Posts Tagged ‘Calgary

07
Nov
08

Last Night’s Preds/Flames Game

Wow, that was unexpected, especially if you read my previous posting. There are a bunch of things that I want to write about last night’s game, so I will start and in no particular order.

  • The Score: Holy crap! I would have been happy to see like 6 or so pucks put away, but 13? First of all, the Flames came out flying, or so it seemed, because I still haven’t decided if it was the Flames or if it was the Preds that came out so flat. One thing is for sure though, its a good thing the Flames played one good period and got away to such a big lead, otherwise they would have been routed.
  • Leads me to my next point quite nicely. The tending was horrid last night. First, Renne allows 4 goals on 10 shots, no wonder he got the hook, “Thanks for the night off!” says Ellis. Second, Kipper. I’ve said it before about him, I think he’s overrated, especially as the league’s highest paid goalie. Don’t get me wrong, on nights that he is on, he’s one of the best, but then again, all goalies in the NHL are like that. It just seems to me that Kipper has had one stellar season and since then, he hasn’t had the same swagger. Third, Ellis. Well he just didn’t impress me that much, but hell, it was his night off.
  • The refs. I thought they did a splendid job. Maybe a miss on the Penalty Shot. Granted I don’t know the ins and outs of the NHL Rulebook, but I was under the impression that if the shooter got away a decent chance he shouldn’t get a penalty shot. Aucoin did clearly hook the guy, but he still had a chance to come in, make a move and get a shot off, all he needed to do was get it up and he would have scored. Maybe the refs were just trying to make it interesting.
  • The Calgary Flames fans. I have this theory that all the fans that the Flames have, just started watching hockey 4-5 years ago, just soon after the Flames got made into a decent team. “Why,” you may ask. Well, its simple. They are dumb and have no hockey sense. If they knew anything, they would know that Dion probably ran his mouth off to get his back-to-back Unsportsmanlike penalties, the officials don’t just give those out for no reason. They wouldn’t cheer when the linesmen get knocked down or are almost struck by an errant puck, especially when its the other refs they are made at. (Note: The ones with those red stripes on their arms, they call the penalties and for the most part control the flow of the game.)

Anyways there was going to be more, but I am running out of time. Oh, one last thing! After a thorough discussion with my buddy, we’ve come to the conclusion that the right call was made, or wasn’t made I guess, when the Preds appeared to have Too Many Men. It was an errant puck that struck a player, and he made no attempt to play it.

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06
Nov
08

Preds In Town Against Calgary

I’m not writing about this because I am a fan of either of this teams, but because I get to go to the game tonight, which is enough to get my excitement up.

Now, if only the game is actually exciting. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to NHL games, but last time I went, it was a snooze-fest, and Flame fans hammered the post-game talk shows with calls about how great the team had played that night. Needless to say, I was less than impressed. What made it worse was the fact that I had high expectations seeing as the Capitals were in town, tonight, different story all together.

Nashville. Personally I dislike Nashville, not because of the team but because of the market and their fans. I don’t believe they deserve a team, but they have one, and they barely kept it (just turn a blind eye to the whole Del Baggio thing).

The team itself I don’t mind, but I sure don’t have high expectations for this game. I have a feeling its gonna be as boring as can be, but hopefully I am wrong, and hopefully one of the teams come out flying, and they have all the reason to. Calgary is coming off of two losses and are looking to rebound after a loss to the Coyotes. Nashville for their part, are coming of a 4-0 shutout against the Canucks. So here’s hoping to both team coming out of the gates fast and hard, with some big checks and a lot of speed through the neutral zone. Oh, and I wouldn’t mind a fight or two.

14
Apr
08

Sarich Delivers Hit of the Year

Yeah, that is high praise but I have reasoning. First off, take a look at the hit that the whole hockey world is, or at least should be talking about.

Obviously, if you been a hockey fan of any kind, you seen hits like this many of times. Guy skating up the ice, head is down, and a D-man just steps up and lays his shoulder into him. What makes this hit, the hit of the year in my opinion, is the timing.

The Flames were down 3-0 in a pivitol Game Three, had no mojo whatsoever, and the Sea of Red might as well of been sitting in a library they were so quiet. Then it happened. Sarich freaking nails Marleau, which incites a scrum and gets the crowd to their feet. Also, Calgary managed to get a power-play out of the ordeal leading to their first goal.

The Flames came back to win when it all looked so glim, and this win will propel them to win the series… and all because of this huge hit by Sarich. He may have single-handedly changed the Flames entire play-off fortunes.

P.S. Mad, MAD props to Marleau for getting right up and getting in the scrum. That’s leadership baby, and that’s playing the game!

11
Apr
08

Martin Done As Panthers Coach

The Florida Panthers have announced some much needed changes. Jacques Martin who has been the GM/Coach for the past two seasons of the team was relieved of his coaching duties. No word yet on if he will be brought back as GM.

In my mind, I doubt that he will. The Panthers have been swirling in mediocrity for much of the past decade, and don’t seem like they are on any kind of upswing, or downswing. Something needs to be done with this team, and the first thing in my opinion… is that it needs to be relocated.

