Game #3 of the season tonight and in the first 2 games the Flames have looked very good and very bad back and forth. Just like the last few seasons the Flames have had another very inconsistent start, the difference from the other years has been Kipper who has arguably stole both of the 1st 2 games maybe they should have him always play the preseason with the big pads then switch back at the start of the season. After all it was the start of 05-06 when all the goalies in the league (including kipper) had to adopt the smaller pads due to rule changes. Of course that season was remembered as Kippers best season in which he won the Vesina and the Jennings. Coincidence?
I am liking the new Brent Sutter system when they are playing it right, I'm assuming the next big thing to improve is their play in the 3rd periods. The last 2 3rd periods most of the time they were caught defending leads in their own end, optimally they'd be killing that time in the opposing end with a steady cycle. Up until now only the lower lines have had any sucess with this.
Even though Sarich is out the 5 permanent starters that remain are looking solid in both directions, although it appears Regehr has returned from jumping into the plays and creating offence back to the defencive defenceman we know. Hard to really complain about anything there. It's really amazing how Bouwmeester and Phaneuf play a very similar game but with little differences. For example I've noticed Phaneuf is starting to play a very good positional game were as Bouwmeester covers a lot more ice and catches players off guard with his speed. It'll be very interesting to watch the big 3 play out the season, as it looks now Bouwmeester is logging the most ice time, but I have a feeling Sutter's trying to keep the defencive minutes as balanced as possible.
Anyways that's my rant on the 1st 2 games.