Calgary is currently playing within a very favorable schedule rarely seen in a season with games every four days. That means lots of rest and chances to get the game plan together. For the most part the Flames did dominate 5v5 play, but it was the one on one battles that Calgary lost, only a handful, but enough to loose the game 3-2 .The likes of Jokinen and Iginla factored into the game with a goal each within the first two minutes of the game. However, if this team is to win games they need a bonafide top line. Right now they have three third lines, or maybe one second and two third lines.
Jokinen and Iginla are still asleep, still not playing within the system as far as I can tell, and still loose one on one battles. Both of them need to find their game in a hurry. When a team that comes off a back to back night and you had four days rest, you expect a win. Although Calgary outshot the Avalanche 32-14, the scoreboard is the deciding factor, and that read 3-2 for the Colorado who continue their dominance and now take sole possession of first place in the NW division.
EARTH TO IGINLA AND JOKINEN, earn your 13 million dollars and score some goals, maybe dominate a game or two.
Notes: Pardy back into the lineup and was a -2 with 2 min of penalties. Next up Detroit Saturday, so another three day rest.