Every game from here on in is a playoff game. Every game we’ll expect a win. It won’t happen but it’s practically necessary where every day the standings in the West Division fluctuate more than the Calgary weather. For the Flames’ sake they were 9th going into the game and 6th coming out.
But that won’t last. It doesn’t help that the wrong teams are winning games (is everyone on a winning streak?) It also doesn’t help the Flames comparatively have played more games than their opponents.
Tonight Calgary faced off for a home-at-home series versus the St Louis Blues.
It’s’ Oscar night but there was no glam or glitz to the early evening game. Calgary got off to a speedy start but probably could have mounted a better offensive attack. Although it looked like the Flames had most of the chances St Louis took the lead on the shot clock.
Special teams are starting to falter. You want top 10 in both PP and PK but lately the PP has been gun shy. A 4 minute PP in the first yielded few chances. The PP for the night 0 for 4; shots on goal just 20.
Calgary needs some more offense, and it needs to come from th eusual suspects. Iginla is in another goal scoring slump, and if he’s slumping eventually the secondary scoring will give out and you’ll start losing games.
let’s hope the Flames turn in a better effort against the Blues on Tuesday.
For his sake, head coach Sutter shuffled the lines mid-way through the second. It seemed to pay off dividends as David Moss scored his 15th early in the third period on a line with Tanguay and Moss. As for scoring, that would be it, although St Louis came awfully close twice: one goal disallowed, another rang off BOTH inside corners of the crossbar and out…..
Sometimes you have to be lucky to be good, tonight the Flames got lucky.
Notes: Giordano left in the first period to get stitches to his face after a high stick. Kiprusoff recorded his 5th shut-out of the season.