Welcome to the Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s 70th game of the season on March 17, 2010.
I don’t know what the hell goes on with this team, but this is what I imagine happened at Flames practice this morning:
"Okay, guys, gather ’round," says Brent Sutter. "Vesa’s going to start for us tonight and…"
"Uhh, Coach?" interjects Jarome Iginla.
"Well yeah, I mean, you just said Vesa’s starting for us tonight."
"Right," comes the reply.
"Uhh, Coach?" says Miikka Kiprusoff. "You mean me, right? I’m starting?"
"Are you Vesa?"
"Then I guess not."
"But," says Robyn Regehr, "this game is, like, pretty important, right?"
"Yeah," says Sutter. "Real important."
"So we’re starting Vesa."
"Yeah, the Avs. Look what don’t you guys get about this?"
"It’s just that…," starts Craig Conroy.
"It’s just that Toskala blows, Coach," interrupts Ian White. "I played with him in Toronto and he’s, well, he’s really bad. He gave up a goal from like 200 feet away or something earlier this year."
"Guys," says Toskala with a sigh, "you can see me, right? I’m standing right here."
"Oh hey Vesa," says Iginla. "You heard you’re starting against Colorado tonight?"
"Yeah," Toskala says, "Coach was.. Wait, what?"
The Calgary Flames (34-26-9 for 77 points. Ninth in the West, third in the Northwest) and the Colorado Avalanche (40-23-6 for 86 points. Fifth in the West, second in the Northwest).
7:30 p.m. Mountain time and 9:30 p.m. Eastern time. All other time zones should keep their cool.
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado.
Calgary is 17-10-6 on the road this year, and have gotten one point from four games against Colorado this season. The Avalanche are 22-10-2 at home, and have won four of their last five.
What (to hate about the Avalanche)
Brandon Yip — Look at this kid scoring a ton all of a sudden. He’s got 11-7-18 in 26 games, and he’s a rookie. That’s a pace for almost 35 goals. That’s crazy, especially because he was an eighth-round pick.
Chris Stewart — Second-year player. And he’s got 27 goals.
Matt Duchene — A rookie. With 23 goals. Yikes.
Because only Staios can deliver us from a three-game losing streak! Enjoy the game and ride Steve Staios to victory in the comments section.