The Weekly Ignition: December 23 2013

 

 

Christmas time is almost here! Hockey will take a brief break later this week, but here’s a quick rundown of where things stand here in the third week of December.

RESULTS ROUND-UP

A week after facing Jarome Iginla for the first time at home, the Calgary Flames trekked to Boston to face Iginla for the first time on the road on Tuesday night. The result was the first time the Flames have been shut-out this year, by a 2-0 score. Reto Berra got the loss. [Post-Game]

On Thursday, the Flames headed to the Motor City to play the Detroit Red Wings (in a game probably featured next week on HBO’s 24/7 program). The Flames proved to be a slump-buster for the Wings, who won 3-2 in overtime for their first win since December 6. Mikael Backlund and Mark Giordano scored, while Karri Ramo took the loss. [Post-Game]

On Saturday, the Flames played an afternoon game in Pittsburgh against the Penguins. After getting down 2-0 early, the Flames showed some spunk and battled back. They lost 4-3, however, and also lost Curtis Glencross and Kris Russell to injury. Karri Ramo was in net. [Post-Game]

PRESS ROUND-UP

NHL.com profiled Abbotsford Heat forward Max Reinhart.

The Flames players are half-jokingly referring to Paul Byron as “Mighty Mouse.” Because he’s small. And he’s good at hockey.

The Flames signed 2013 picks Morgan Klimchuk and Keegan Kanzig this week. Kanzig talked to the Herald about how excited he is for the opportunity.

Brian Burke’s shortlist for potential general managers will be three-to-six names long.

And lastly, the Flames had Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold as their guests in Boston. So don’t fret about them knowing the organization likes them.

A LOOK BACK

The Flames got one of a possible six points, but played two pretty good games and one flat game in Boston.

In the AHL, the Heat lost two of three this week – they dropped a pair to the Utica Comets (boo!) and beat the Hamilton Bulldogs via shootout on Sunday. Joni Ortio started all three games, while Sven Baertschi returned to the AHL with….zero points. He did have 10 shots over three games, which is a decent stat. In the ECHL, the Alaska Aces swept three games with the Utah Grizzlies. Olivier Roy stared all three games.

Slim pickings for prospect action this week, but your Three Stars are Gatineau’s Emile Poirier (1 goal, 1 assist), Providence College’s Mark Jankowski (2 assists) and Quebec’s Ryan Culkin (1 assist).

A LOOK AHEAD

The Flames play Monday night at home against the St. Louis Blues, then get three days off for Christmas. I believe the CBA specifically says Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are off days. They are likely back practicing on Boxing Day, then are back in action on Friday at home against those damn Oilers and then play at home on Sunday against the Vancouver Canucks.

Abbotsford hosts the Oklahoma City Barons (the Baby Oilers) on Friday and Saturday. The Alaska Aces host the Ontario Reign (the Baby Baby Kings) on Frday and Saturday. College and junior hockey gets back underway after Christmas.

Oh, and the World Juniors start on Boxing Day. Fun fact: Malmo, Sweden is 8 hours ahead of Calgary. Rushan Rafikov will suit up for Russia, while Jon Gillies is the starting goalie for the Americans. Russia opens against Norway on Boxing Day at 6am MT, while Team USA plays the Czech Republic at 9:30am. We’ll have much World Juniors discussion later this week (and throughout the tournament).

  • To be fair, and Lambert will probably point this out, Jankowski’s points came against the Army Black Knights. I believe Gaudreau got double that amount when Boston College played Army earlier this year. They’re not a great hockey team.

    • McRib

      Quote from the Game Summary: “The Friars then took a 1-0 lead at 1:30 of the second period when sophomore Mark Jankowski skated down the nearside, beat two Army defenders and slid the puck across the top of the crease to an open Trevor Mingoia”

      At least one of the assists sound like it was from a quality play created by Janko….
      I like most at FN wish we took one of (Teravainen, Hertl, Girgensons, etc), instead of Jankowski as organizationally we weren’t in the position to be taking long term prospects when we drafted him, but after another summer in the gym I think as a Jr. we will start to get a better understanding of what we got as he is still underdeveloped and one of the youngest players in College.

      Its interesting Brian Burke has never commented on Mark Jankowski?!?!? You would think he would be on his radar a 6’3” late bloomer… Even though he didn’t acquire him Dustin Penner helped him win a cup in Anaheim and for the record at Jankowski’s age Penner was playing Division 3 Hockey at Minot State University-Bottineau.

    • McRib

      Quote from Army/Providence Game Summary: “The Friars then took a 1-0 lead at 1:30 of the second period when sophomore Mark Jankowski skated down the nearside, beat two Army defenders and slid the puck across the top of the crease to an open Trevor Mingoia, who slotted home his first goal as a Friar.”

      At least one of the assists sound like it was from a quality play created by Janko….

      I like most at FN wish we took one of (Teravainen, Hertl, Girgensons, etc), instead of Jankowski as organizationally we weren’t in the position to be taking long term prospects when we drafted him, but after another summer in the gym I think as a Jr. we will start to get a better understanding of what we got as he is still underdeveloped and one of the youngest players in College.

      It’s interesting Brian Burke has never commented on Mark Jankowski?!?!? You would think he would be on his radar a 6’3”+ late bloomer… Even though he didn’t acquire him Dustin Penner helped him win a cup in Anaheim and for the record at Jankowski’s age Penner was playing Division 3 at Minot State University-Bottineau.

  • Burnward

    My thoughts have begun to wander off to Sochi and the Olympic games. How many of the Flames will be there to play? I doubt any of them for team Canada as the only one who might be in the mix is Gio but with all depth on D I doubt he will make it.

    I doubt we have any one for the USA.
    Hudler has to be a lock for the czechs.Is Smid a czech?
    Berra for the Swiss, he was great at the WC last spring. Does Sven get to go? Do the Swiss have enough talent not to invite him?
    What about the Fins, has Granlund been good enough in the AHL to get an invite. Ortio as the third goalie? I suspect both are long shots at best.
    Has Backs been good enough the last 2 weeks to be considered by the Swedes as a depth forward? Is Ramo a possibility as a back up goalie? I’m not convinced they are good enough and Sweden has more depth than a country like the Swiss.

    On another topic; Jankowski got two assists and yes it was only against Army. Maybe he is playing with some of the more skilled players? Maybe it kick starts his season? One can never tell what might give a player confidence.

  • McRib

    Quote from Army/Providence Game Summary: “The Friars then took a 1-0 lead at 1:30 of the second period when sophomore Mark Jankowski skated down the nearside, beat two Army defenders and slid the puck across the top of the crease to an open Trevor Mingoia, who slotted home his first goal as a Friar.”

    At least one of the assists sound like it was from a quality play created by Janko….

    I like most at FN wish we took one of (Teravainen, Hertl, Girgensons, etc), instead of Jankowski as organizationally we weren’t in the position to be taking long term prospects when we drafted him, but after another summer in the gym I think as a Jr. we will start to get a better understanding of what we got as he is still underdeveloped and one of the youngest players in College.

    Its interesting Brian Burke has never commented on Mark Jankowski?!?!? You would think he would be on his radar a 6’3” late bloomer… Even though he didn’t acquire him Dustin Penner helped him win a cup and for the record at Jankowski’s age Penner was playing Division 3 at Minot State University-Bottineau.