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Hockey Day in Canada: BoA

Posted 30 Jan 2010 — by admin
Category Battle of Alberta, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Pre-game, Prediction

It’s hockey day in Canada, and I’ve been enjoying our national game all day long. I put the skates on and shot some pucks at the outdoor rink at the park close to my house, and now it’s time to put on the Flames jersey and head downtown to prep for the Flames vs Oilers game at 8pm.

The hype is building (at least it is inside MY head), and this is sure to be a good, physical game. Both teams are riding ridiculously long losing streaks, and one team will end it tonight. The team that comes out and truly believes they can win, will win.

There is no set of stats anyone can quote to predict who will win. Such is the Battle of Alberta. The best team can lose to the worst team on any night when these 2 teams come out to play. It is usually the team that plays with energy and physicality that wins. We just don’t know which team that will be yet.

So if you feel up to it, leave a prediction. I’ve put money on a 4-3 Flames win.

Battle of Alberta #3 no Snoozer

Posted 25 Oct 2009 — by admin
Category Battle of Alberta, Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, Win, home

Earlier this week I overheard someone say, “Do you think Iggy has finally woken up?” This question came on Wednesday after Jarome’s best game of the season when he scored a goal, added an assist and more importantly, lead his team to victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

It was a thought that had also come to my mind. Despite the fact that the Flames have continued to win games and have kept their record within the top 5 teams in the NHL, their captain has not played up to our expectations. Last night’s game was a good indication that Jarome Iginla hasn’t actually “woken up,” he just hit the snooze button.

The Flames rolled over the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 last night to improve their Battle of Alberta record to 3-0 this season. Like many games so far, the Flames weren’t lead on the scoresheet by their captain. Instead it was Rene Bourque and Nigel Dawes that lead the team in scoring with 3 points and 2 goals respectively.

Bourque, the Flames leading scorer, notched his 5th goal of the season on a shorthanded breakout with Daymond Langkow in the first period. He also set up Dawes for 2 goals, including the back-breaker at 12:27 of the 3rd period, at a time when the Oilers looked like they were considering a comeback. Eric Nystrom and David Moss also scored for the Flames.

Last night’s win against the Oilers was the 3rd in a row for the Flames and gives them a 7-2-1 record after 10 games. They are 5-0 against their NW division rivals, and even without their captain’s usual contributions, the Flames have managed to achieve the 3rd best record in the league. This has been possible because the Flames have had balanced scoring and everyone has been contributing. They have 6 players with 6 points, 5 players with 5 points and only 2 players on the roster that have not registered a point so far. But Jason Jaffray has only played in 1 game, and Aaron Johnson has only played in 2 games.

Over the past 2 weeks I’ve heard lots of theories about why Iginla has been slow to start this season: He’s getting older; He has too much attention on him from opposing teams; He’s slowing down; He can’t find chemistry with Olli Jokinen; He is being held back by Brent Sutter’s new team structure. Whatever the case, Iginla is not scoring like he has in past seasons and is not dominating games like Flames fans want him to. But Jarome still has 8 points (3rd most on the Flames) and the team is winning consistently. So should we really worry about it?

Four and Oh. Go Flames Go.

Posted 08 Oct 2009 — by admin
Category Battle of Alberta, Edmonton Oilers, Road, Win, shootout

Holy [email protected]! That’s a comeback that I’ll remember for a while!

The Flames used some kind of magic tonight in Edmonton to come back from a 2-0 deficit, tie the game at 3-3 with 1.5 seconds left in the 3rd and then win it in the shootout. With the win the Flames go 4-0 to start the season and sit in first place in the NHL.

The Flames started slowly against the Oilers tonight and found themselves down 2-0 at the end of the first period after goals by Ethan Moreau and Lubomir Visnovsky. They didn’t do much in the 2nd period until Daymond Langkow scored his first goal of the season with 29 seconds remaining in the period. The Flames tied the game at 2-2 early in the 3rd period when Nigel Dawes re-directed Staffan Kronwall’s point shot into the Oilers net behind Khabibulin.

