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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.
 

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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.
Im guessing that unless Kipper has another good showing the Flames lose this one. The Habs have been better defensively and their top line is playing well unlike ours. I think it's time to split Iggy and Oil if they go pointless again tonight.​
 

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I'm pretty pumped for this one. I can see a good game coming the ways of Iginla and Jokinen. If the first line can (finally) get out of the gate tonight, they can win this game without Kipper standing on his head.
I've been sorta rooting for Montreal to do well this season (mostly because I wanna see Toronto bomb and let the Bruins have and early first), but not tonight. Gonna be a close one.
 

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I remember when the Sens had an amazing start too. That wasn't what we'd call a dream season when all was said and done. I won't be assuredly praising this start until half way through the season when we can judge if it was luck or if this is a genuinely good team.
 

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I remember when the Sens had an amazing start to. That wasn't what we'd call a dream season when all was said and done. I won't be assuredly praising this start until half way through the season when we can judge if it was luck or if this is a genuinely good team.
The Flames still have much to learn yet this season, I just hope they get better with every game because as it stands right now I'm not as happy with them as you might think.​
 

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Anyone else hear quinn commenting on the Iggy and Souray incident where they both got tied up and Souray went funny into the boards.

Here's what quinn said about it after the game:
"I don't understand the players of today," he said. "If that had happened in the old days he would have got hit over the head with a stick right after. It was a pretty dirty play in my opinion. He poked his feet out and then piled on top of him. Somehow they never deal with that crap and they won't let the vigilante stuff happen to deal with it. It's disappointing."

IMO, he's sounding more like the crazy old man that he is rather than the brilliant head coach that Edmontonians think he is. Then again Quinn's always gonna be a smoke in mirrorskind of guy in Edmonton.
 

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I think he said that to get his team fired up, if he truly belives this he's got his head way up his ass! But again we have members on the fourm that would take his every word as true..
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... and against the 0-2-0 Stars.
I wouldn't take this one lightly, though. If Turco can get in stride after a not so great game last game, the Stars have a good shot at a victory. They got just as far against Edmonton as Calgary did on a .833 SV%.
Meh, 4-1-0 or 4-0-1 is good enough, but 5-0-0 would be great. ;)
 

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Let's hope it finnaly gets through to the team that sitting on leads never works no matter how big a lead...
 

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Man you Flamers must of been embarassed. 5-0 lead then POOF! its gone and then BAM! you lose.

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In the last couple years, the Flames have been perennial slow starters. I think a couple good games early in the year set early expectations too high. Iginla and Kipper aren't themselves quite yet. Once they get geared up, this could be a very good team, this being maybe early to mid- November.

By the way, it's not like the Oilers are what they call a model franchise right now...
 

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The Flames are overrated. Yesterdays collapse wasn't all Kippers fault. The Flames ''top defence'' fell apart. You guys lack a top 3 forward for Iginla and Jokinen to play with.

As for your comment about the Oil. Sure, they aren't a perfect team. But they are a much better team than the Flames. Yesterday, both AB teams had 5-0 leads. One of them built on it winning 6-1. The other team fell apart, losing 6-5 in OT. Calgary isn't close to model team.

The Flames should watch the game between the Oil and Hawks. They might just learn somthing ;)
Personally I think the only time two teams can really be compaired is when they play each other. When it comes to Oilers vs. Flames this season....

...oh yea that's right Oilers lost both times this year despight home ice advantage. :beer
 

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Sutter plans to use Craig Conroy at center with Curtis Glencross on the left wing and Jarome Iginla on the right wing as the Flames first line against Vancouver today.
Jokinen will center the 3rd line of Fredrik Sjostrom and Eric Nystrom.

My question is why not center Langkow instead of Conroy and Bourque at left wing instead of Glencross?
 

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Friday, 16 October 2009

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Does Juice have what it takes to play at the Dome for the first time tonight or is he going to have an injury like last season?
 
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