21 days and only five games. That’s very unusual for an NHL team. The homestand also means the Flames players got to spend three weeks in their own beds with the home distractions…. It also meant that the Flames had PLENTY of time to rest up and spend their pent up energy during games. Unfortunately, the Calgary Flames are suffering from lapses in detail and a lack of energy.
I’m not sure what else can motivate the team to get on board with the system, but national coverage, home ice, fresh legs, all of these things couldn’t get the team going.
Iginla and Jokinen still MIA
The only player you could rely on over 60 minutes was Miikka Kiprusoff who continues to shine early on in the season. Some timely saves late in the first period kept the game tied at zero.
Calgary did manage to sustain some pressure despite being outshot in every period. They scored first off a scramble in front of Osgood; Daymond Langkow tipped in his third of the season and Rene Bourque collected the assist.
After that the Flames gave up bad neutral zone turnovers and bad changes to actually LOSE the lead in less than minute and a half after the first goal. Kiprusoff had no chance on either goals due to a screen in front, both scored in the same way, screen and low shortside.
If you thought a comeback may be in order you thought wrong. Watching the game at the Dome seemed eerily slow, and not just because it was Halloween either. By the third period Sutter had finally had enough of the line combos and switched them all except for the second line who mostly played with pride.
Iginla was tentative and hardly generate a single scoring chance. Jokinen continues to look badly out of place. I still believe that Jokinen and Iginla need to play on the same line because Craig Conroy is not a first line center (or Jarome Iginla isn’t a third line winger), but they both need to figure out how to play hardcore hockey that–well–scores goals.
Until then, Flames fans can expect mounting losses…. but it need not be that way. We have the team, the talent, and two games in hand over most other teams. Time to pick up the play–maybe some time out of their warm beds at home will help—a road trip’s on the way.