (7-11-3 for 17 points. Fifteenth in the West, fifth in the Pacific).
8 p.m. Mountain time and 10 p.m. Eastern time. All other time zones should figure out how bad a zombie outbreak would be for them.
Honda Center, Anaheim, California.
Calgary is 7-1-2 on the road this year, AND LITERALLY UNSTOPPABLE. The Ducks are 5-7-0 at home, which is very bad.
What (to hate about the Ducks)
Ryan Getzlaf — You don’t have to like him (and I don’t!), but you sure have to respect him. He has very quietly been the best player in the Western Conference for the better part of three and a half seasons. He can do everything you want: score 25 goals every year, pick up 50-something assists, play defense, kill penalties, and really really agitate. His play borders on cheap and crosses the line every once in a while, but damn he’s good at everything. Scoring 198 points in your last 179 games, in the Western Conference? That’s pretttttty good.
Corey Perry — While he’s not as good as Getzlaf, he does just about everything Getzlaf, his linemate and runnin’ buddy, does except slightly less-good. Which is to say still very good, and still very irritating.
Teemu Selanne — What is this guy, like 50? How is he still scoring more goals than everyone on the Flames besides Jarome Iginla?
Because it’s a road game and the Flames win those most of the time. Enjoy the game and pack a lunch for your road trip in the comments section.