I’d like to bid a hearty “Welcome to the Playoffs” to the 9 Calgary Flames players who will be making their first post-season appearance this spring. Now you’ll really know what the “C of Red” is all about, and with that knowledge comes the pressure of the 1 Million residents of the city of Calgary. You’re under the microscope now, so you better be ready to perform.
Of course, the biggest name to make his playoff debut is Olli Jokinen, who is not-so-proud of holding the NHL record of 799 regular season games without a playoff appearance. He’s been facing the questions for the past 2 weeks now, so I’m sure he’ll show up ready to play in his playoff debut in Chicago tomorrow. Look for a Hat-Trick from the big Finn… or at least an assist on an Iginla goal…
Also making his first post-season appearance is Mike Cammalleri, who played 5 seasons with the LA Kings during their “rebuilding” phase before being traded to Calgary last summer.
Ex-Chicago Blackhawk Rene Bourque will also play in his first playoff series this year and he’ll be a welcome return to the Flames lineup after being out for the past 24 games with a lower body injury.
Flames regulars, Dustin Boyd and Curtis Glencross will also be making their playoff debuts this season and look for them to contribute throughout the playoffs.
Then there’s the ‘youngsters’.
The most notable young-un is Adam Pardy who, after 60 regular season games seems to fit right in on the Flames Blueline. He’s played on the power play and penalty killing at times and could be the silent Hawks killer if he continues to play the physical kind of hockey he’s done all year.
Warren Peters, Brett Sutter, David Van Der Gulik, and Kyle Greentree could all see playoff action based on the injury situation for the Flames. Peters has played the most with the Flames and is more likely to find his way into the lineup come tomorrow night, but any one of these players could find themselves on the ice during this series.
Good luck boys! Play hard every shift!
And don’t F*#K up or you’ll find yourself playing in Abbotsford faster than you can say “Khabibulin”.