With just 6.5 minutes left to play in the 3rd period, Alex Hemsky capitalized on some sloppy Flames play to put the Oilers ahead 3-2. Just when Oilers fans were about to start patting themselves on the back, Jay Bouwmeester fired a high shot from the point that was deflected in by Rene Bourque. The tying goal came with just 1.5 seconds left in regulation time. It would be an understatement to say that the 16,839 fans in attendance were stunned. Even the fans in Flames jerseys couldn’t believe it.

In Overtime, the Flames took a penalty but the Oilers couldn’t capitalize. Miikka Kiprusoff’s glove hand was unbeatable and they managed to push the game to the shootout. After Edmonton’s Sam Gagner missed, Nigel Dawes scored to make it 1-0 for the Flames. Patrick O’Sullivan scored for the Oilers to tie the shootout at 1-1 before Olli Jokinen scored the eventual winner by slipping the puck in behind Khabibulin’s pad. Ales Hemsky couldn’t answer with a goal and shot the puck over the net to seal the win for the Flames.

The win moves the Flames into sole possession of 1st place in the NHL and leaves them as one of 4 unbeaten teams this season. Atlanta, Nashville and Columbus are also unbeaten, but have played only 2 games each this season.

The Flames next game is at home tomorrow night against the struggling Dallas Stars, who have yet to win this season.

Battle of Alberta v 2.0

Posted 08 Oct 2009 — by admin
Category Battle of Alberta, Edmonton Oilers, Pre-game

How lucky are we?!! Two Alberta battles in 5 days!

The Flames will head down the road to Edmonton again tonight to face their provincial rivals at Rexall Place. The Flames are riding a 3 game win streak while the Oilers are 1-1 to start the season. This is the first time that the Flames have won 3 straight games to start the season since the 1993-1994 1994 season. A win tonight will tie the 1993-1994 record of 4 wins to start the season.

About tonight’s game, we know this so far: Kipper and Khabibulin will start in net; Staios is out; Smid is in and will skate with Souray. Oh… and there will be fights.

Here’s some stats about the Flames players that you may find either interesting or shocking.
Jokinen – has not shot on net yet this year
Iginla – 11 shots, 1 goal and -2 rating
Moss – scored game winner last game vs Oilers
Prust – 1/3 of the newest, most popular Flames line: Prustrom
Nystrom – 100% shot percentage. +5 rating. Prustrom
Sjostrom – Also 1/3 of the newest, most popular Flames line: Prustrom
Pardy – 1 goal, 3 points. +5 rating
Kronwall – 1st NHL goal was game winner vs. Montreal
Phaneuf – 3 points. -4 rating.
Regehr – has a -5 rating… worst in the NHL
Bouwmeester – 2 pts, 27:51 avg ice time, 3rd in NHL
Bourque – 3 pts, -2 rating. I almost chose him in my pool. Took Crosby instead
Kiprusoff – 3 wins, 3.00 GAA, 9.15 save %, 97 saves (2nd in NHL)

The game starts at 7:30. For TV listings, I choose C of Red. You should too.

Flames Drop 2 in Battle of Alberta

Posted 19 Oct 2008 — by admin
Category Battle of Alberta, Edmonton Oilers, Iginla, Loss

The Calgary Flames gave up the lead 2 times in 2 days to hand the Edmonton Oilers their 3rd and 4th straight wins to start the 2008-2009 season. With the losses, the Flames now sit at 1-3-1 and have started the season in a very lacklustre style that makes it hard to be a Flames fan in October.

Flames Captain, Jarome Iginla has 1 goal and 3 assists to open the season, and has been in 2 fights – one good one with Willie Mitchell (despite getting ‘jerseyed’) and one that was a waste with Cody McCormick. The Flames have a tough enough team and should not have to rely on their captain (and top scorer) to flight for them. Surely this has something to do with Sean Avery’s comments… but this shouldn’t be happening. Iginla needs to be on the ice to score.

