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Lemons, lemonaide

Despite playing some lousy hockey in the prior two games, Flames have the chance to escape this 3 game sojourn with a 5 of a possible 6 points this evening. A good measure of the Flames “success” in California was had thanks to Miikka Kiprusoff, who looked something like the Vezina winner he once was….

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Assessing the royal risk

Even if the Flames weren’t mediocre on the road and lousy at back-to-backs (they are and…they are), the Los Angeles Kings aren’t a guaranteed two points anymore. In fact, I consider them a burgeoning heavy-weight that is probably a season or two out from making noise in the league.

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One of these things is not like the others…

…one of these things just plain sucks. Im going to forgo talking about the Ducks in this pre-game; we saw them just a few games ago and little has changed since then. Watch out for Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan (in that order). Don’t worry too much about Selanne at even-strength. etc. No, this post will…

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Who will outsuck whom?

It’s the Blurst of times for the Canadiens and Flames right now. Calgary has just finished losing 4 straight for the first time this season, sullying many of the sky-high expectations they had built over the prior two months.

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On Perceptions and the Swoon

Both the Ducks and the Flames will be desperate for a win today: the Flames, because a 4 game losing streak would remind them of the late season swoons they experienced under both Keenan and Playfair, while the Ducks are currently enmeshed in the cluster-f that is the Western Conference play-off bubble.

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Kryptonite

Jarome Iginla has played 4 games against the Hawks this year, managed zero goals, three assists…and a ghastly -9 rating. That’s arguably the worst stats line for the captain versus any team in the league.

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Calgary/Chicago Parallels

Although the team is busy having closed door meetings, there isn’t too much to complain about in Flames country currently. I mean, there’s the road record, but Im not too worried about it. Otherwise, the Flames are golden. They are ensconced in 3rd in the Conference, with long views between the teams ahead and behind…

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Win one without the Kipper (maybe?)

While I concluded below that the Flames should be in line for an improved road record going forward, there’s absolutely no guarantees that the turn-around will begin this evening in Dallas. Working against the Flames is the dreaded “road game less than 24 hours after the previous road game”. Calgary has suffered some of their…

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Investigating the Flames road issues

Due to some server issues, this was cross-posted from my site. After last night’s loss at the hands of the bottom-feeding Colorado Avalanche, the Flames road record dipped to a mediocre 11-10-1; a stark contrast to their 19-5-3 home dominance.

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Greetings and Salutations

Flying in the face of conventional wisdom, your first impression of me here on FlamesNation is unlikely to be a good one. Let’s face it: introductions are boring. And that’s all I have for you at this point. In fact, you should stop reading right here…