There was good, bad, and meh, it’s regular season. The Flames lost their first pre-season game versus the Oilers at Home. The 4-3 contest was decided in overtime when 3 giveaways one after another lead to an Oiler breakaway for the short-handed game winner.

The big guns were out today, Iginla, Tanguay and Kipper all made their first start. Fireworks were expected and unlikely sources produced them. 6 goals were scored in the first period, all Flames goals from the top line (Lombardi with 2 and Iginla with 1), however, Kipper allowed 3 goals as well.

Brent Krahn came in halfway through the second period and played well, showing promise for future backup, allowing the breakaway goal in OT. Not much can be said about the play of the Flames. The vets look good but it doesn’t seem like any rookies will crack the lineup as no single player stood out above the rest.

The 7th D Man spot may be taken by Giordano if one had to choose today, however, there are many games left to play. Other notable exclusions included Yelle, who has yet to see game action.