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Into Thin Air - Game #40
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The Colorado Rockies Avalanche are paying a visit to play the Flames of Calgary tomorrow night in an all important match-up for the Flames. Despite being from the mile high city (1610 metres above sea level), the Avalanched shouldn't really enjoy a conditioning advantage over the Flames as Calgary has thin air as well (1050 metres above sea level). Yet, playing in Denver puts players in rarified air, and they record this year proves it. They are the worst team in the league. 25 points earned out of 37 games. What the? They have some solid players, but it seems like when Patty Roy left town, the team's intestinal fortitude and a bunch of other things have left them. Downhill skiing anyone? The Avalanche are 1-9 in their last ten game and have lost 4 in a row. Last game the lost to Vancouver when former Flame Sven Baertschi scored two goal to eke out a 3-2 win. Still they are being led by Nate McKinnon and Matt Duschene two very dangerous players. And they have one Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla. A future hall of famer and one of the all time Calgary Flame favourites playing. The fire still burns in Jarome and he is probably as horrified as anyone that he has only 5 goals this season. You bet he'd like to score in Calgary. This could be his last season and while we're cheering for the Flames, I'm betting there is more than a few who would cheer his patented one timer or a quick snap shot off of the wing.

Game time is 8:00 p.m. so its double naps for FF (single for the younger Nanuuk  Silly )

Go Flames go! Into thin air you go Colorado!


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Uhh.., that team kind of sucked with Roy as the coach too.  The downhill slide started when they let an in-his-prime Paul Stastny leave and tried to replace him with aging veterans like Iginla, Tanguay & Comeau.  Now the are relying on the mercurial Rene Bourque to supply the scoring support to the young stars you mentioned.

The Avalanche were terrible when the Flames saw them a weak ago.  If it wasn't for some outstanding goaltending by Pickard, the Flames might have 4 or 5 more goals on top of the bunch that were all redirected in by Avalanche defenders.
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Free Fallin'

Yah, 3 Chord Tom nails it, that's the Avalanche, free falling down the standings at a record pace. And Patty Roy, one of the architects of this tumble, has slid on back home to his Quebec Junior team, upset at the lack of talent acquired in the offseason. When Rene Bourque, the 34 year old poster child for lackadaisical effort is your big signing you can see there's some issues there.

And it starts with ownership that is unwilling to spend anywhere near to the cap, which is why you end up with Blake Comeau-toes on your top line, while Stastny and Ryan O'Reilly are playing elsewhere.It's not like there isn't talent there, Like Duchesne and the Mc-Nova Scotia kid, McKinnon. And of course, the curious case of one Jarome Iginla.

When he signed with Colorado, he was still a productive winger, but a lot of people shook their heads, like myself, wondering why there? We all thought he wanted to win a cup, and that was NOT the place to do it, he should have been in New York, or Washington, one of those high flying. high spending teams.  But Iggy chose to sign for term with the Av's, rather than 1 year contracts with a winner. I recall him saying he wanted some stability for his young family, rather than uprooting them every year.

And now he approaches the end, his production way down, and about to turn 40 next July 1, when he will be a free agent once again. And he has stated in the past, according to Warrener, that he would play until he was 40. So this may be the last time we see Iginla at the Dome, they have one more meeting with the Av's after this on Mar.27, and he may be swapped out to another team by then. But seriously, how many teams will gamble on him being productive once again? 

It would appear that his career is free fallin,' like his team.

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Tonight's projected line-up.

FORWARDS

Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Alex Chiasson

Matthew Tkachuk - Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik

Kris Versteeg - Sam Bennett - Micheal Ferland

Lance Bouma - Matt Stajan - Freddie Hamilton

DEFENCE

Mark Giordano - Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie - Dennis Wideman

Tyler Wotherspoon - Deryk Engelland

GOALTENDER

Brian Elliott

Freddie and Spooner draw in. Kevin and Hathaway are in the press box.
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A brief glance back

It was only 3 games ago, and the first game after the Christmas break, and it was a strange one. The first 4 goals the Flames scored were rebounds off of Avalanche players, and all in the 2nd period. They had fallen behind 1-0 in the first after peppering the young Colorado backup with shots. Backlund and Gaudreau with 2, Bennett and Versteeg rounded out the scoring in a somewhat sloppy 6-3 win in Colorado.The Av's Landesglug scored 2 and that old Iginla guy scored 1 on a blistering one-timer.

The highlight of the game was Mikael Backlund  blocking a shot killing a 5 on 3, then hopping around on one foot to finish the kill. That put him in the dressing room in the third period, but he was back playing next game.

The lesson learned in the game was that although the AV's have a terrible defence they still have offensive weapons and goaltenders that can steal games. Nothing less than their best effort is needed against even the bottom feeders the Flames are playing lately.

From today's practice -

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Elliott first off the ice. He'll get the start in net tonight, his fourth in five games. #Flames

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Looks like Wotherspoon is in for Jokipakka tonight. #Flames

@Fan960Steinberg: Freddie Hamilton in for Garnet Hathaway tonight. Hamilton's first game since December 2nd in Minnesota.