Miikka Kiprusoff has started the season at a snail’s pace. He has a 4.36 goals against average, and has been out of position too many times. Typically he’s let himself slide out of the net while stopping the first shot… only to let in many 2nd shot chances. Granted, the Flames defence is not doing what they should to stop their opponents from getting these 2nd (and 3rd!) shots on net… but Kipper needs to realize this and adapt his game. He is obviously not comfortable and not happy.

The Flames are being led on the scoreboard by Todd Bertuzzi who has 5 goals in 5 games, and by Daymond Langkow with 1 goal and 5 assists. These guys are supposed to be putting points on the board for the Flames, but they need a little backup from the 2nd and 3rd lines. The Flames have averaged 2.8 goals per game (3.5 goals-per-game if you remove the 6-0 opening night blowout), but have allowed 4.4 goals per game. The Flames typically rely on their one-time Vezina goaltender to bail them out, and they need to realize that Kipper is more than human, and needs a lot of help. I should point out that Kipper won the Vezina during a year that the Flames had one of the most defensive-oriented teams in the NHL. During the 2005-2006 season any team that got behind the Flames by a goal or more had little chance of winning. This season is completely different.

The Oilers are now 4-0-0 to start the season – something that nobody would have predicted last summer. The only other teams that remain unbeaten this season are Minnesota (4-0-0) and Buffalo (4-0-1).

Flames Win Home Opener Against Oilers

Posted 07 Oct 2006 — by admin
Category Battle of Alberta, Edmonton Oilers, Flames, Nilson, Win, Yelle

Marcus Nilson scored on a rebound with less than a minute left in the 2nd period to win the the Calgary Flames’ home opener tonight.

Dwayne Roloson stopped Stefan Yelle’s first shot on net, but left a huge rebound for Nilson, who made no mistake in scoring his first goal of the season. Alex Tanguay picked up his first assist of the season on the play also.

Edmonton opened the scoring in the first period with a goal from Joffrey Lupul just under 9 minutes into the game. But Calgary’s Stefan Yelle notched the equalizer with just 8 seconds left in the period.

The game was typical of any Battle of Alberta matchup, with lots of physical play and plenty of chances for both teams. Both teams had 8 penalties apiece.

Calgary’s next game is at home vs. the San Jose Sharks on Oct 9.

Flames Drop Season Opener to Oilers

Posted 05 Oct 2006 — by admin
Category Battle of Alberta, Edmonton Oilers, Flames, Iginla, Loss

The Calgary Flames started the 2006-2007 season on the road in Edmonton… and they might as well have stayed in Calgary. The Flames didn’t show up to play and fell 3-1 to the Oilers.

Edmonton came out running-and-gunning, and were rewarded with two 1st period goals from Peter Sykora. Daniel Tjarnqvist also scored in the 3rd period for the Oilers.

Calgary’s only goal came at 14:25 of the 3rd period when Jarome Iginla took a pass from Daymond Langkow and burned Dwayne Roloson’s hope of a shutout.

The back-to-back, Battle of Alberta start to the season shifts back to the Saddledome on Saturday for the Flames Home opener.

Flames Drop Season Opener to Oilers

Posted 09 May 2006 — by admin
Category Battle of Alberta, Edmonton Oilers, Flames, Iginla, Loss

The Calgary Flames started the 2006-2007 season on the road in Edmonton… and they might as well have stayed in Calgary. The Flames didn’t show up to play and fell 3-1 to the Oilers.

Edmonton came out running-and-gunning, and were rewarded with two 1st period goals from Peter Sykora. Daniel Tjarnqvist also scored in the 3rd period for the Oilers.

Calgary’s only goal came at 14:25 of the 3rd period when Jarome Iginla took a pass from Daymond Langkow and burned Dwayne Roloson’s hope of a shutout.

The back-to-back, Battle of Alberta start to the season shifts back to the Saddledome on Saturday for the Flames Home opener.