Yup, RELOCATED. The fact that there are two NHL teams in the state of Florida and only 3 in both ends of Canada is beyond me. In fact, this has nothing to do with Canada period. Just move them to a place that actually has a hockey market! According to SI, just before the end of the season the Panthers averaged just over 15,000 fans, yet they report that there have been occasions in which the Panthers played in front of less than 10,000 people! Hell, last season, the Calgary Hitmen, a WHL team averaged 9,062 fans per game. A bunch of 16-19 year old kids have had a bigger audience then the Panthers at time!

Anyways! Next thing they need to do is just get rid of Martin. I willing to bet that the only reason he hasn’t been fired yet, is because ownership hasn’t found someone to take his place yet… but you can bet that they are looking. Besides Keenan, I think Martin has been the worse thing to happen to the Panthers since their inception. Under Martin’s direction, there hasn’t been many steps in the right direction, Vokoun and acquiring Matthias being the only exceptions that immediately comes to mind.

06
Apr
08

Play-off Match-ups Decided & Predictions

Ok, so with my extended absence over, the NHL season is also over and the match-ups have been decided.

Eastern Conference

  • (1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (8) Boston Bruins – Montreal is going to take this without too much effort. Sorry Boston, but I don’t think you have a shot. Montreal in 5.
  • (2) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (7) Ottawa Senators – First of all, could anyone have imagined that the Sens would be seventh in the conference at the end of the season? Because the Senators are the biggest chokers I’ve seen in the NHL, Penguins in 6.
  • (3) Washington Capitals vs. (6) Philadelphia Flyers – I think this is going the best series in the first round. Ovechkin just won’t be happy enough with just making the post-season, he is going to to carry this team through. Washington in 7.
  • (4) New Jersey Devils vs. (5) New York Rangers – Brodeur is going to single-handedly win these series. Sorry Pries, but the Rangers are ‘effed. Jersey in 6.

Western Conference

  • (1) Detroit Red Wings vs. (8) Nashville Predators – The grizzled and experienced Red Wings continue to be the top team in the league, it is unreal. The Red Wings are gonna waltz through the Predators. Wings sweep.
  • (2) San Jose Sharks vs. (7) Calgary Flames – Sorry Flame fans… But the Sharks are going to take this one. It won’t be easy though, the Flames are one of the grittiest teams in the league. Sharks in 7.
  • (3) Minnesota Wild vs. (6) Colorado Avalanche – This is a tough one… I realistically have no idea who is gonna win this one, so I am just gonna pick the Avs because they are my Dad’s team, and they used to be the Nordiques! Avalanche in 6.
  • (4) Anaheim Ducks vs. (5) Dallas Stars – Just because the Ducks finished 4th, doesn’t mean they can’t repeat. They are a better team than they were last year so they have a legit shot. Ducks win in 5.

There… now I just hope that I am right on half of them, because I could see myself screwing it up.

01
Apr
08

Flames’ Fans Beat Oiler Fan Unconscious

So I just had to go drive my buddy around because he managed to lock his keys in his car. And while I was cabbing him around he told me about this guy, an Oiler fan, who got “gangbeated” [his words, not mine], following the Oil’s 2-1 win ovr Calgary on the weekend.

So I figured I would come home and look it up and sure enough, it happened. 

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Apparently this guy was walking, in his Oiler jersey, back to a friends’ house late at night, when this Mercedes  full of Flames’ fans, in their Flames jerseys, pulled up staring at him.

The guy said to them, “How ’bout them Flames?”

Now, he did provoke them, but hell, how many times does someone hear words like that? As a Leaf fan… I hear it a lot! But I have never thought about beating the bloody hell out of the people that say it to me, let alone get a bunch of pals in on it…. granted I don’t have many fellow Leaf fans in Southern Alberta… but come on!

So this guy, is going to press charges… or at least attempt to, as he got the people’s license plate number and he met with the cops. Calgary in my opinion is sketchy… this coming a week after a homeless guy got beat while in his sleep.

24
Mar
08

Flames Refuse To Help Out Fellow Albertans

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Tonight marked the first time in a long time that Oiler fans were cheering for the Flames, and that Flame fans were cheering for the Oil. One of my buddies (an Oiler fan) sent me a text earlier today which displayed this cheering for a team that he hates.

“I never thought I would say that I want the Flamers to who tonight.”

Ok maybe not the best quote, because apparently T9 Word didn’t know he meant to say win, but I knew. The Oilers did their part in helping the Flames out, by beating the Wild giving the Flames a shot at reclaiming the Northwest division lead. The Flames however, didn’t really sound like they showed up to play tonight. (I listened to the game on the Fan 960.)

It sounded like a boring game, but that could have been because of the endless mistakes the announcers were making… I can’t even recall how many they made. They even claimed that Ottawa had beat the Wild tonight, right after they announced that Ottawa had just lost to Montreal. (First off, the Oil/Wild game was still very much in progress, and second… well you see the error.)

Anyways! So the West is packed right up again now, as 6 points are the difference between being in sixth place, and being in eleventh place. Which brings me to my next thought. I saw this wicked great site today called Sports Club Stats, which does an unbelievable job at calculated the chances that a team has at making the playoffs. Check it out, and look at your favourite team and their chances, and even where they will probably end up in the standings. A great way to look ahead to the draft if you are out of it.