So there will be a couple of changes for tonight, to keep all the Boyz sharp. Bring your "A" game Boyz and keep them sliding!

Go FLAMES GO!
{crap out collectively, Colorado!}

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Interesting line-up changes


They are 14-4-0 or 15-4-0 with Hathaway in the line-up.  He never stops hustling, draws penalties & gives 110% every shift. 

Wotherspoon needs to play a little more so the coaches can continue to evaluate him.  He's not flashy, but last game he played, he showed he knows when to jump up & help out on the rush.  I think there is a candidate more deserving of a night in the pressbox than Kevin...,
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(2017-01-04, 02:11 PM)KNilsson14 Wrote: Interesting line-up changes


They are 14-4-0 or 15-4-0 with Hathaway in the line-up.  He never stops hustling, draws penalties & gives 110% every shift. 

Wotherspoon needs to play a little more so the coaches can continue to evaluate him.  He's not flashy, but last game he played, he showed he knows when to jump up & help out on the rush.  I think there is a candidate more deserving of a night in the pressbox than Kevin...,

Now I may need a little more information to figure out who you are talking about but I think it could be one of these guys:
1. the guy who went ~25 games without scoring
2. the guy who pinched on the #2 goal versus Anaheim
3. the guy who got the delay of game penalty resulting in goal #3 versus Anaheim
4. the guy who looks slower and slower each and every game

Which one of the four is it?
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I will give you a few more clues

1.  Its NOT the guy that looks like Mr Bean's long lost twin
2.  Its NOT the guy that Treliving & Burke have been "desperately trying to trade" since game #10
3.  Its NOT the guy that recently had the A put on his chest
4.  Its NOT the guy playing on the left side when his whole career was built on being successful on the right side
5.  Its NOT the guy who started strong and then got sent to Stockton where he could get more ice time
6.  Its NOT Pat Ribble
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Well Golly Gee fellas, it can't be the Wide Dog, he just scored last game, and plays more than 20 minutes a night.

Is it Brad Marsh?
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Neil Sheehy?
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D Average Ice Time and Plus/minus

Giordano 24:15 +8
Brodie 23:19 -17
Wideman 21:30 +2
Hamilton 19:23 0
Engelland 18:18 +8
Jokipakka 14:48 -3
Kulak 14:43 +1
Wotherspoon 10:31 -1

D Turnovers Giveaways/Takeaways/Diff (+/-)

Giordano 18 Gv, 20 Tk, +2
Brodie 36 Gv, 30 Tk, -6
Wideman 26 Gv, 12 Tk, -12
Hamilton 24 Gv, 6 Tk, -18
Engelland 21 Gv, 7 Tk, -14
Jokipakka 14:48 14 Gv, 3 Tk, -11
Kulak 14:43 6 Gv, 3 Tk, -3
Wotherspoon 10:31 2 Gv, 0 Tk, -2

I'm not sure exactly how they track Turnover stats, but Widedog isn't the worst offender by any stretch.
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I think Freddie is in just to give him a game. Hathaway hasn't played badly at all. Gully mentioned that the Av's were a good face-off team. Having another right shot C in the line-up might be a good thing and Freddie is very responsible defensively.
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For some reason, who is playing 8 to 10 minutes on our 4th line is a deep concern to fans. I thinks it's the Paulstar Principle  Mischief
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(2017-01-04, 07:06 PM)Nanuuk Wrote: D Average Ice Time and Plus/minus

Giordano 24:15 +8
Brodie 23:19 -17
Wideman 21:30 +2
Hamilton 19:23 0
Engelland 18:18 +8
Jokipakka 14:48 -3
Kulak 14:43 +1
Wotherspoon 10:31 -1

D Turnovers Giveaways/Takeaways/Diff (+/-)

Giordano 18 Gv, 20 Tk, +2
Brodie 36 Gv, 30 Tk, -6
Wideman 26 Gv, 12 Tk, -12
Hamilton 24 Gv, 6 Tk, -18
Engelland 21 Gv, 7 Tk, -14
Jokipakka 14:48 14 Gv, 3 Tk, -11
Kulak 14:43 6 Gv, 3 Tk, -3
Wotherspoon 10:31 2 Gv, 0 Tk, -2

I'm not sure exactly how they track Turnover stats, but Widedog isn't the worst offender by any stretch.


You have to take that stat with a grain of salt.  Guys who make more passes are more likely to make giveaways.
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So Wideman is plus 2 and in the middle of the pack with turnovers and you want to take that stat with a grain of salt. Ok.
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I don't measure everything with stats

Wideman & Brodie have been a poor combination most nights they have been out there.  Wideman jumps into the rush too often when he should not.  Wideman still has some upside, but it is gradually disappearing..., not quite a free falling.
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I think Dougie's improved play has come from being paired with Gio. Not dissimilar to Brodes. Brodes hasn't played well this year because he needs an anchor to play with. The Gent should be that anchor.
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I believe they worked well as a pair when Giordano was injured 2 years ago.  I would not be opposed to testing that out.

That would mean Wideman is partnered with one of the younger guys fighting to establish themselves.
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Wotherspoon with a nice pass to set Ferland up with a scoring chance in the slot.
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