Friday, October 5, 2007

Still pre-season? No? Oh well.

So... due to other commitments, I only caught the second and third periods, really, but that seems to have been two periods more than Dave, so I'll just chime in with my thoughts on the game.

Craig Simpson was wasted on the Oilers: Seriously, what was this guy doing coaching? He produced much better colour commentary than we ever got from Drew Remenda last year. It was well timed, he knew when to shut up, and if you listened to him, you might even learn a thing or two. Huh.

Discipline: This is going to be a big one this year, and something that was nagging at me through the post-season. The refs do seem to be calling more things, and calling them consistently, so if we don't shape the hell up, it's gonna hurt.

Eriksson: Sigh.

Line Juggling: My head was spinning with all the line rotations this game. Looks like Langkow was battling hard to stay on that top line - based on the second goal, he just might stay there.

Day late, dollar short, blah blah: Seems to me that if the 3rd period Flames had shown up a bit earlier in the game, I wouldn't have to be surreptitiously optimistic. Still, at least they showed up...I was afraid before the game that we'd have to coax them out from under the stalls in the dressing room.

Next tilt is Saturday vs Vancouver...we'll see how that goes.


  1. I'll admit I didn't see the whole game, but I saw the Eriksson dump that resulted in the game winner. In my opinion, I can't blame the guy who has no real options to move the puck. Four Flames in a 3 foot radius and a 5th man (who appears to be) in the Philadelphia zone. What's a guy to do in this case? It's unfortunate that the puck bounced off Conroy and goes right to Gagne, but Eriksson clearly needs some options in that scenario.

  2. Oh Snap! Drew Remenda is gone? I was watching at a pub so the color commentary was . . . lost.

    Best. News. Ever.

  3. Paul: Trust me. Eriksson... not good. Did I hear somebody being referred to in volleyball terms as a "dead zone" because the other team was going to get free points every time the ball went near him? Eriksson's like that, but on skates.

    Rob: Well, I was pretty overjoyed, but the Best. News. Ever. was probably that rumour I picked up somewhere that this maybe Magoo's last season. Glad to see you guys are alive and kicking though.

  4. Leanne, I didn't watch the game, so I can't comment on Eriksson's overall play, but if you look at the replay of the GWG, I'd like to know what he should have done in that case... why are there 3 other Flames directly in front of him and what appears to be a fourth in the offensive zone, considering the puck is still in the neutral zone.

  5. I am going to watch tonight and keep a look out for Eriksson...I hope he does ok...

  6. my major beef was that the "first period flames" were seriously incapacitated by the ridiculous opening lineup.... which makes me wonder if the the "second and third period flames" would have done well in the first....

  7. mmm... don't want to continue this discussion too much further, but Eriksson could have just hung onto the puck and taken the (inevitable) hit...or shot it out of play, he can do that in the neutral zone, right? I'm sure he'd like to have it back, at any rate.

    I would :P

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